Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville’s success depends directly on our employees. We are proud to be one of Middle Tennessee’s top employers with Fortune 500 level benefits. If you are interested in joining our family at Rio Grande Fence Co., we encourage you to complete our mini job application.

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A Tradition of Service That Extends to Employees

Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville, Tennessee, had humble beginnings. In 1958, armed with $1,500 and pure tenacity, Derek Smith’s grandfather and grandmother invested everything they had and started the company from scratch. In 1996, the company made the decision to move away from the residential market and concentrate on providing fencing to general contractors, business owners and government agencies. This decision has enabled the company to give “white-glove treatment” to a more focused clientele and to work on establishing itself as The Commercial Fence Professionals™.

A company of any merit that wants employees to give great service has to give employees great service.
— Derek Smith, Chief Operating Officer

That tradition of service excellence doesn’t stop with Rio Grande’s customers. It extends to the company’s more than 40 employees who, through their access to ADP TotalSource®, are empowered to more easily personalize their benefits selections, plan for retirement, and monitor their payroll. And the ADP® onboarding solution helps company management find and introduce new employees to this nurturing company culture.

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Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville
Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville

Check out our press release for details on our company's recognition as one of the top places to work in Middle Tennessee.

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  • 4 major medical health plan options
  • Vision and dental plans also offered
  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer matching program
  • Christmas bonuses
  • Paid vacations
  • $25,000 life insurance policy paid by RGF on your behalf
  • LTD plan after 180 day elimination period paid by RGF on your behalf
  • ADP employee assistance program
  • ADP mobile app to view your employee info
  • Opportunities for Titans, Predators, Nashville SC, and concert tickets at Bridgestone Arena
  • ADP discount program
  • Donut Thursday

Training Scholarships for AFA Fence Installation School

We created an internal scholarship competition for two fence installers to win the opportunity to participate in AFA's Fence Installation School. We receive some great applications during the process and enjoy reading about our co-workers' desire to attend this prestigious training event. Those who attend come back with more confidence in their respective jobs with the education they've received. One item that impresses us the most is how the attendees came back with the mindset of being a professional in everything you do, which fits in perfectly with the phrase on every company work shirt: The Commercial Fence Professionals™.

AFA University Classes

In September 2015, Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville debuted a series on Thursday mornings branded as AFA University. All company employees participate in the weekly educational series held from September–May. Since everyone in the company can't attend the full week version of AFA University, we decided to provide a continual learning environment in our business to ensure all employees stay current on the latest fence products and installation tips, together.

Weekly Safety Meetings

As part of keeping our employees safe and educated on the latest safety trends, we host a weekly safety meeting with 100% team participation. This standard allows us to succeed in our stated safety goals by having constant communication with each other. Perfect safety years are a rare occasion but are starting to become the standard at Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville. Employees lead most classes with discussion topics generated from feedback in the field. We enjoy the opportunity to host representatives from Tennessee 811 for our annual one-call training to promote safe digging. Our company's preferred tool vendor, Hilti, has a great Nashville office that volunteers to lead multiple classes each year on the latest safety practices and tool advancements. Local contractor groups, ABC & AGC, have safety series DVDs that help supplement our teachings. Our safety meetings are designed to spark conversation. At the end of each class, we ask for feedback on the topic, or on anything else our staff may want to bring up as a safety concern. Our employees stay engaged in our company's safety process by learning together and asking great questions each week. We have benefited from hearing great safety ideas in these meetings that have turned into successful updates to our program.

Employees "caught" working safely on random job site checks receive a Chick-Fil-A gift card. The team below was "caught" in full PPE on a jobsite.

At RGF, you have a say in the matter when it comes to the selection process of our team's PPE, equipment, and tool purchases. Whether during our company-wide safety meetings or during AFA University training sessions, we discuss various purchases company-wide and have multiple work teams collaborate during the selection process by demoing different units to find the best fit. At RGF, we want you to have a say in the equipment you are using to get the job done. One of RGF's top tool partners, Hilti, assists us in the process by loaning our team members different versions of a certain tool so we can test and find the best fit for our needs. We appreciate Hilti sharing our collaborative approach, and we think our employees do as well.

February/March AGC Build Tennessee Awards Show with RGF Management Team
March/April Annual Good Friday Service Project (local non-profit receives a free commercial fence)
August Fence Skills Championship™ held at RGF
Founders Day Breakfast Event held at RGF in honor of our founder, Lee Roy Smith
October ABC Contractors Award Show with RGF Management Team
Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser
December Annual Company Christmas Breakfast at RGF
Annual Safety Award
Annual Red Wing Safety Boot Program Distribution
OSHA 2-Day Paid Training Course


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If you are interested in joining our family at Rio Grande Fence Co., fill out this form, and we will be in contact by the next business day.

Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville has been installing and repairing fences for commercial and industrial projects since 1958. Business owners, general contractors, government agencies and sports facilities throughout the Mid-South turn to us for perimeter security and peace of mind.

Serving The Mid-South

Our regional reach extends from Nashville to projects all over the Mid-South.

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