At Yeargin Potter Smith, we provide superior quality to our partners throughout the building process, but our reputation is not limited to recent projects. Our history dates back nearly 100 years, and our founders were involved with the construction of many of the Southeast region’s most notable buildings. Since that time, we have and continue to expand our capabilities and geographic reach, but our commitment to quality and service remains the same.


Potter-Shackelford, Inc. was established in 1919 by F.L. Shackelford and W.T. Potter. Over the next few decades, the company completed many important landmarks, including the former Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Greenville, Greenville High School, and Lewis Plaza. The company went through reorganization and ownership changes in the latter half of the 20th century, but continued to work on some of the region’s most prolific projects, including the largest textile plant in the country.


Yeargin Construction has been a part of the Upstate construction community since it was founded by Bob Yeargin in 1959. The company was responsible for many projects around South Carolina, including McAlister Square and what is now known as the TD Convention Center. After the original company was purchased by Perini Corp. in 1976, Lynn Yeargin established Yeargin Enterprises Construction in 1984 and steadily grew the company throughout the state over the next two decades. Yeargin Enterprises became Yeargin Construction in 1999.


In 2004, Potter-Shackelford and Yeargin Construction merged to create Yeargin Potter Shackelford, bringing together two teams with substantial expertise in multi-family residential, commercial and industrial construction. Since that merger, YPS has executed many important projects under the leadership of Lynn Yeargin and Kirk Carter, including specialized industrial facilities, several worship centers and state of the art educational facilities. Many of these projects were performed on a design-build partnering basis.


In 2015, we changed our name to Yeargin Potter Smith to incorporate our newest partner, Sam Smith. With Sam’s expertise, we have expanded our capabilities to take on many urban multi-family projects in vibrant downtown areas. As Yeargin Potter Smith moves forward, we aim to continue building upon our rich heritage and strong reputation to maintain our position as one of the top construction firms in the southeast.