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 The Branscum Construction and Precision Erection’s Highest and most Prestigious 2022 Building for Excellence Associate of the Year Award was presented to Michelle Pettey, during the annual Christmas celebration lunch on December 2nd, 2022. She was presented with a newly designed glass I-beam trophy in honor of her performance and qualities. Michelle was selected by her co-associates based on her loyalty, attitude, team work, pride and quality of work. She has been part of the Branscum Team for over 14 years. Michelle was acknowledged as one of the five Honorable Mentions in the previous years; 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021.


The five 2022 Honorable Mentions recognized were; Mickey Farmer, Iginio Perez, Matt Bruflat, Amie Wilson, and Kim Montgomery. These five individuals were also nominated by their peers for their excellence in the industry.

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Branscum Construction Company, Inc., a leader in the Kentucky construction industry for more than 45 years, is pleased to announce the leadership succession of Josh Branscum, Executive VP, to the role of President.

Josh Branscum will follow in the footsteps of his father, Stephen P. Branscum, and his grandfather Paul Branscum, who were co-founders of Branscum Construction Company in 1977.

Josh has gained tremendous experience serving in many facets of the business, such as a laborer on construction sites, marketing, business development, and his most recent role as Executive VP. For the past five years, he has worked alongside his father in strategic decision-making for the business. Josh completed his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication at Georgetown College (’ 05) and Bachelor of Science in Construction Management at Eastern Kentucky University (’ 07).

Stephen Branscum will transition from President of the company to CEO and Founder. He will continue to assist in the company’s business strategy, development, and growth. Stephen commented, “Since establishing our business in 1977 and after 45 years in the business, I look forward to fostering and supporting our company leaders for the future. I have full confidence in Josh, Senior Management, and our great team of professionals that have proven their ability, commitment, and leadership. I look forward to watching them shape the future for all our associates, families, the business, community, and industry”.


Branscum Construction Company, Inc. is pleased to announce that we will be leading the construction of the New Candleberry Candle Company facility.  The new 72,000 square foot factory and offices will be constructed at the corner of Chenault Road and US 421 in Frankfort, KY.

We are honored to be teamed with Million Architecture of Nicholasville, and AGE Engineering of Stanford.  We are excited to bring to life their vision and design.  The New Candleberry Candle Company is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2023.



Frankfort, Ky. Frankfort’s favorite candle company is on the move. Ernie Fowler, CEO of Candleberry, announced that the company is building a new headquarters and factory. It will be located on the corner of Chenault Road and US 421. A rendering of the new building is attached. The new facility will replace the existing factory located at Corporate Drive, Frankfort Industrial Park.

Candleberry will be installing state-of-the-art equipment that will increase efficiencies, expand capacities, and turn times for enhancing and improving customer service and thereby position the Company for further expansion.

The Candleberry candle business was started by the Fowler family in 1997 and has been growing steadily. “A key to our success is our network of loyal independent retail stores, located mainly in the Eastern United States”, Fowler said. The Candleberry candle is known as an industry leader for its key and most expensive component – its fragrance.

Candleberry prides itself in continually developing new home fragrances for the Brand. Such fragrances have the strongest memories of life at home, baking and cooking, foods customers love, and special holiday meals and parties during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other family gatherings. All products are extensively tested before introduction to meet the Company’s stringent standards.

Candleberry’s successes are due to its family values, management, production, sales teams, and the ideas of many people, Fowler said. For example, Candleberry’s first salesperson had the idea of a bourbon candle. “I didn’t think it would sell, but it sold in bunches:” remarked Fowler. It is now made for distilleries nationwide.

New products such as beer and wine glass candles as well as fragrance diffusers and bourbon cake gift sets are continuously added to round out the line of over 340 products. Candleberry’s recent product presentations in its bourbon-themed booth at the Atlanta Winter Market are shown in the attached picture. The recently introduced Nouveau candles are for aficionados of candles as both function and art. This newly designed candle includes Candleberry’s flagship fragrances: Hot Maple Toddy and Kentucky Bourbon.

Candleberry offers employees work equality, growth opportunities, and a safe and pleasant work environment. Fowler said the business was not only about candles, “it is about creating jobs and opportunities for others.”

The building was designed by Million Architecture of Nicholasville with site design by AGE Engineering of Stanford. Branscum Construction of Russell Springs is leading the construction team for the new facility of over 72,000 square feet, which will be completed in the late spring of 2023.

AGC Building Kentucky Award Russell County Public Library

Branscum Construction was honored to be selected as a recipient for the 2021 AGC of Kentucky “Build Kentucky Award” for the construction of the new Russell County Public Library Project. During the 12th annual AGC of Kentucky Conference, Branscum Construction was presented the “2021 Build Kentucky Award” for its category of new construction. This honor is widely recognized throughout the construction industry as this recognition exemplifies the high caliber of quality workmanship executed on this project.

On December 29, 2021 Branscum Construction shared this prestigious AGC of Kentucky “Build Kentucky Award” with the Russell County Public Library Board, the community and the design team of Brandstetter Carroll.

AGC Building Kentucky Award Somerset Independent Schools


Somerset Independent Schools – Wm M. Clark Athletic Field Turf & Aquatic Center Renovations Receives AGC 2021 “Build Kentucky” Award

Branscum was honored to be selected as a recipient for the 2021 AGC of Kentucky “Build Kentucky Award” for the renovation of the Somerset Independent Schools – William M. Clark Athletic Field Turf & Aquatic Center Renovations. For the last 25 years, the Associated General Contractors of Kentucky has presented the “Build Kentucky” awards in acknowledgement of the Commonwealth’s outstanding construction projects. Branscum Construction has been a recipient of twenty “Build Kentucky” awards through Construction the years. 

On Friday afternoon, January 14th, Stephen and Josh Branscum were honored to share this prestigious AGC of Kentucky “Build Kentucky” award with the Somerset Independent Schools Superintendent Kyle Lively and the Board of Education for the renovation of the William M. Clark Athletic Field Turf & Aquatic Center. This award is widely recognized throughout the construction industry, as it exemplifies innovation in construction techniques, state-of-the art advancement, community improvement, project management and environmental sensitivity performed on a project. Both of these projects meet all the requirements for the “Build Kentucky” award in the renovation category exemplifying the many challenges incurred throughout these projects. 

Russell County Airport Terminal 

The Russell County Airport Terminal project is set to begin excavation this spring.
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The new Adair County Genealogy & History Center was built adjacent to the Adair County Public Library. The genealogy department had outgrown its space inside the library. With the new one story center the department will be able to grow its collection even more. The center will be a source for family’s, homes, local business’ history along with the town and county records and military records.

The new Adair County Genealogy & History Center will bring the past, the present and the future together in one location.

The Branscum Team was Chase Robinson Project Manager and Jerry Brown was the Superintendent. Design Team was Wooldridge Design Services, South Central Designs and Arnold Consulting Engineering Services.

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What Clients are Saying About Branscum

“Every person with your company has a sense of pride in what ever they are doing that really shows on every finished project. The self motivation of each person is very easy to see, everyone pushes to complete each and every project on time.”

—Jim McWilliams, Project Coordinator Rite Aid