Our History

Founded by Casper Leon Benton, C.L. Benton & Sons has been providing heavy construction services along coastal Carolina since the 1920s. Casper Benton built the Pine Lakes golf course and assisted in the construction of the course at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club. When Casper’s son James and Leon joined the business, they worked on a third golf course – Myrtlewood. James eventually took over the family business and incorporated C.L. Benton and Sons in 1964. James’ sons Carson and Lawton joined the Company in 1983 and have worked diligently to keep the business thriving for future generations.

Currently, the working scope of the business is broad. This scope includes road construction; water & sewer installation; pile driving (both timber and sheet piling), and beach renourishment. Due to this breadth of expertise, C.L. Benton & Sons has the ability to work on a variety of projects, including golf courses, housing subdivisions, airports, malls, and restaurants. Most of the site work pertains to the Grand Strand but the pile-driving division works on projects throughout the state.

Recent Project Highlights:

  • TopGolf Myrtle Beach
  • Ripley’s Aquarium Penguin Exhibit
  • Arbor Landing Assisted Living Facility
  • Barefoot Landing Expansion including Lulu’s Restaurant
  • Cipriana Park and The Cape at Grande Dunes
  • Tidelands Health – Multiple Facilities
  • First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach

C.L. Benton & Sons has a proud history of providing its customers with quality products for nearly 100 years. The Company looks forward to continue serving the coastal Carolinas.

Our Team

Lawton Benton, Co-President

Lawton Benton, together with his brother Carson, are co-owners of C. L. Benton & Sons, Inc. Together, they also own and manage Arrowhead Country Club and Osprey Marina. A lifelong resident of Myrtle Beach, he serves on several boards including The Chapin Foundation, where he has served as Director of the Company since 2012 and currently serves as a member of the Investment and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committees, and The Coastal Educational Foundation. He also is an integral part of One Grand Strand, a vision committee focused on the future and innovation of Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand area. Lawton received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Clemson University. Lawton enjoys working with his brother, Carson, and his two sons, Edward and Spencer. Lawton is an active member at the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, a big Tiger fan, and enjoys spending his free time with his family, especially his grandchildren. 

Carson Benton, Co-President

Carson Benton, together with his brother Lawton, are co-owners of C. L. Benton & Sons, Inc. Together, they also own and manage Arrowhead Country Club and Osprey Marina. Carson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education from Clemson University. Born and raised in Myrtle Beach, Carson is very active in the community. He leads South Atlantic Bank’s loan committee and also serves on the executive and audit committees. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Grand Strand Miracle League, and a former board member for the Horry County Solid Waste Authority, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the Waccamaw Community Foundation, and the Ocean View Memorial Foundation. Carson is a member of Ocean View Baptist Church and loves spending his free time with his family and cheering on the Clemson Tigers.

Edward Benton, Jr., Vice President

Edward Benton is Vice President of C. L. Benton and Sons, Inc. He has been in, and around, the construction business his entire life. Born and raised in Myrtle Beach, Edward understands and appreciates what it takes to deliver quality products to customers with varying needs in the Coastal Carolina region. Edward has also served the local communities in a number of roles to ensure that the Grand Strand is thriving- as a Board member and Campaign Chair for the United Way of Horry Country, as a President and active member of the Grand Strand Sertoma Club, as an Elder for the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, and in various other volunteer missions. Edward received a Bachelor of Arts from Hampden-Sydney College. On his days off, Edward enjoys unwinding with his wife and three children, playing golf, and following his favorite sports teams.

Spencer Benton, Head Supervisor

Spencer Benton is a Supervisor at C. L. Benton and Sons, Inc.  A native of Myrtle Beach, he was raised up and around the construction industry with his brother, Edward, receiving first-hand knowledge of how the company operates.  As a former Clemson Tiger and Dallas Cowboy, Spencer demonstrates a determined mindset of striving to be the best.  A full-time employee of C. L. Benton since 2015, he is a certified Crane Operator and handles the company’s pile-driving services.  Spencer received his Bachelor of Science in Sociology, with a minor in Athletic Leadership, from Clemson University. He is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, where he volunteers with the Youth Group, is a member of the Fellowship Committee, and is a member of the Gathering Band. During his free time, Spencer likes to be with his wife, his two boys, his Standard Poodle, Grizzly Bear, and chasing the waves.

