|Builders League United|
|Sphere of activity:||Construction operations|
|Chief Executive Officer:||Blutarch Mann|
Blast! I should have hired the BLU team...
— Redmond Mann
BLU (Builders League United) is a subsidiary of TF Industries, which allegedly specializes in "construction operations". BLU has considerable land in the New Mexican Badlands and appears to dabble in numerous industries, the most notable of which being the mining of gravel. They are led by their founder and CEO Blutarch Mann. Beneath the convincing exterior of their bases of operations can be found computer racks, satellites, rockets, and missile installations.
They put a considerable amount of wealth towards militarization in the hopes of defeating their rivals, RED (Reliable Excavation Demolition). Each corporation administers its half of the world with a multi-disciplined army of paper pushers. For any problem lacking an obvious bureaucratic solution, mercenaries are contracted to address the situation through a massive application of force. Conflicts between the two companies began as land disputes between their leaders continued for about a century until 1971, with the death of Redmond and Blutarch.
BLU and RED share an intense rivalry, with nearly all encounters between the two quickly escalating into brutal and often fatal violence. Inter-company friendship is also strictly forbidden by contract. Despite this, the BLU Soldier and the RED Demoman at one time became fast friends after meeting each other at a projectile weapons expo. Once this was brought to the attention of the Administrator, however, she pitted them against each other in a deadly competition that promised a mysterious new item to the winner, twisting their former friendship into a bloody war.
BLU favors a more industrial style of architecture than RED. BLU's dress code, however, is rather liberal, requiring that employees adopt a blue motif for easy identification. This could also be for identification by Sentry Guns.
The Administrator terminated the Director's interviews just before he started with the BLU team; so, in the Team Fortress 2 shorts by Valve, BLU usually is killed or defeated by RED.
Known sub-fronts of BLU include:
- Biggs Steel Rods
- Binksi Logging
- BLU Streak
- Goldstream Fuel
- Jimi Jam
- Regal Plumbing Systems
- Rio Grande Coal
- Scoot's Canoe
- Wright Shipping
- Mann Co.; with the simultaneous deaths of the owner, Blutarch Mann, and rival twin Redmond Mann, both heirless, ownership of Builders League United and holdings reverted to Mann Co.
- List of companies
- TF Industries