1972Charles “Hack” Sain founded Charles H. Sain Associates in 1972, with a goal to do what no others were doing – uniting engineers, architects, and contractors in seamless communication, planning, and execution. At that time, the business consisted of consulting engineering services. The initial total of authorized capital stock was $2,000.
1972-1979The 1970s was the decade of enclosed shopping malls. Much of the firm’s business during that time was focused on site engineering for construction of regional malls.
1980sWal-Mart Stores, Inc. built hundreds of stores throughout the eastern United States, and the firm provided site engineering and survey work for distribution warehouses, urban redevelopment sites and Greenfield sites, including Cullman Distribution Center in 1983.
1987The name of the firm was changed from Charles H. Sain Associates to Sain Associates under the leadership of then President, Randy Sain.
1989Joe Meads, PE, led the design team for the design of SR-35 widening in Rainsville, AL – the firm’s first transportation design project.
1994The firm obtained a continuing service on-call contract with Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for traffic engineering services (ALDOT’s first on-call contract).
1997Sain was awarded a planning contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), and soon after that established its office in Pulaski, TN.
1999The firm won a Best of the Best Companies for Working Families award from Birmingham Family Times magazine.
2000sSain Associates provided survey, site engineering, and roadway design for large industrial park projects like the Jefferson Metropolitan Parks at McCalla and Lakeshore, Jasper Industrial Park, and Prattville South Industrial Park.
2006The firm celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Pulaski, TN branch in 2006.
2010In 2010, Randy Sain retired, and Jim Meads, PE, became President/CEO.
2012Sain Associates diversified its capabilities by expanding its ITS and GIS services. The firm continued to diversify its civil services with projects like Martin Army Community Hospital, VA Hospitals, Social Security Building, FBI Building, and Redstone Gateway.
2020In 2020, the firm opened a branch office in Huntsville, AL. Sain Associates received a National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies for its work on the Interstate 20/59 Central Business District Bridge Replacement in Birmingham.
2022Sain Associates celebrates its 50th anniversary!