Kevin Ward, Estimating Director

Kevin is an Estimator and Project Manager at C. L. Benton and Sons, Inc. Born and raised in the low country of Georgetown County, Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Francis Marion University.  A vital member of the Company’s team, Kevin possesses an unmatched work ethic maintaining our company values of loyalty, trust and hard work.  In his free time, he enjoys catching fish and spending time with his family.

Alan Lee, Superintendent

Alan is the Superintendent of C. L. Benton and Sons, Inc. After growing up in and around Horry County, Alan went on to receive a degree in Computer Science from Horry Georgetown Technical College. Having been with the company for over 30 years, Alan’s expertise exemplifies the skills it takes to lead the daily operations of our Company.  As a certified Crane Operator and a licensed General Contractor, Alan is a true renaissance man- he can do it all. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors, working on personal projects and spending time with his loving family.

Neil Jordan, Equipment Manager

Neil is the Shop Manager at C. L. Benton and Sons, Inc. Born and raised in Aynor, SC, Neil has always had a knack for the motor engine. The Aynor High School graduate has formally been certified to diagnose and repair heavy equipment by the NIASE. His loyal 32 years at the company make in a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to keeping the engines rolling. Pumps, trucks, tractors, mowers; you name it, Neil is geared to fix it. In his free time, Neil likes to hunt and fish and spend time with his wife and those two boys of his.

Sherrie Gore, administrative Assistant

Sherrie is a secretary/receptionist at C. L. Benton and Sons. Sherrie retired from Horry County Schools where she loved working as the school librarian at Myrtle Beach Elementary for 28 years. She has enjoyed learning about the construction business while getting to know many new colleagues at C.L. Benton and Sons, Inc. The Myrtle Beach native has two grown children (Thomas and Nora) with her husband Kerry. They enjoy playing golf and spending time at the beach and the mountains. A favorite quote of hers is from Dolly Parton who said “leave something good in every day.”

Jennifer Seymour, Account Manager

Jennifer is an Accountant/office manager at C. L. Benton and Sons, Inc. where she handles all the financial and Human Resource needs of the company. Jennifer has been with C. L. Benton and Sons since December of 2019. Prior to that, she spent fifteen years managing the accounting department of a sister property, with over twenty-eight years of experience in all areas of accounting. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys time with her two sons, Justin, and Reid, her husband, Chris, two pugs, Maine coon cat, and the family parrot, along with repurposing old furniture, decorating and volunteering on her community Association’s board of directors.

Our Mission

With an unparalleled work ethic based on integrity and respect for others, our mission is to safely serve the local community by implementing our professional trades in the heavy earthworks construction industry while striving for excellence.

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Core Values

  • Integrity – The actions of knowing and doing what is right
  • Excellence – Being a professional in everything we do
  • Respect – “The Golden Rule” Treat others how you want to be treated
  • Responsibility – Being accountable to ourselves, to each other, and to our customers while embracing opportunities to contribute.
  • Communication – Openly and honestly
  • Value the experience and opinion of others
  • Resolve conflicts in a timely and positive manner by focusing on issues, not emotions
  • Celebrate Success


Over the last 85 years of experience with construction equipment, we have built a time-tested relationship with Caterpillar machinery and various other manufacturers. We are proud of our in-house maintenance program that is prompt to repair and reinstate our machinery back into the field, ensuring a dependable service and timely production.  The strength of our fleet allows us flexibility when problems arise, to maintain current workloads, and to achieve success without delay.

Used Equipment Sales
200 active pieces of equipment
For more information, please contact  Spencer Benton 843-448-3116

The best construction crew in Myrtle Beach.