Joseph Construction: Building the Future

Editor’s Note: This is part of an ongoing series in partnership with the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce showcasing local businesses. The Chamber Business Showcase is an annual event that is being taken online this year due to the pandemic. For more, go online to and search for the keyword #chambershowcase.

Joseph Construction is a closely held family-owned company established in 1972, located in Blount County. They are a sought after commercial and industrial construction company. The company has delivered everything from new office campuses, medical officers, churches, senior living facilities, schools, retail establishments, entertainment venues and complex technical industrial buildings.

Founder Joseph R. Zappa Jr. was born and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Growing up in the steel industry, he learned the value of carpentry and while playing football learned grit and determination from being the smallest player on the team. He earned an engineering degree and found a job at ALCOA Inc., which led him to Blount County. He followed his dream of one day opening his own general contractor company and partnered with Joe Holdridge, investing $5,000 into the company. Joe went on his own a few years later and formed Joseph Construction Co.

It was smaller than other general contractors, but he didn’t let that deter him from going after bigger jobs and the company continued to grow.

Client relationships are vital to the company and they go by the mantra, “Our word is our bond, if we say we are going to do something, we do it.” They listen, and are here for the long haul, for their clients. They have been a sought after company in East Tennessee for 50 years and they just don’t meet expectations – they exceed them.

The team at Joseph Construction understands at the end of the day building high expectations only matters when it can be built on a foundation of trust.

Joseph Construction is a company that cares and works for its clients. Locally, they are in the midst of helping renovate Morristown-Hamblen High School West.

Today, many of the clients are repeat business customers who have come to know and trust that Joseph Construction has their best interest in everything they do. By working with clients at the start of the project, they can help them save time and money, allowing the client to focus on what they do best. They work as a team with the architect, engineers and sub-contractors during the design phase to develop the best solutions.

Their goal is to keep clients fully operational and successful.

For Joseph Construction, it’s personal. It’s their word. It’s their promise. It’s their passion to help build your dreams. The buildings they create are a testament to the hard work and excellence of their team, but the feeling and impression left with you will stand the test of time.

Joseph Construction is East Tennessee’s largest pre-engineered, metal building representative for Butler Manufacturing Company, combining 100 years of experience together.

Being a Butler builder provides them with the ability to build custom designed and pre-engineered one- to five-story steel buildings for use as offices, medical buildings, banks and other commercial, industrial and institutional facilities.

Joseph Construction can be found on its website of or Facebook at

Their address is 3222 Wrights Ferry Road, Louisville TN 37777 and hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.