Hoar Construction is a privately held heavy construction company specializing in commercial and industrial buildings, health care, and retail construction. Founded in 1940 by F. R. Hoar, and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the company is currently ranked as one of the top construction managers and retail contractors in the United States. In addition to its Birmingham headquarters, Hoar also has offices in Huntsville, Mobile, Orlando, Nashville, and Houston. Founded in Birmingham, Alabama, the company initially specialized in the construction of churches throughout the Birmingham area. R.N. Hoar joined his fathers construction business in 1947, and F.R. Hoar and Son was established. After completing construction on 45 churches, F.R. Hoar and Son expanded its focus to include commercial and industrial projects. The company renamed itself Hoar Construction in 1985. With US$537 million in revenue for 2007, Hoar Construction was ranked 12th among Birminghams 100 largest companies; in 2008, it was named the fifth best place to work in America. According to the Birmingham Business Journal, Hoar construction "has built more than 100 enclosed malls, 250 theater screens, more than 90,000,000 square feet (8,400,000 m2) of retail space, and more than 5,000,000 square feet (460,000 m2) of commercial space since its founding in 1940.