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August 24, 2018

Davis & Floyd Is Honored to be a Part of the Dedication of “Emmett I. Davis, Jr. Memorial Highway”

The commute to Davis & Floyd’s Greenwood office has a lot more meaning now. On Wednesday, August 22nd, the Davis & Floyd family helped dedicate the 5-mile stretch of Highway 72/221 in front of Davis & Floyd headquarters in Greenwood, South Carolina, to the late founder of the company, Mr. Emmett I. Davis, Jr.

The sign “Emmett I. Davis, Jr. Memorial Highway” now proudly stands directly in front of the office where Mr. Davis spent the majority of his impressive engineering career. An innovator in the engineering industry, Mr. Davis founded Davis & Floyd in the back of a liquor store in 1954. Over the last 64 years, his company has grown from a two-man start up to becoming the largest, privately-owned engineering firm located in the state with approximately 175 employees and five offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, and Greenwood. Mr. Davis’ son, Stephen Davis, current president and CEO, carries on his remarkable legacy today.

The highway dedication ceremony, which brought in friends, family, and co-workers from across the state, honored Mr. Davis’ outstanding accomplishments in South Carolina, as well as the memory of him as a true Southern gentlemen and man of integrity. Many shared words of admiration for Mr. Davis’ work and values in life, a true testament to the positive impression he made on so many.

“He made a real impression on my life. To start a company over 60 years ago that has become the largest privately-owned engineering firm in the state, that tells us an awful lot about Emmett Davis,” said Ben Davis, State Department of Transportation Commission Chairman and friend of Mr. Davis.

The highway will serve as a great reminder of the outstanding work Mr. Davis performed on thousands of miles of roads throughout the state. The Davis & Floyd family thanks the South Carolina General Assembly and South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) for officially renaming the highway, and all those who attended the ceremony to honor the memory of a truly extraordinary man.