Frank R. Hamilton, Jr. was born in Springfield, Kentucky on July 30, 1936 to Frank and Louise Hamilton. He has two younger sisters, Margaret Mary DeIulio and Sarah Sagun. Frank attended Saint Dominic Elementary and graduated from Springfield High School in 1954. He began his Civil Engineering education at the University of Kentucky on a Highway Scholarship in the fall of 1954 and graduated in 1958. During the summer he worked for the Kentucky Department of Highways, starting as an Axeman and finishing as an Assistant Resident Engineer. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.
Mr. Hamilton went to graduate school in 1959 but left to work with Nally & Gibson, where Frank Hamilton, Sr. was a partner. He assisted in erecting a new crushing plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. Mr. Hamilton oversaw many changes and growth at Nally & Gibson which also included the Ready Mix Concrete business from 1955-1994. Nally & Gibson’s growth expanded starting in 1961 when work began on I-75. During the next four years they provided stone for 25 miles of interstate in Fayette, Grant and Scott counties. The major impact for Scott County and Nally & Gibson came in December 1985 when Toyota officials made their decision to build the first U.S. car manufacturing plant in Georgetown. With this announcement, Frank erected the second crushing plant in the quarry which tripled the crushing capacity.
In 1989, Hinkle Contracting, East Kentucky Paving, and Nally & Gibson formed Hamilton, Hinkle and Ruth Paving Contractors which purchased the asphalt plant located in Nally & Gibson Quarry from the Charlton Company of Louisville. From 1989 through 1991, they started the busy work of expanding I-75 to 6 lanes and the first phase of the new Georgetown Bypass. This successful business continues to grow with Scott County and surrounding areas, and Toyota continues to be a major customer. In 2005 the company’s name was change to Hamilton-Hinkle Paving after the death of partner Jack Ruth. In 2005 Hamilton-Hinkle Paving merged with Nally & Gibson, Georgetown LLC. In 2000, Hinkle Contracting Corporation purchased one half interest in Nally & Gibson, Georgetown, from Frank Hamilton and his son Richard. Nally & Gibson, Georgetown celebrated their 50th Company Anniversary in 2005.
During his career, Mr. Hamilton served as Chairman of Kentucky Crushed Stone, 1976 and 1988, President of Kentucky Ready Mix Concrete, 1978, and Chairman of Kentuckians for Better Transportation, 1993. He was Chairman of Kentucky Highway Contractors, 2002 and President of Kentucky Plant Mix, 2005. He served for years on the Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Advisory Committees at UK, and was Chairman of the Construction Engineering Committee. He serves as a Board Member of many community and civic organizations including The Hope Center, Bluegrass Tomorrow, Scott County United and The Lexington Jazz Arts Foundation. He became a Board Member, 1981, Farmers Bank and Trust, Georgetown, and Farmers Bank and Capital Holding Company, Frankfort. 2005. In 1991, Mr. Hamilton was named Georgetown-Scott County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and served as its President, 1973 and 1990. Nally & Gibson was named Business of the Year in 2000.
Mr. Hamilton is an avid hunter, golfer and shooter of sporting clays and is a member of Elk Creek Hunt Club in Owenton, KY, and Quail Creek Hunt Club in Ft. Pierce, FL. He spends the falls hunting dove in KY and pheasant in Woonsocket, South Dakota. He and his wife Helen both enjoy sharing the same sports together. Frank has been married to Helen Hamilton since 1992. He has four children, Richard, Michael, Patrick and Margaret Hamilton and two step-children, Holly Scudder and Jason O’Neal. He is a proud grandfather of four, Caroline (6), Anna Katherine (4) and William (3 months), children of Patrick and Jodi Hamilton, Louisville KY and Nathaniel Scudder (3) son of Holly and Brooks Scudder, Lexington.