151 Shelby Street Kingsport, TN 37660-4225 | p. 423.246.6185
Armstrong Construction

About Us

Armstrong Construction Company, Inc. is a general contractor licensed in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. For more than nine decades, it has remained one of the most progressive general contracting firms in Northeast Tennessee. The company began in 1915 as Armstrong Purkey. In 1927, Mr. McCoy was brought into the company, which was then called Armstrong, Purkey, & McCoy, and then was later known as Armstrong & McCoy. In 1939, the company became Armstrong Construction Company with C. B. Armstrong as the sole owner. The company was incorporated in 1946 as Armstrong Construction Company, Inc. Upon incorporation, C. B. Armstrong became President and Director, LeRoy Leonard was named Vice President and Director, and Henry C. Meeks was named Secretary, Treasurer, and Director. When Mr. Armstrong died in October 1961, LeRoy Leonard became President and his brother, John W Leonard, became Vice President. At LeRoy Leonard’s death in 1969, John Leonard became President and Leland C. Leonard, son of LeRoy, became Vice President. In 1977, Leland C. Leonard was named President, and in 2011, Leland’s son, John W. Leonard II, became President. The current officers of Armstrong Construction Company, Inc. are: • John W. Leonard II – President & Treasurer • Shirley A. Churchwell – Secretary In its early years, Armstrong Construction built some of the finest homes in Kingsport. The company was known as the “school builder” of the area from the early 1950’s through the 1970’s, and in addition to schools, Armstrong has since built many industrial, institutional, and commercial buildings, including banks, churches, nursing homes, and jail and court facilities. Armstrong Construction has been a dealer/builder for Butler Manufacturing Company and Star Building System pre-engineered buildings, and currently is a dealer/builder for Nucor Building Systems pre-engineered buildings. Notable projects constructed by Armstrong Construction in the past five years are: Common Use Building and 8th Grade Alterations at Science Hill High School’s 8-9 Campus in Johnson City; Ninth Grade Academy Addition at Cherokee High School in Rogersville; Career Technical Center Alterations at Science Hill High School; Riverview Place Housing Project (38 units) in Kingsport; The Kaycliff Center at Boone Lake (Wildlife Museum) Renovations; new Kingsport Fire Station No. 8; Alterations to the Central Office Area at Dobyns-Bennett High School; new Dealership for Phil Bachman Toyota in Johnson City; and Alterations/Addition for Johnson City Juvenile Court. Operating profitably for more than 98 years, Armstrong Construction is proud of its traditions and reputation for high quality work. Armstrong Construction’s mission is to provide quality work on time, and the company continuously strives to provide its clients with service and construction performance of the highest caliber.

Armstrong Construction is affiliated with Nucor Metal Building Systems. We can supply and build to suit your metal building needs


“The staff at Cherokee was extremely complimentary of Orville and the job he did in setting the standard for the expectations of all the workers on the site. Specifically they commented to me, on several occasions, as to the professionalism of all of the workers on site when they were in the presence of students. Also, the custodial staff at Cherokee indicated to me the willingness of the workers to help them when a need arose and how much they are missed now that the job is completed.”

Jim Hageman, Hawkins County Board of Education

“We have found Armstrong Construction to be very competitive and fair in their pricing, as well as being very professional and cooperative while working in the often difficult environment of retail banking services”

Roddy A. Varnell, First Tennessee Corporate Properties

“In my dealing I find them to be men of integrity and ability. They conduct their business in a professional manner with high level of competency and have demonstrated good character in their business dealings.”

Michael H. Simpson, Senior VP Bank of Tennessee

“From estimation to physical construction to financial matters, their staff and procedures have always been professional. The quality of their work is exceptional.”  

Dave Clark, President Clark and Company