Austin Industries and its operating companies engage in almost every type of civil, commercial and industrial construction. Austin also provides in-plant maintenance and capital construction services to the plants of the refining and petrochemical industries. Although Austin operates primarily in the southern half of the United States, Austin has often performed work in the Northern U.S., as well. Austin Industries is owned entirely by its employees through its employee stock ownership plan. Each Austin employee is a part-owner of the company. Austin Industries provides its employees with a drug-free work place, extensive and recurring training, a focus on safe working conditions by supervisors and ongoing quality assurance reviews. Austin Industries has a corporate group whose entire purpose is to increase Austin's diversity. This program involves identification of minority-and women-owned and disadvantaged businesses, mentoring those businesses and providing opportunities for those businesses to work with Austin on major projects. The company has an office in Houston.