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The Rise and Fall of a Construction Giant

The History, People, and Stories of CFW Construction

by Dick Farrar, Jr.


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Determined to bring utilities and small-building construction to rural areas, William R. Carter joined with Dick Farrar and John Williams to form the CFW Construction Company in Fayetteville, Tennessee, 1952. Named for the partners, CFW expanded into building plants, roads, tunnels, bridges, and more. Within forty years the company grew to five offices, 14 subsidiaries, a thousand pieces of equipment, and a proud workforce of more than 1,500 across a dozen states.

Then came the scandals.

By the end of the 20thcentury, CFW was gone, and the lives of everybody had changed. Dick Farrar's son was there for the best and the worst. Now he's written the definitive history, not just about a company, but a region and its people. With nearly a hundred restored photos, most in color, Farrar, Jr., tells the true story, naming names and documenting the details. The Rise and Fall of a Construction Giantis a keepsake, a historical record, the chronicle of an era, a compelling story told by the man at its center in the end.

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