The Yates Companies will be recognized by  Gov. Phil Bryant Thursday at the Fair as part of the company's 50th anniversary celebration.

Gov. Bryant will recognize the Philadelphia-based company following his 10:40 a.m. speech at the pavilion on Founders Square.

The Yates motto -  On Time, Within Budget, To Your Satisfaction - was developed in the 1970s and has been synonymous with W. G. Yates and Sons Construction and its blue construction job site trailers for decades.

 William G. Yates III, President and CEO, said client satisfaction has always been very important at Yates, and today, as the company celebrates 50 years in business, the mission is the same: to provide value to its clients.

"We develop relationships with our clients and provide them with a job well done," said Yates. "Basically, we measure our success by the number of satisfied customers we have and we are fortunate that the list is long and distinguished."

Yates maintains that client relationships are the foundation for their success.

"To all of our clients through the first 50 years, we say thank you for your faith and confidence in Yates," Yates said. "To all of our Yates colleagues, we say thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to our mission. The primary reason that Yates has so many satisfied clients is because of the Yates team. Without the diligent and tireless efforts of so many great people, we would not be celebrating 50 years of successful projects."

Currently, Yates and its affiliates have locations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Montana, Maine, Tennessee and Texas with international offices in Mexico.

Over the years, projects have earned Yates international recognition.

Its portfolio includes projects from various sectors, including arts and culture, civil, commercial, education, entertainment and gaming, federal, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, municipal, retail and technology.

William G. Yates Jr., the co-founder said:  "My first goal was for the company to be bigger than me, so that when I am gone, the company would still be here. But goodness at the people who have been involved in helping me with it. It is a list that goes on and on and on, and I will be indebted to each one of those individuals forever."

As Yates Construction looks to the future, it is well-positioned and enthusiastic about the next 50 years. With an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement, the new generation of Yates leadership will aspire to reach even greater achievements.

"There is much excitement as we move forward to the next 50 years. Yates' third generation of leadership has already proven itself," said William G. Yates Jr. "To continue to grow, we must embrace change. The next generation must be better than the last, and they are."

Ranked among the top construction service providers in the country by Engineering News Record, Yates Construction is family owned and provides a wide range of construction and building services. Co-Founded in 1964 by William G. Yates, Jr., the company was steadily grown to become one of the top construction providers in the nation.

In response to the ongoing transformation of the industry, Yates Construction is dedicated to the initiative of promoting value-driven building design processes that emphasize design excellence, user satisfaction, reduced operating costs and environmental responsibility.