Rust Engineering

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Rust Engineering is located at 100 Corporate Parkway in Birmingham and specializes in the design and construction of equipment and facilities for heavy industry, including furnaces, boiler settings, industrial chimneys, and entire manufacturing and processing plants.

Rust was consistently ranked in Engineering News Record’s Top Ten Construction Firms throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Principal Subsidiaries

  • Rust Construction Services
  • Rust Environment & Infrastructure Inc.
  • Rust Remedial Services Inc.
  • Rust Industrial Services
  • Rust Limited
  • Rust Federal Services


The company was formed in 1905 in Birmingham as a partnership among three Rust brothers: Stirling Murray Rust, Edmund Jennings Lee Rust and Ellsworth Marshall Rust. Initially, the three brothers sold and installed a patented water-tube boiler invented by another Rust sibling.

  • In the early 1900s the company sold and erected steam plants throughout the Southeast.
  • In 1913 Rust established an office in Pittsburgh, PA and added an additional office in Washington, D.C. a year later.
  • In 1920 Rust was incorporated, officially establishing its headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • In 1936 the Allegheny Industrial Electrical Company (AIE) was formed as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rust. AIE provided electrical construction services for industrial projects, principally for Rust companies, but also for other engineers and constructors.
  • In 1967 Rust was aquired by Litton Industries through an exchange of stock.
  • In 1971 Rust headquarters were officially moved to Birmingham, AL from Pittsburgh, PA.
  • In 1972 Rust was divested to Wheelabrator-Frye Inc.
  • In 1996 Rust Constructors Inc. was acquired by Raytheon Engineers & Constructors Inc.