Keith R. “Tack)”Mims began his work in the construction industry on an I-65 project located in Chilton County in 1960. He started as a laborer for W. O. Smith Construction. Tack worked for several companies and was working as a lead carpenter for Harbert Corporation when Morris-Shea Bridge Company was formed. He joined that company as a project superintendent in 1969.
In 1976 he was contacted by Bill and David Abramson and they entered into negotiations to form Alabama Bridge Builders, Inc. These negotiations resulted in Alabama Bridge Builders, Inc. being formed in 1977 with Tack being a part owner and general superintendent. Shortly after its incorporation the ownership of Alabama Bridge consisted of David Abramson, Tack Mims and Tom Godfrey. Tack assumed the position of Vice President and his responsibilities continued to be seeing that the work on the projects was accomplished.
Since Alabama Bridge was a relatively small company, Tack found that he had to wear several hats. As the company started to grow, he continued to be a hands-on supervisor and at times continued to run individual projects. But he also had to be involved in decisions such as bidding, equipment acquisitions, employee situations and other requirements of operating a company. All of this resulted in him having a good understanding of all phases of the operation of a construction company.
Several years after Alabama Bridge Builders, Inc. had acquired an interest in Ballew and Roberts Construction Co., Inc., located in Sheffield, Alabama, in 1994 David Abramson and Tack swapped ownership interest in the two companies and at the same time Tack purchased the interest in Alabama Bridge held by Tom Godfrey. At this time Tack and his brother, Kelly Mims, became sole owners of Alabama Bridge Builders. Tack became president and Kelly vice president. Since assuming control of the company he has continued a program of strong and stable growth.
Since its inception the company had been located in Pinson, Alabama. For several reasons, Tack felt the need to relocate to Pelham, Alabama. The shop facilities had previously located to Clanton, Alabama so in 2003 Tack built a new office and located to its present site at 231 Applegate Trace, Pelham, Alabama.
Through the years Tack has worked for the betterment of our industry as a whole and bridge construction in particular. He has served on the board of ARBA and was a driving force in the formation of the Bridge Construction Association. He has worked tirelessly with his associates, the transportation department and the legislature for the betterment of the highway construction in our state.
Keith is married to Judy Hayes Mims and they have two children, daughter Krystal, son Kacy and three grandchildren. They are members of and very active in Union Springs Baptist Church.