Merit’s History

Merit Construction, Inc. is a commercial and industrial Construction Manager / General Contractor located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Merit was organized in September 1982, and was initially formed as the merit shop subsidiary of a larger construction company which operated, at the time, as a union shop organization.

In May 1990, Merit became independent from the parent company. The late Charles A. Hays Jr. served as president until March 1995, at which time he took the position of chief executive officer and Bruce A. Bosse was promoted to president. In 1997, Marvin L. House joined the firm and served as CEO from 2003 – 2016. Marvin L. House now serves as Chairman and  Bruce A. Bosse now serves as President / C.E.O.

Merit is locally owned by thirteen principals, all of whom are active in the day-to-day operations of the company. Officers are Marvin L. House – Chairman, Bruce Bosse – President/C.E.O., Steve Heatherly – Senior Vice PresidentWes Crow – Senior Vice President, Patrick O’Hara – Vice President, Buddy Heins – Vice President, and Shannon Sapp – C.O.O / Corporate Secretary.  Other shareholders include: Tyson Brewster – Project Manager, Tommy Cutcher, Lynn CooperAaron Gilreath, Drew Milsaps, and Steven Cox .

Merit’s field staff includes 20 on-site project superintendents, approximately 17 tradesmen and a full-time safety director. Merit’s office staff includes 21 individuals with responsibilities in estimating, project management and accounting along with the support personnel necessary to provide complete pre-construction and construction services. Merit maintains an active payroll of approximately 61 employees.

Merit Construction, Inc. has shown strong, steady growth since 1982, with annual construction revenues averaging approximately $100 million annually. This work has all been performed from our Knoxville office with the vast majority of the work being completed within the East Tennessee area. Merit is recognized by the Knoxville Business Journal’s “Book of Lists” as one of the leading construction firms in the region.