History of Henry Building, Inc.

A.C. Schwarz founded "The Schwarz Company" in 1908 as a hard-working, hands-on General Contractor with a reputation of honesty and integrity. Projects ranged from commercial remodeling to constructing small retail buildings including the Oriental Laundry pictured below.

A.C. had three daughters and two sons, one of which was A.C. "Cotton" Schwarz, Jr., who took over operations of the company in 1945 after returning from WWII and after the passing of his father.

Cotton's sister, Gladys, married a young man names James Clinton Henry in 1927, having eight children including W.O. "Bill" Henry and A.E. "Eddie" Henry.

After many years of success and the passing of Cotton Schwarz in 1969, Bill took over the operations of the Schwarz Company; Eddie soon followed while also attending carpentry school in Dallas. Eddie was also the outstanding apprentice two years in a row at Local Union #198 as he worked for the Schwarz Company, served as President of the Schwarz Company, and, as a new venture, started Henry Building in 1971, concentrating work in the commercial office building and banking arena while Schwarz concentrated on industrial and plant construction.

In 1981, Henry building hired engineer Chuck Kornman to facilitate design build work and to expedite the building process, changing names to Henry Building & Engineering, Inc. Chuck passed in 1991 and the name was changed back to Henry Building Inc. Even though work was difficult to come by in the late 1980s, HBI flourished with both governmental and institutional projects.

As work picked up in the 1990's, HBI work in office buildings, mid-rise multi-family, and parking garages picked up considerably. As a self-performing concrete contractor, HBI had a competitive advantage and had an established reputation and client base.

With well-established subcontractor and vendor relationships, HBI is able to use a team approach to pricing and scheduling for projects. If involved early, the vast wealth of experience that HBI has developed over the century can be tapped. The Schwarz Company constructed one of Dallas' first post tension structures in 1964, and it is still there today.

To further increase our options and competitiveness, HBI acquired the assets and key personnel of a large forming company in North Texas. We are able to provide prompt service at extremely competitive pricing.

We have worked as a concrete contractor for many large general contractors such as Gables, Alliance, Fairfield, Trammell Crow and Allegro to name a few. We establish relationships that are mutually beneficial for safety, accuracy, pricing and scheduling.

Our goal is to keep our clients consistently informed, on time and within budget by using a team approach and a vast amount of experience and well-established relationships with subcontractors and suppliers.