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Agate Foundations and Piering Expands Commercial Business, Adds Staff


 KNOXVILLE, TENN. –(November 7, 2015) Agate Foundations and Piering, Inc., a Knoxville-based specialty general contracting and engineering company, is expanding its work in the commercial industry and adding to its leadership team.

 To assist with the day-to-day operations of this growing business, Agate has added John P. Hayes as Operations Manager. The company also has added Ben Webb to support the engineering team as a CAD and 3-D software rendering operator and Doris Roberts as the primary administrative assistant.

 Hayes is a mechanical engineer who worked for 16 years at Eskom, one of the largest power companies in the southern hemisphere. In his final position at Eskom, he was supervisor of the Mechanical Maintenance Department of the Electricity Distribution Division that conducted all mechanical maintenance in the Western Cape region of South Africa. He left Eskom in 1998 and started his own construction company. In 2009, he and his family immigrated to the U.S. and Hayes was quickly employed by Americas Energy Company where he rose to the leadership role as Chairman of the executive committee and Secretary for Evans Coal Company. Hayes and his wife of 24 years, Melinda, reside in the Knoxville area with their three daughters.

 Webb formerly worked for Scripps Networks Interactive and the University of Tennessee Sport, Peace and Society as a web programmer and graphic designer.

 Agate has been serving the needs of its customers in the Knoxville area since 1996. By combining their design-build model of geotechnical contracting and engineering, Agate is able to assist companies and homeowners in the construction and rehabilitation of commercial and residential structures. Agate also uses this same expertise and experience to restore foundation failures in existing structures, including historic homes, schools and churches.

 Agate is a small, woman-owned company that employs 11 professionals. Agate’s office is located in Fountain City at 4335 Anderson Road, Knoxville, TN 37918. For more information, please contact Agate at 865-471-1000 or