Company History


It all started when Joseph (Joe) B. Butcher had a dream. In 1966, while working out of his spare bedroom, he began to live that dream. Joe, through hard work and diligence, created a reputation as one of North Alabama's most well respected drafting companies. Honesty, integrity, and fair pricing were the backbone of Joe's business philosophy. Over the course of the years, he compiled quite a portfolio of stock plans. They are available in hard copy to be previewed at your leisure. Soon, these will all be available on the web.

After taking ill in 1998, Joe sold his business to Tom Austin. Over the next several years, Tom introduced Computer Aided Drafting into the business. He began the arduous process of converting all of the drawings to this computerized, high tech automated system, while still maintaining the core values of Butcher Drafting Service.

Tom brings a wealth of knowledge to Butcher Drafting. He has vast experience in everything from civil design to production drawings, multiple phases of architectural design, and an extensive list of other talents that he contributes to the company.

While continuing Joseph's business ethics, Tom's client list has grown and includes general contractors as well as commercial and residential architects. Tom also caters to that individual with an idea who wants to see it in print and built on his property.

To keep up with the latest trends and designs, Tom is an advisor to our local technical school. He has, on occasion, had the opportunity to train others and teach them the skills and values that are so highly regarded here at Butcher Drafting Service.