MICA started in 1962 as the vision of two men, L. C. Tubb, Sr. and Mickey Stewart, who saw that the recent kickoff of the interstate highway system would create new opportunities for road construction companies. MICA began as a guardrail contractor and quickly expanded into sign installation.
The 1970’s saw a variety of changes that molded future growth of the company. During this decade, the Tubb family consolidated ownership and L.C. Tubb, Sr. groomed L. C. Tubb, Jr. to follow in his footsteps. MICA’s scope of work expanded to roadway illumination as MICA completed projects throughout Texas.
During the 1980’s MICA expanded its capabilities throughout the state with the acquisition of Loyd Electric in San Antonio and the completion of a permanent office and warehouse facility in Houston. These developments gave MICA a base of operations in each of the three largest metro areas in the state of Texas.
The rapid changes in technology during the 1990’s brought changes to this construction company as well. MICA was an early leader in the implementation and integration of intelligent transportation systems throughout the state. MICA also contributed its construction capabilities to the mass rollout of cellular towers that occurred during the middle of the decade. These activities did not detract from MICA’s previous scope of work as MICA continued to grow its illumination and signing business as well.
With the new century, the packaging of projects by TxDOT began to transform. Projects grew in size with large projects like the High-5 in Dallas becoming more common. More recently the project delivery method has changed on these larger projects, with the design-build method gaining prevalence. Due to its reputation in the industry, MICA participated in the development and construction of the DFW Connector with Kiewit and Zachry, and SH161 with Balfour Beatty and Fluor. MICA was the lead on a design-build project to resign the access roads to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. MICA also has multiple active design build projects at this time.