Honoring Our Veterans

free-veterans-day1Today is Veterans Day, and White-Spunner Construction would like to thank all the men and women who have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Veterans Day was originally observed as Armistice Day, which was first proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919 to honor those who died in World War I. In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I, and he led the first National Veterans Day celebration in 1947 in Alabama. A bill establishing Armistice day as a federal holiday was passed through Congress and signed into law in 1954. Later that year, Congress amended the act, changing the name of the holiday to Veterans Day as it has been known ever since.

White-Spunner Construction would like to recognize the following employees who have served our country:

Russell Green: E-4, Sergeant; served in U.S. Air Force (1972-1976, then two years in the Reserves)

Joey Rice: E-4, Corporal; served in U.S. Marine Corps (1978-1982 active, 1982-1984 inactive)

Brandon Miller: E-4, Petty Officer, 3rd Class; served in U.S. Coast Guard (4 years active, 4 years inactive Reserve)

Jess Bowling: E-6; served in U.S. Navy (1960-1970)

Josh Dindo: E-5; served in U.S. Marine Corps (2001-2009)

Travis Deatherage: E-5, Petty Officer, 2nd Class; served in U.S. Navy (1998-2003)

Thank you for your service and for protecting our freedoms!

Congratulations to Debbie Johnson on her retirement

WP_20140918_12_36_57_ProWSC would like to congratulate Debbie Johnson on her retirement! Debbie has worked as a Project Assistant for WSC for 12 years. Today marks her last day with the company, and a luncheon was held in honor of her 12 years of hard work and dedication.

Debbie plans to travel as much as possible with her husband, Bill, after he retires at the first of next year. They are hoping to plan their first trips to the Florida Keys, New Orleans and Disney World. They also plan to attend several Nascar races and a couple of PGA golf tournaments as well. The couple plans to put their house up for sale next spring and would like to purchase land for hunting and fishing near Birmingham where their son and his family lives.

Congratulations, Debbie! We wish you all the best and a happy retirement!

Welcome New Project Manager, Paul Lewis

WSC would likeWP_20140714_003 (2) to introduce our new project manager, Paul Lewis. Paul grew up in Mobile and attended high school at UMS-Wright. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in 2000.

Paul previously worked as a project manager/estimator at Roy Lewis Construction from 2000-2011, where he specialized in design-build contracts in all types of commercial construction with some limited work in some higher end custom residential work. He then worked for two years as project manager/estimator for C. Sharpe Co. in Orange Beach, where he specialized in waterproofing and restoration projects.

Paul’s wife, Candice, is a fine arts instructor at Cottage Hill Christian School and Academy. They have two sons, James Holston who is eight years old, and Roan who is five. Paul’s hobbies include all things outdoors such as kayaking, inshore fishing and hunting.

Welcome Aboard Assistant Project Manager, Thomas Cotton

Thomas CottonHello everyone, my name is Thomas Cotton and I am an Assistant Project Manager on the RSA jobs. I attended college at Auburn University and earned my degree in Building Science. I have worked with White-Spunner Construction on various jobs through college internships, and I have always thought it was a great place to work. The men and women that I worked with on those projects taught a great deal about construction and real life experiences. With that knowledge I was vastly above the learning curve in my class and was able to graduate in 3-1/2 years.

After graduating from Auburn in 2010, I started with Southern Pipe in their Management Program. Shortly after completing the program, they assigned me to inside sales where I did most of their bidding out of the Mobile Branch. About a year later, the company asked me to move to outside sales to help grow their commercial, industrial and HVAC market. I gladly accepted and for the past two years worked my way up through the ranks until I was approach with a position here .

I grew up here in Mobile. I married my high school sweetheart, Monica, and we do not have any children at this time. I can only hope to be like everyone else at White-Spunner and earn a tenure here. I look forward to working with each and every one you!

I want to thank you for the opportunity to work for such a great company again!

