James E. Brown was born September 6, 1939 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He was raised in Clarksburg, West Virginia and educated in the public schools of that community, graduating from Washington Irving High School in 1957. He received a scholarship from General Motors Corporation and entered West Virginia University in September 1957 where he pursued a curriculum in Civil Engineering. He began his experience in the construction industry by working during summer vacations for The Chester Engineers of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the Clarksburg, West Virginia Sanitary Sewer Project.

Mr. Brown received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in June 1962. At that time, he entered the Graduate School of West Virginia University majoring in Highway Engineering and Soil Mechanics. Her performed research work in the field measurements of the temperature of asphaltic concrete and completed a thesis on that subject. He received a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering in January 1964.

At that time he became employed by C.J. Langenfelder & Son, Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland on a tunnel project on Interstate 70 in Wheeling, West Virginia, serving as a Field Engineer. In 1965, he was transferred by Langenfelder to the Keystone Power Station Project near Indiana, Pennsylvania where he served as Project Engineer for construction of the plant foundations.

From April 1966 to January 1968, Mr. Brown was employed by Harman Construction, Inc. of Grafton, West Virginia in the position of Superintendent-Engineer during which time he participated in the construction of various highway and bridge projects in the central West Virginia area.

For the period of February 1968 to October 1969, he returned to the employ of Langenfelder and was Assistant Project Engineer on their joint venture with Raymond International, Inc. for construction of Big Walker Mountain Tunnel on Interstate 77 at Wytheville, Virginia.

In October 1969, he returned to the central West Virginia area and was employed by Gibbs & Hill, Inc. of New York City as Field Engineer at the Harrison Power Station Project near Shinnston, West Virginia, a position he held for more than four years.

In January 1974, Mr. Brown became employed by G.A. Brown & Son, Inc. General Contractors of Fairmont, West Virginia as Project Manager for construction of a Float Glass Facility for Fourco Glass Company (now AFG Industries). He went on to manage several projects for the company and in June 1980, became General Manager of the firm's contracting operations. He advanced to Vice President one year later, a position he also held for an affiliated company, Construction Project Management, Inc. These companies are engaged in the construction of commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings for both public and private owners throughout the northern West Virginia area as well as occasional projects in adjoining states.

On December 31, 1990, Mr. Brown and his wife, the former Pamela Wolfe, also of Clarksburg, WV, purchased the stock of G.A. Brown & Son, Inc. from its parent company, Brown's Lumber and Supply Company, Inc. They continue to operate the company from its Fairmont, West Virginia locations.

Mr. Brown obtained Registration as a Professional Engineer in West Virginia in 1967 and has maintained that status since that time. He is also a Licensed Land Surveyor.

In 1983, he was invited to become a member of the Construction Industry Panel of the American Arbitration Association and has served as an arbitrator for a number of disputes. He is a member of the National and West Virginia Societies of Professional Engineers and is a director of several construction industry and business organizations. Included among these are the Marion County Chamber of Commerce and the Construction Employers Association of North Central West Virginia. He has twice served the latter organization as President and has been its General Labor Chairman for the past fifteen years. Mr. Brown has been an active member of the Contractors Association of West Virginia for over twenty years serving as chairman of numerous committees as well as on the Board of Directors. He is a past President of that organization. In addition, he is a trustee for three jointly administered multi-employer health insurance and pension plans for various building trades craftsmen throughout West Virginia.

Mr. Brown resides in the Knottsville area of Taylor County with his wife, Pamela. They are the parents of two married children.


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With over 50 years of experience, G.A. Brown & Son, Inc. is a leading contractor and construction manager within the state.


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G.A. Brown & Son, Inc.
215 Mill Street
Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: (304) 363-4500
Fax:      (304) 366-9456