In 1947, Jesse Norris and his son Ed had a vision; that vision was to be able to be in business together. Working out of their home town in scenic Chattanooga, Norris and Son quickly became prominent in the commercial masonry marketplace throughout the Southeastern United States. In 1950, the Norris's won the contract to build the Enka Rayon facility in Morristown, TN. This landmark facility is still in existence today as part of historic Morristown. The commercial masonry market was as competitive then as it is now, and margins were tight. Mr. Norris noticed there was work to be had in manholes and catch basins that other masonry contractors seemed to not be interested in. This new niche market led to Norris and Son, Inc. installing manholes and catch basins for the Federal Government during the construction of the Eisenhower Interstate system. Norris and Son, Inc installed manholes from Key West Florida to the top of Michigan.
At the same time, the father and son occupied their weekend doing brick work on boilers for a newly emerging company in Chattanooga. That company was Combustion Engineering, and it would quickly grow to be one of the largest pressure parts manufacturers in the United States. Thus, Norris and Son, Inc. refratory Sales and Services was born.
Today, Norris and Son, Inc. is proud to serve the Southeastern region of the United States as a top tier refractory service. Although we service and work hand in hand with the areas largest energy providers, we value just as much our relationship with our diverse client base. Even though we have grown and evolved over the years to meet and adapt to the changes of industry and market, the Norris name is still on the building. At Norris and Son, Inc, our clients and our employees ARE our family.