National Fall Prevention Stand Down

This week, June 2-6, is OSHA’s National Stand Down on Falls in Construction. To help raise awareness about fall prevention, Capital Safety, a manufacturer of fall protection equipment, has launched its Every Worker Every Time initiative, which is a five-day fall protection and training program.

To further raise awareness about fall prevention, Capital Safety created the following infographic. Please share this information about fall protection to others in the construction industry as we strive to bring every worker at height home safely, every workday.

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Welcome Aboard New Foreman, Ruthie Wynn

WSC would like to introduce our new Foreman, Ruthie Wynn. Ruthie grew up in Chatom, AL where she graduated from George County High School, then went on to study nursing at Jones Junior College in Ellisville, MS.

Ruthie worked as a nurse in Ellisville for 12 years, and after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, she spent 4 years working for FEMA. In February of 2012, Ruthie began doing work for WSC through Labor Finders in Saraland, AL until this month, when she was hired as White-Spunner’s new Foreman.

Ruthie has two children, a 26-year-old daughter who is a nurse in Chatom, and a 24-year-old son who works in oil fields. She also has an 8-year-old granddaughter who is a straight-A student, and an 18-month-old grandson. Everyone please join us in welcoming Ruthie to WSC!

Safety in the Construction Industry

Viewpoint Construction Software recently created an infographic called “Safety in the Construction Industry” to give a deeper look at construction safety statistics over the last decade. Since safety is one of our top priorities at White-Spunner Construction, we wanted to share some of these interesting statistics:

  • The top 4 injuries that lead to fatalities in the construction industry are falls, being caught between two objects, electrocution and being struck by an object.
  • Eliminating these injuries would save the lives of 435 American construction workers every year.
  • Although the construction industry had a higher number of fatalities (775) in 2012, the transportation and warehousing, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining, quarrying, oil and gas industries had higher death rates based on the number of employees in each industry.

Check out the full infographic below:

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Welcome Courtney Cox, New Marketing Specialist

203f056Hello everyone! My name is Courtney Cox, and I am the new Marketing/Communication Specialist for White-Spunner Construction. I grew up in the small town of Centreville, Alabama, which is about 30 miles southeast of Tuscaloosa.

After a few years of “soul searching” and several major changes, I graduated from The University of Alabama in December of 2013 with a B.A. in Communication, majoring in public relations with a minor in psychology. During school and after graduation, I worked part-time for The University of Alabama Executive MBA Department as the Social Media Coordinator/Marketing Assistant. I also have a background in writing, editing, event planning and advertising.

Some of my hobbies include music, reading, shopping and cooking. I also love animals and Alabama Football. I just moved from Tuscaloosa to the Gulf Coast in January of this year, and I am looking forward to spending many weekends on the beach this summer.

I am very excited to start this new chapter of my career at White-Spunner Construction, and I look forward to working with and getting to know everyone!

Welcome Aboard Ross Moyer, New Safety Director

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Ross Moyer

Hello everyone, my name is Ross Moyer and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Safety Manager for White-Spunner Construction.  A little background information about me. I grew up in Oklahoma in a rural area near Tulsa, where I raised by my mother and father who instilled me with the values that I still try to live my life by today. They taught me that hard work is second to none and to always live my life with integrity.

I attended college at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK where I received a B.S. while double majoring in Environmental Health and Safety Management. I knew from my past experiences in construction, that I had a passion for the field and a great eye for safety. My education allowed me to expand on that knowledge and also has taught me how to adapt in the ever changing environment that is construction.

After graduating from Northeastern State I worked as a Safety Inspector for pipeline and oil field construction throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Illinois including a term working on the Keystone XL Pipeline. My family and I have recently moved to the Gulf Coast to experience a life on the beach.  I am very excited about this opportunity to work with White-Spunner Construction.

Thank you for your time and I’ll leave you with this thought. “Complacency is the largest threat to Safety.”