With Charbon, any road is possible.

At Charbon, we offer a turn key, full service solution to pavement preparation. 

Our Story

Charbon = French for Coal.  

When co-founder (Albert Whittington) spent time in France during WWII, little did he know it would influence a company that has operated for 60 years. Founded in 1961 by Albert Whittington and Otto Corum as Charbon Bridge, sister company to Charbon Stripping (coal mining), the primary objective was aimed at providing (steel and concrete) construction services related to mining.

In 1970 the shares were sold to Stew McCoy and Bob Kik and the operations diversified to include slipform paving, land clearing and asphalt milling.  At Charbon, the evolution of services is a product of innovative thought and entrepreneurial spirit. Experts in bridge rehabilitation; Charbon offered a low-slump concrete alternate to the popular latex material used for bridge deck overlays. This led to bridge decks needing to be scarified during this process and led to the eventual transition into pavement preparation.

In 2003, Charbon Contracting was born and our milling operations become the dominant focus of our company.

We are experts at advancing a common cause.

Put us to work for you as a subcontractor and we will contribute value wherever we participate. 

In Business Since

Tons Per Day

Miles Milled in 2019

At Charbon, we offer a turn key, full service solution to pavement preparation.


Charbon’s fleet of mills and operators are second to none, and we are happy to serve as a subcontractor to asphalt paving contractors across Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana.

Let us know how we can help make your project a success.



Employee Owned (ESOP)

Charbon is an employee-owned company.


Our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) provides employees with an ownership interest and retirement plan through the company.

Employees earn ESOP shares which are awarded annually by the trust to each qualifying employees’ account. ESOP shares are allocated to employees and may be held in an ESOP trust until the employee retires or leaves the company. An ESOP provides employees with an opportunity to contribute to the success of the retirement plan.

The value of the ESOP shares is determined by the total appraised value of the company at the end of each fiscal year.

Studies have found that ESOP participants made 5% to 12% more in wages and had almost three times the retirement assets as did workers in comparable non-ESOP companies.

ESOPs are regulated by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act [ERISA], a federal law that sets minimum standards for investment plans in private industry.

At Charbon, we offer a turn key, full service solution to pavement preparation. 

Our state of the art equipment, expert operators, and professional project management make us ideal partners on projects. We are experts at advancing a common cause and contributing value wherever we participate.