A Dream Comes To Life
B.R. Lee Industries (LeeBoy) was founded in 1964 in Charlotte, North Carolina, by B.R. Lee to manufacture products for paving and grading. During the 1960s, LeeBoy evolved from its successful pull-type paver design to its first self-propelled tilt-hopper LeeBoy paver in 1970. Patents on tilt hopper lift, hydraulic extensions and cut-off gates were received in the 1970s as B.R. Lee and his family continued the tradition of quality and innovation that commercial paving contractors have come to count on in LeeBoy products. By the 1980s, LeeBoy had expanded into the roller, grader, asphalt maintainer and trailer-mounted asphalt distributor markets to create the perfect paving package for customers.
The LeeBoy family of products expanded again in the 1990s with the innovative 8500 asphalt paver series, featuring the industry leading Legend Screed System. In 1997, the first LeeBoy force feed loader was built to compete with the Athey force feed loader.
Setting the Stage for Growth
In 2000, B.R. Lee Industries purchased majority ownership of LeeBoy, ensuring that B.R. Lee's dream of providing pavers with the best paving value available would continue. Growth continued in 2001 with the strategic purchases of the Athey force feed loader business and Rosco brand road maintenance product lineup, giving LeeBoy the broadest lineup of paving, grading and road maintenance equipment in the road construction industry.
2001 also saw the LeeBoy brands expand to serve government and contractor equipment users through LeeBoy Rents. LeeBoy Rents provides rental of specialized road maintenance equipment to contractors and government agencies with specialized equipment needs.
Building a Bright Future
In 2003, the Rosco operation was relocated to Denver, North Carolina, joining the LeeBoy and Rosco brands in one production facility. As LeeBoy grew, the need for a larger facility led to the 2006 relocation of operations and headquarters to the Lincoln County Industrial Park in Lincolnton, North Carolina. This new 219,000 square foot building put all production operations under one roof. 2006 also brought the purchase of LeeBoy by Vision Technologies Systems, Inc., of Alexandria, Virginia. Under the name VT LeeBoy, Inc., the company now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. Vision Technologies Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering, Ltd.
Continued innovation and a focus on meeting customer needs make the LeeBoy and Rosco brands shining stars in the worldwide road construction industry.