The Louisville Industrial Works was founded in June of 1865, and located on the corner of 8th and Cawthorn Streets in Louisville. The first officers were: Albert Fink - President, A. P. Cochran - Secretary and Treasurer, E. Benjamin - Superintendent, Gilman Trafton - Engineer, and George and James W. Ainslie. One year later, on June 19, 1866, the name was changed to the Louisville Bridge and Iron Company. The company moved to 11th and Oak Streets in 1872. Both the name and location changes were to be permanent.
A 1924 article in the Louisville Courier-Journal reports some of the Louisville Bridge and Iron Company's major contracts to date, including:
- *Finktruss Bridge - named for the patent Albert Fink received, this bridge spans the Cumberland River near Clarksville, Tennessee.
- *During World War I, the company built parts for the U.S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation, Submarine Boat Corporation. In recognition, one of the large steamships during the war was named the "Louisville Bridge".
- *Howard Theatre in Atlanta - at a cost of $1 million.
- *several bridges for the Luoisville and Nashville Railroad.
- *the 14th Street Bridge across the Ohio River - began in 1867, opened in 1870.
- *Atherton High School in Louisville.
- *several buildings for the Louisville Gas and Electric Company.
A 1926 article in the Louisville Courier-Journal announces the retirement of Frank Vaughn, the president of the company (age 70) after 58 years of employment. If these dates are correct, Mr. Vaughn joined the company in 1866 at the age of 12 years!
The Louisville Bridge and Iron company closed in 1987 after 122 years of business in Louisville.
The records of the Louisville Bridge and Iron Company consist of photographs of projects, books containing technical and financial information, legal documents (including insurance papers and deeds), and large blueprint drawings.