Henry Hinkle Life Member Award


Henry L. Hinkle, Sr. was born in December, 1951 to Buckner Hinkle, Sr. and Sally Spears Hinkle in Paris, KY. He is the second of three sons and grew up in a construction and farming family. His father founded Hinkle Contracting Corporation in 1942 and his mother was a Bourbon County native whose family began farming in the area in the early 1800s. Hinkle began working on the family farm as a child; as a teenager he worked in the family construction business. He attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar from 1969-1973.

In 1974, Hinkle began is career with Hinkle Contracting Corporation as an estimator on commercial asphalt paving projects Two years later, he took the position of general manager at Bourbon Limestone Company in Paris. In 1978, he returned to Hinkle Contracting as the vice president of the Cumberland Quarry Division which included two limestone quarries near Somerset, KY. In 1982, he succeeded his father, Buckner, as president of Hinkle Contracting.

The late 1980s through 2009 was a period of expansion for the company with numerous acquisitions of limestone quarries and asphalt plants. By, 2009, Hinkle’s fixed plant operation consisted of ten limestone quarries and sixteen hot mix asphalt plants, which annually produced in the range of three million tons of crushed limestone an d1.5 million tons of hot mis asphalt. Major projects during this time  period included several sections of the Paris Pike, four sections of the Somerset Bypass and widening of I-75 in Scott County to six lanes in a partnership with Nally and Gibson. PCC pavement projects included runway reconstruction at the Nashville, TN International Airport and new construction of US 27 in Campbell County, Ky.

During his service as president, Hinkle worked closely with his brothers, Buckner Jr., who served as the company’s chief general counsel and Tom, who served as executive vice president. Hinkle was actively involved in industry organizations and served as chairman of the Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors, Plantmix Asphalt Industry of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association.

In 2010, Hinkle Contracting Corporation was sold to Summit Materials, a publicly traded Denver-based construction materials company. Hinkle continued to serve as president until his retirement in 2012. he currently serves as CEO and Treasurer of Hinkle Holding Company, LLC in Paris, a family owned investment business.

In 1977, Hinkle married Barbara Jennings from Paducah, Ky. They have three sons, Lockhart, William and Buck.

The Life Member award presentation was conducted by Henry's brother, Tom Hinkle. Tom shared many family stories about Henry and Buck and growing up in the family business. Ron Gray, former Executive Director of KCSA, presented the award to Henry (photo shown above). KCSA is honored and appreciative to have such a person invovled with the association and promoting the industry.