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.”

4th Annual Boys and Girls Club Fishing Day Was A Success!

On behalf of everyone at White-Spunner Realty, we’d like to express our gratitude to all the fine companies who made our 4th Annual Boys & Girls Club Fishing Day possible! Twenty-Eight children (ages 7-12) joined us on a recent Saturday for a fun-filled day of boating and fishing. The weather gave us a morning scare, but our prayers were answered and the boats sailed. Weeks Bay Reserve was the perfect setting, after a very active morning, for lunch and a very creative and inspirational prayer from all in attendance.
A big thank you to the following individuals and companies for their generosity of time, talent and treasure:

Donors:
Sam & Debbie Covert
Neil Johnston
Guarantee Title
Weeks Bay Reserve
BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama
David J. Cooper
Pilot Catastrophe Services

Support Staff & Boat Captains:
John White-Spunner, Craig Helms, Mary Donna Helms, Katya Tippy,Dawn Collum,
Pat Taylor, David Dexter, Nancy Stone, Mike Reid, Sharon Wright, Raymond Faircloth,
Rhonda Copeland, Tracy Womack, Benson O’Conner, Maurice Pless, Brian Chunn,
Ritchie Prince, Richard McElroy, Seth Smith, Skip Jones, Chuck Kelly, Doug Ray
Brandon Miller, Joey Rice, David Rice ,Matt White.
We look forward to another memorable event next year!

Phase II Public Health Lab Scheduled For Completion

The Phase II BSL3 Lab work at the Mississippi Public Health Lab is scheduled for completion this month. This complex project included modifications to the existing HVAC systems, filtration and operation control systems, life safety electrical power, and the forensic testing of BSL3 room integrity which resulted in additional room pressure sealing upgrades. We also constructed this 81,000 sf four story facility which includes laboratory facilities that will study and hopefully help find cures for various diseases. The entire facility including mechanical and electrical systems are uniquely designed and built to meet the demanding needs for these specialized labs.

This project is an example of how White-Spunner Construction’s commitment to implement safety, quality, and integrity in every project created a “Win-Win”. The Owner chose to engage our company again to work closely with them and the new design team. This Phase II was implemented to create specific solutions that will allow for confident operations within the BSL3 labs and support service areas.

A special “kudos” to the White-Spunner construction team that was assembled to complete these modifications. Our Phase II team also included a group of very talented engineers, subcontractors and vendors that worked closely with us to provide another excellent outcome for a site specific project and satisfaction to the Owner.

Achieving Excellence in Changing Times

With technology continuously changing, it seems like our world gets smaller and smaller, even as we grow in it. Technology brings all types of information to our finger-tips daily. You can instantly “search” and “research” for just about anything.

In our construction industry, this parallel is also true. There are so many paths a building project can potentially take. When an unexpected condition or obstacle arises, it is very important to quickly determine the best approach to take for resolution.

What does the term “Risk Management” mean to you? Does it mean “quickest evacuation route” or “just put the fire out”? The best decisions tend to be made with a long-term goal in mind, even at the cost of sacrificing possible short-term gains. Thinking of each project as a long-term race, instead of a short-term gain, will help you make smarter decisions.

At White-Spunner Construction, the work we do for our customers and clients has a specific goal: to achieve the highest level of excellence. Our commitment to safety, quality and integrity in every aspect of our company enables us to consistently do that, often exceeding client expectations and yielding long-term relationships.

Allan Gustin, Vice President, Pre-Construction & Estimating