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With regional roots dating back nearly 50 years, Richland Industries, LLC has evolved to serve a national client base with three complementary but distinct business units: Contract Manufacturing, Industrial Services, and Commercial Construction. As a privately-held family owned company with nearly 500,000 sq feet under roof, Richland has the resources, experience, and agility to serve our clients’ needs.

Richland Industries Contract Manufacturing Division is a full-service build-to-print contract metal manufacturer with extensive capabilities that include large-scale metal fabrication, precision cutting, CNC breaking/bending, certified ASME Section IX welding, and CNC/manual machining, as well as sand blasting, wet paint, and powder coating.

With a focus on our commercial and government customers, Richland Industries Industrial Services Division provides a range of services regionally to assist companies with their maintenance, mechanical, and electrical service requirements. Richland also offers large-scale rigging capabilities. Additionally, Richland’s Industrial Services Division manages multi-million dollar base service contracts for the US Government.

Richland Industries Commercial Construction Division provides a full range of services that include pre-construction, general contracting, design-build, design-bid-build, and construction management. Richland has experience with new builds and renovations principally in commercial, industrial, infrastructure, municipal, retail, and medical facilities.

Richland Industries maintains ISO 9001:2015 Quality Certification and is proud to be a certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Additionally, Richland is a certified HUBZone entity as well as a registered Tennessee Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). Richland’s contract experience includes government contract mechanisms such as Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirements (SABER) and Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts.


CVE Certified SDVOSB
HUBZone Certified (#62438)
SAM UEI number: X86RJVAU3KN1

SDVBE (TN# 060520-02)
Cage Code: 88D71
DD Form 2345 / JCP
ISO 9001 : 2015


Joe Whelan


Rob Forte

VP/General Manager

Mike Duncan

Director of Industrial Services

Russ Wharton

Construction Business Unit Manager



Richland Industries, LLC offers competitive salaries, comprehensive employee benefit programs, and opportunities for professional development. 


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  • Equal Opportunity Employer
  • Certified Drug Free Workplace

SAM UEI number: X86RJVAU3KN1


Contract Manufacturing

  • 332114 Custom Roll Forming
  • 321920 Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing
  • 321991 Manufactured Home (mobile home) Manufacturing
  • 321992 Prefabricated Wood Building Manufacturing
  • 321999 All Other Miscellaneous Wood Product Manufacturing
  • 331221 Rolled Steel Shape Manufacturing
  • 332311 Prefabricated Metal Buildings & Component Manufacturing
  • 332312 Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturing
  • 332313 Plate Work Manufacturing
  • 332321 Metal Window & Door Manufacturing
  • 332323 Ornamental & Architectural Metal Work Manufacturing
  • 332420 Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing
  • 332710 Machine Shops
  • 332721 Precision Turned Product Manufacturing
  • 332322 Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing
  • 332439 Other Metal Container Manufacturing

Industrial Services

  • 332710 Machine Shop Work
  • 332996 Fabricated Pipe & Pipe Fitting Manufacturing
  • 332999 All Other Miscellaneous Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • 333514 Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig and Fixture Manufacturing
  • 333519 Rolling Mill and Other Metalwork Machinery Manufacturing
  • 333992 Welding and Soldering Equipment Manufacturing
  • 336992 Military Armored Vehicle, Tank and Tank Component Manufacturing
  • 344100 Fabricated Structure Metal
  • 344102 Fabricated Structural Metal for Bridges
  • 344199 Fabricated Structural Metal, nec
  • 344600 Architectural Metal Work
  • 344601 Stairs, Fire Escapes, Balconies, Ladders
  • 344602 Open Flooring and Grating for Construction
  • 344603 Fences, Gates, Posts and Flagpoles
  • 344606 Ornamental Metal Work

Commercial Construction

  • 344699 Architectural Metal Work, nec
  • 344900 Miscellaneous Metal Work
  • 344999 Miscellaneous Metal Work, nec
  • 349900 Fabricated Metal Products, nec
  • 349903 Metal Ladders
  • 354100 Machine Tools, Metal Cutting Type
  • 354101 Drilling Boring Machines
  • 354102 Grinding, Polishing, Buffing, Lapping and Honing Machines
  • 354103 Milling Machines
  • 354104 Lathes
  • 354105 Screw and Thread Machines
  • 354106 Saws and Sawing Machines
  • 354199 Machine Tools, Metal Cutting Type, nec
  • 354199 Machine Tools, Metal Forming Type
  • 354201 Punching, Shearing, and Bending Machines
  • 354202 Pressing Machines
  • 374300 Railroad Equipment
  • 423390 Other Construction Material Merchant Wholesalers


Joe purchased Richland Industries in December 2018 and serves as the CEO.  Prior to entering private industry, Joe served 21 years in the U.S. Army as an Infantry and Special Forces Officer. Subsequently, Joe served as the Vice President of Strategic Growth at Delek US/MAPCO Inc. for 3.5 years before joining Military Systems Group, Nashville, TN, in 2015 as the President and Owner.

Joe possesses a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Tennessee and is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee.  Additionally, he holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business as well as Masters degrees in Business, Education, and Strategic/Operational Planning.  

ROB FORTE, VP/General Manager

Rob joined Richland in June 2023 as Vice President and General Manager.  Rob graduated from the US Military Academy and served for 26 years as an Infantry Officer. In private industry, Rob served as plant manager and director of operations at Olin Brass and as a General Manager with Reddy Ice. Rob’s most recent position was Vice President of Operations and Manufacturing responsible for manufacturing, sourcing, purchasing, inventory management, quality, distribution, and customer service for Sestra Systems.

MIKE DUNCAN, Director of Industrial Services

Mike joined Richland Industries in 2019 and has 25 years of experience in the field of industrial manufacturing setup and services. In 2004, Mike graduated from TCAT Pulaski with a degree in industrial electricity and advance PLC programming. Mike has a certification in fluid power. Mike leads the Industrial Services Department and oversees rigging, industrial electrical and industrial plumbing/pipefitting. Mike and his team are experts at turn key Injection Mold Machine (IMM) installation and moves as well as high voltage power services.

RUSS WHARTON, Construction Business Unit Manager

Russ Wharton is a Certified General Contractor and Licensed Professional Engineer with over 30 years of diverse construction experience in the fields of civil, environmental and geotechnical engineering, municipal/government infrastructure and architecture projects and alternative energy fueling systems. He joined Richland Industries in 2022.

Russ has extensive experience in the petroleum, healthcare, commercial/retail industries as design consultant, Owners’ Rep, Construction Manager, and National Account Management roles. Russ has extensive background in managing national Program Management rollouts with extensive entitlement and permitting experience. Having worked on projects ranging from Superfund assessment and remediation, river port developments, alternative energy fueling and ground up medical facilities, has provided him a unique operational perspective on due diligence, project critical path development and problem solving on the clients’ behalf.

Russ holds a BE in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Vanderbilt University and is Richland’s General Contracting Registered Agent in multiple states throughout the US. Russ is active in his community through Rotary International and Freemasonry