Vega Corporation of Tennessee has earned a history of construction innovation, a trait started with its founder, professional engineer Louis Garcia. He and Bob Seals, a local architect, formed the company almost a half-century ago.
Lou is regarded as a pioneer in pre-stressed concrete and structural concrete engineering. As a result, Vega was at the forefront of tilt-up construction and complicated forming systems projects. For example, at the Tennessee Aquarium project, a Vega employee hand-drafted a reflected plan of the internal ramp system that navigates up the different levels of the aquarium. Every major subcontractor on the project used the hand-drafted plan as a coordination drawing, and as a result, valuable time was saved.
Jimmy Griffin, the current president, has been with Vega 37 years. Last decade, Jimmy and his son, Corey, completed purchasing Vega from Lou. In April of this year, three long-term, key employees have been welcomed into ownership of Vega: Brent McCurdy, Michael Quarles, and Carl Vicars.