That Brice is known for expert remote logistics and operations is not just a reputation. It’s HISTORY. One that has endured through three generations of the Brice family, another feat unto itself. And one that fittingly began in parallel with Alaska’s statehood.
“The Brice family came to Alaska before Statehood, and when people talk about the changes since then, a Brice can often tell you how he cleared the way.”
Brice Inc. was established in 1961 with wife and husband, Helenka and Luther Liston Brice, as President and Vice President respectively. In 1992, sons Andy and Al assume leadership. Between 2000 and 2005, the company transitioned into the hands of third generation sons, Sam Robert and Alba Brice with support from brothers Luther, Matthew and Vernon.
A complete timeline of the Brice Companies is below along with early press coverage of the Brice companies and family.
|1867||United States purchases Alaska from Russia.|
|1957||Al Brice (oldest of five sons) moves to Alaska from Florida for a new job and looks for family business opportunities. Shortly after, parents, Luther Liston Brice and Helenka McNutt Brice, as well as brothers Sam Richard, Thom, and Andy Brice follow.|
|1959||Alaska becomes a state.|
|1961||Brice Inc. is established in Fairbanks, Alaska. Helenka Brice, President Luther Liston Brice, Vice President Al Brice, Vice President Sam Richard Brice, Vice President/Secretary Thom Brice, Vice President Andy Brice, Vice President|
|1964||Brice lands first big job—the airport in Norvik.|
|1974-1977||Brice clears much of the route for the TransAlaska pipeline.|
|1987||Luther Liston Brice passes away.|
|1991||Brice Environmental is established in Fairbanks, Alaska.|
|1992||Helenka Brice passes away. Second generation assumes full leadership: Andy Brice becomes President Al Brice becomes Vice President Sam Richard Brice, Treasurer/Secretary Thomas Brice, Land Clearing Operations|
|2000||Sam Robert Brice (third generation) is named President.|
|2005||Operations are now managed and run by the third generation.Sam Robert Brice – PresidentAlba Brice – VP BDLuther K Brice – VP OperationsMatthew Brice – VP AdministrationVernon Brice – Equipment ManagerCraig Jones – VP EnvironmentalTodd Henderson, VP – Accounting|
|2010||Calista Corporation purchases Brice Inc. yet continues to operate autonomously.|
|2011||Brice Environmental is moved out from under Brice Inc. and is accepted into 8(a) Program. Craig Jones becomes President.|
|2012||Bilista Holding Line is formed as part of an organizational re-structuring by Calista—and is one of five Calista Holding Lines, representing Construction and Equipment businesses.|
|2014||Brice Environmental opens second office in Anchorage, Alaska.|
|2015||STG Pacific is added to the Bilista Holding Line and accepted into the 8(a) program in 2016.|
|2016||Luther K. Brice is named President of Brice Inc.|
Brice Engineering and Brice Civil Constructors are added to the Bilista Holding Line. Both achieve 8(a) certification in 2017.
|2017||Bilista Holding is comprised of eight core companies; five 8(a) companies and three non-8(a) companies. Additionally, the non-8(a) companies include six additional subsidiary operating companies.|
|2019||Brice Builders 8(a) is added to the Bilista Holding Line.|