Our History

Over the Years

A timeline of the evolution of J. E. Burton Construction Company.


  • John Edward Burton, Sr. and partners open J. E. Burton Construction Company. The company concentrates on building supply sales, residential and light commercial construction.

  • Constructs first consolidated public High School in Halifax County, VA.
  • Refocuses on commercial, industrial and institutional construction and grows reach throughout southern Virginia and central North Carolina.

  • Focuses on textile and wood manufacturing industry. Competes successfully for new school projects throughout Virginia, establishing long-term clients that continue into today.
  • John “Johnny” Burton, Jr. becomes the second generation President.

  • Constructs first food processing facility in Southside Virginia.
  • Continues serving southern Virginia & central North Carolina clients involved in: Hospital/Healthcare, Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional (Schools, Religious & Public)

  • Adapts to manufacturing and healthcare explosion.

  • Continues support for changes in healthcare technology.
  • Focuses on industrial technology.

  • Adopts new project delivery methods including Design/Build services.
  • Enters Technology Market and is selected to construct Riverstone One.
  • Completes first LEED registered project in Southside Virginia at the H.E.F. Innovation Center (American Tobacco Warehouse).