February 17th,2015
WSC Lunch and Learns about Stress Management

White-Spunner Construction recently held a lunch and learn session on stress management at our office headquarters on Friday, February 6. The session was led by our Safety and Compliance Manager, Ross Moyer, and employees were invited to enjoy some barbeque while learning ways to avoid and cope with stress at the workplace. 
 
Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. While moderate levels of stress may actually improve performance and efficiency, too much stress can cause an unproductive anxiety level. On the other hand, too little stress can result in boredom. High levels of stress can cause physical effects such as weight gain or loss, unexpected hair loss, heart palpitations and high blood pressure. It can also affect us emotionally by causing mood swings and anxiety and could potentially lead to depression and/or unhealthy ways of coping with stress. 
 
Those in attendence at the lunch and learn were divided into two groups for a demonstration. Each group was asked to form a circle, and a small stress ball was given to one person in each group. The groups were asked to toss the ball around to each other in the circle without giving it to the same person twice until everyone had the ball once. They were then asked to keep tossing the ball around in the same pattern while another stress ball was added to the rotation every few minutes. With each new ball that was added, it became a little bit more difficult for the groups to remember the pattern and pay attention as the balls were being tossed around. 

The demonstration was a perfect example of how stress is created. Many of us have a routine we follow every day, similar to the pattern in which the balls were thrown. Now imagine each item on your daily to do list as another ball being added to the circle. As your list grows, it becomes harder and harder to juggle everything at once and eventually it becomes too much for one person to handle. 

Following the demonstration, Ross went over a few strategies that have been proven to reduce stress including body relaxation such as breathing techniques and guided imagery, physical exercise such as yoga and other workout routines, meditation and counseling. Effectively managing stress can yield several benefits including improved physical health, increased energy, stabilized emotions, a more positive attitude, happier moods, improved focus and ability to learn and achieve. Some other helpful tips for managing stress include changing perceptions and expectations, breaking tasks into manageable parts, setting reasonable and realistic goals, avoiding procrastination, setting boundaries, refusing to compromise values, and scheduling some personal time for yourself to relax. 

This was a very fun and imformative lunch and learn for our employees, and we plan to have several more sessions like this throughout the year. Our goal at WSC is to provide our employees with plenty of opportunities to learn more about safety, health and wellness and to remain knowledgable and up to date on topics, techniques, trends and changes within our industry. 


December 23rd,2014
WSC gives back for Christmas

Community involvement has always been a top priority here at White-Spunner Construction. Our company and employees are dedicated to giving back to our community year-round, but at Christmas time, we like to do just a little bit extra to reach out and help those in need.

This year, WSC was proud to participate in WPMI Local 15’s “Making Spirits Bright” campaign by sponsoring the Bay Area Food Bank. By sponsoring this local food bank, we were able to help fund the distribution of food and groceries to local families in need. The Bay Area Food Bank has had almost 11 million pounds of groceries donated by local grocers this year. To see the story that aired on WPMI Local 15 News, check out the link below:

http://www.local15tv.com/community/features/making-spirits-bright/bay_area_food_bank/#.VJncKXkA

WSC was also honored to help out another local organization by donating Christmas gifts to the kids at the Ralph Wilson Youth Center in Daphne. WSC has been blessed to partner with this organization, the Executive Director Mrs. Barbara Brown and the Board of Directors for 20 years.

The Youth Center held its annual Christmas party on Friday, December 19. The students enjoyed sandwiches and cupcakes before they each got to pick out a Christmas gift from the large collection of bikes, toys, games and electronics. Mrs. Brown and White-Spunner’s CEO, John White-Spunner, had gone shopping the night before and personally picked out the selection of gifts for this year’s party.

In addition to the Christmas gifts, the students who made all A’s and B’s in school were each given a special gift, a $25 Walmart gift card, as a reward for all their hard work and dedication. About half of the students made the Honor Roll this year, which according to Mrs. Brown is about double the usual number. Mrs. Brown says she plans to get some of the organization’s board members together within the next couple of weeks to take the kids shopping to spend their gift cards. 

White-Spunner Construction is happy to give and invest in such a successful program for kids in our local community, and would like to thank the Ralph Wilson Youth Center for inviting us to celebrate Christmas with the organization and the students. We would also like to thank WPMI and the Bay Area Food Bank for allowing us to participate in this year’s “Making Spirits Bright” campaign and to help out with such a worthy cause. From all of us here at WSC, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

 


November 11th,2014
Honoring our Veterans

Today 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!

 


September 18th,2014
Congratulations to Debbie Johnson on her retirement

WSC 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!


July 28th,2014
Welcome New Project Manager, Paul Lewis

WSC would like 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.


July 21st,2014
Welcome Aboard Assistant Project Manager, Thomas Cotton

Hello 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!


June 4th,2014
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.


April 25th,2014
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!


April 18th,2014
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:



April 10th,2014
Welcome Courtney Cox, New Marketing Specialist

Hello 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!