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It was 1960 when a local developer approached John Yarbrough about starting his own surveying company.  Little did John know or expect what was to follow.  It was that day when one of Charlotte’s more prominent engineering and surveying firms was born.  It was that day the roots of Yarbrough-Williams & Houle, Inc. were planted. 
As a result of hard work and dedication, the company began to grow.  A list of clientele that included several of the area’s most recognized developers and builders grew as well.  A project list spanning almost 50 years includes many well-known neighborhoods that comprise the very fabric of the Charlotte area.  Neighborhoods such as:  Foxcroft, Raintree, Montibello, Skybrook, Longview and The Palisades.  Other projects were Charlotte Motor Speedway, The Latta Arcade and The Charlotte Coliseum.
Mr. Williams joined the firm in 1969 contributing to the growth of the land planning and engineering departments.  He became involved in the growth of the Charlotte’s development process that is in place today.  His public service included the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Zoning Ordinance Re-write Committee in the late 1970’s, the Mecklenburg County Drainage Commission in the 1980’s, the North Carolina Housing Cost Task Force, and served as President of the Charlotte Home Builder’s Association in 1998.
Joining the firm in 1995, Mr. Houle helped the company grow to another level.  Keeping the company tradition, he served the public and the industry well.  Mr. Houle’s service to the community was recognized by his peers with the presentation of HBAC’s most Distinguished Service Award in 1999.  He served on the first Building Development Commission, CMUD Developer Liaison Committee and many other stakeholder groups.
The company was a sole proprietorship until incorporation in 1984 as John R. Yarbrough & Associates, Inc.  The name would then change to Yarbrough-Williams & Associates, Inc. prior to the current name adopted on the company’s 40th anniversary.
Since those first roots were established in 1960, YWH has continued to grow.  Charlotte’s metropolitan region has grown and we have engineered and surveyed over 2,000 miles of new streets, water and sewer lines and over 100,000 new homes.  YWH has made Charlotte home for nearly a quarter-million people!  Home to YWH is our own building at 730 Windsor Oak Ct. conveniently located between South Blvd. and I-77 near the central location of I-77 and I-485.  A warm welcome awaits you at Yarbrough-Williams & Houle, Inc.
We hope you plan to come by soon.

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