MOBILE, Ala. (March 23, 2016) - The Mobile Section of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Alabama presented White-Spunner Construction (WSC) with a Construction Safety Excellence Award at its 14th Annual Construction Safety Excellence Awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 23. This prestigious annual award is an ongoing effort by AGC to recognize companies that have developed and implemented a safety culture through management commitment, employee involvement and program innovation. WSC maintained an excellent safety record throughout 2015 with more than 175,000 hours worked without a lost-time incident, bringing the company's overall total to 2.425 million consecutive safe hours worked.
Mobile Section, Alabama AGC is part of The Associated General Contractors of America, Inc., the leading association for the construction industry. AGC represents more than 26,000 firms - including more than 6,500 of America's leading general contractors, 9,000 specialty contracting firms and 10,500 service providers and suppliers. AGC is dedicated to safety and accident prevention, continuing education, research in methods and materials, ethics and trade practices, and market development. The Association serves its members by providing guidance in the fields of labor relations, legislation, public relations, contracts and bidding procedures.
Congrats to White-Spunner's Chili Cook Off team for placing first in the Veggie/Poultry category, and for winning Best Overall Chili at this year's American Cancer Society Chili Cook Off! The event was held at The Grounds on Saturday, March 5 and raised more than $150,000 to support ACS in its mission to cure cancer.
For this year's event, our tent was decorated with a '35' theme to celebrate White-Spunner's 35th Anniversary in the construction business. Our employees look forward to this event each year, and we were beyond excited that our chicken chili recipe was named Best Overall. WSC would like to thank all of our employees and family members who volunteered to help out with the event, as well as those who came out to support the team!
A few of us here at WSC were able to sneak away from the office to attend the Ruff Wilson Youth Organization's annual Christmas party on Friday, December 18. Our company has been blessed to work with this organization for more than 20 years, and we were excited for the opportunity to carry on our tradition of donating Christmas gifts to the students this year. We had so much fun helping the staff serve food and drinks (and LOTS of cake) and watching the kids pick out their gifts! This party is something we look forward to each year, and we would like to thank Executive Director Mrs. Barbara Brown for allowing us to be a part of their Christmas celebration!
For the second consecutive year, White-Spunner Construction was a sponsor for Making Spirits Bright, a charitable holiday drive in which local businesses help fulfill the needs of several nonprofit organizations in Mobile and Baldwin County. This year, WSC chose to sponsor Prodisee Pantry in Spanish Fort. Prodisee Pantry is a faith-based community ministry that provides emergency food and disaster relief to families in need. The organization has provided assistance to more than 90,000 families facing hardship stemming from job loss, medical expenses, natural disasters and other crises. Check out the video below to see how WSC is "Making Spirits Bright" for Prodisee Pantry this holiday season!
Chritsmas is always a joyful time for us at White-Spunner Construction, and you can definitely feel the holiday excitement in the air here at our office. You can hear our employees chatting often about decorating their homes, planning holiday parties and buying gifts for their kids. While the gifts under the tree are one of the most exciting things about Christmas morning, we know there are many children throughout our community who would not receive any Christmas gifts without the help and support of others who are willing to give back. That's why for this holiday season, White-Spunner Construction partnered with The Salvation Army for their Angel Tree Program by hosting an Angel Tree here at our office. The Angel Tree program is designed to help families in need by fulfilling the needs and wishes of children in our area, plus it gives our employees an opportunity to personally give to those less fortunate in a fun and meaningful way.
WSC would like to thank our employees who participated in the Angel Tree Program for their willingness to give back, as well as their creativity in selecting gifts for their Angels. With their contributions, we were able to fulfill the Christmas wishlist of 20 kids in our area! We would also like to thank The Salvation Army for allowing us to participate in such a fun and thoughtful program - we can't wait to do it again next year!
A grand opening ceremony was held on Tuesday, November 24 for The Deaconess apartments located at 2535 Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans. This 40-unit complex is the fifth project White-Spunner Construction has completed for Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, a real estate development company dedicated to revitalizing the Gulf Coast by creating high-quality communities that are safe, healthy, sustainable and affordable. The development is a renovation of the former Bethany Nursing Home, which had been left vacant since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. The complex consists of 20 permanent supportive housing units and 20 affordable rental units offering quality housing for disabled, homeless and low-income individuals in the area.
WSC is honored and thankful for the opportunity to work with the first class team at GCHP to improve communities along the Gulf Coast. We look forward to continuing our partnership with GCHP and extend to them our sincere wishes for ongoing success in the years to come.
While residents in South Carolina are working to recover and rebuild after the historic flooding that took place earlier this month, everyone at WSC is continuing to pray for those without homes, those who lost loved ones and all other victims affected by this disaster. Located on the Gulf Coast, WSC is all too familiar with this type of devastation and the long road to recovery the people of South Carolina are facing now. This tragedy also hits a little closer to home for us as we have employees currently living and working in South Carolina, as well as a project currently in progress in Columbia. Of course, the damage we have experienced has been very minimal compared to the thousands of people, families and businesses that have been affected by this terrible situation.
In the time we've spent working in South Carolina, our company has built excellent relationships with the local municipalities and other businesses in the area, and we want to do all we can to be good neighbors and support our friends in need. Some of our employees living in South Carolina and experiencing the devastation first-hand have been volunteering with their families and others in the area by helping move families, bringing food, repairing homes and doing whatever they can to lend assistance. They have also called on our employees here in Mobile to help in any way they can by donating money, food, water, materials, tools, etc.
In addition to the individual efforts of our employees, White-Spunner Construction is making a $2,000 donation to the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief efforts. According to the organization's website, the Red Cross has mobilized more than 800 workers, 56 response vehicles and shelter supplies for 5,000 people since the floods began. If you would like to make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, please visit www.redcross.org/donate/weather.
Pictured below: WSC representatives Amy Anderson (left) and Jamie Montgomery (right) presented a check for $2,000 to Linda Crowell, Major Gift Officer for the American Red Cross South Alabama Chapter.
The Fresh Market held a grand opening of its new store in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Wednesday, August 12. This location is the second project White-Spunner Construction has completed for The Fresh Market following the remodel of the Mobile store on Airport Boulevard.
To read more about the store's grand opening, check out the following article published on AL.com:
From multifamily developments to institutional buildings, manufacturing and processing facilities, shopping centers to health care and even its own headquarters in Mobile, White-Spunner is leading by example, setting the standard in green design and practices.
The 2015 WSR Fishing Day was a great success! White-Spunner Realty sponsors this event each year for the Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama. This year's event was held Saturday, June 20 at Weeks Bay Reserve. WSC would like to thank Brandon Miller, Josh Dindo, Thomas Cotton, Joey Rice and Todd Amos for volunteering their time to help with this event!