From the President

David  T. Harrell, PE

Vaughn & Melton growth

Over the last 50-plus years, Vaughn & Melton has become a leading engineering firm in the Southern Appalachian Mountain Region. But, the company's success started modestly in 1967 with two men and one office. And because of excellent engineering and hard work, we have since become a "go-to" engineering firm with offices throughout five states.


Diverse engineering

After Bob Vaughn and Nick Melton met in college, they eventually opened an office in Middlesboro, Kentucky. It was the very first engineering firm to get licensed in the state, starting as a Transportation Engineering firm with a single highway project. But, over the last five decades, we have added other engineering related services including Civil Design, Surveying, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Bridges and Structures, Utility Coordination, Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI), Right-of-Way Acquisition (ROW), Water Resources, Public Relations and Streetscape Design.


Every project begins with the planning phase and advances through design, construction and finally to project close out. Vaughn & Melton has honed our own in-house Quality Assurance and Quality Control methods to see that your project specifications are met while always striving to exceed your expectations.

Where we work

We offer these services throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.


225 Employees, 14 Offices, Five States, One Company


No matter where you are or who you’re working with at Vaughn & Melton, we promise to deliver the same consistent quality of service to all of our clients, both small and large alike.


Our employees make the difference

Vaughn & Melton is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) firm, 100 percent owned by the very people who deliver engineering excellence. Providing our employees with a greater stake in the work they do is one of the best ways to drive our company forward. We not only provide greater opportunity for our employees to grow professionally and to develop ever-increasing expertise in their careers, but we also maintain an employee benefits package that is unique in its breadth and depth within the industry.


Engineering excellence

In the pages of this website, you will find more of who our people are, the professional services we offer, the projects we have completed and the places where we work. And you can contact us any time to discuss what Vaughn & Melton can do for State Departments of Transportation, Local Governments of all sizes and Private Businesses.


Grow with us

As you look through, you can explore the diversity we offer through our exceptional personnel and professional services. As we grow, so does our website, so check back often. There are bigger and better things to come.


Once you look through our site, I encourage you to do what countless others have done over the last half-century; grow with us. You will not be disappointed. We can build a life-long relationship, working together, and make the world a better place.

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