Everyone here at WSC is continuing to pray for the thousands of people who were impacted by the disastrous flooding that took place last week in Louisiana. Many of us have family members or friends that were affected by this terrible situation, and we also have several employees currently living and working in Louisiana who have experienced the devastation first-hand.
The picture below - taken by WSC Civil Operations Manager Jamie Montgomery - shows a flooded home near one of our job sites in Robert, Louisiana.
Throughout the years, WSC has completed hundreds of projects in Louisiana. We've built many strong relationships with the people in these communities, and we want to do all we can support our friends and neighbors in their time of need. Our employees currently working near these flooded areas have been volunteering and doing whatever they can to lend assistance to the recovery efforts. In addition to these individual efforts, White-Spunner Construction is sending backpacks packed with supplies for those in need.
Our company has also made a $5,000 donation to the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief efforts. According to the organization's website, so far the Red Cross has served more than 260,000 meals and snacks, distributed more than 60,000 relief items, and provided more than 40,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters. There are more than 1,900 Red Cross workers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico supporting the relief effort, along with hundreds of local residents. However, the organization is still in dire need of donations, supplies and volunteers. Find out how you can help by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. You can also text the word representatives to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Pictured below: WSC representatives Amy Stephenson (middle) and Courtney Allen (right) presented a check for $5,000 to Linda Lewis at the American Red Cross South Alabama Chapter. These funds will be used to provide food, shelter and assistance to thousands of flood victims in Louisiana.
White-Spunner Construction (WSC) was recently named as one of the 2016 Best Companies to Work for in Alabama by Business Alabama and Best Companies Group. This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in Alabama, benefiting the economy, workforce and businesses. WSC is one of 16 firms that received the honor of being named to this year's list of Best Companies to Work for in Alabama.
Founded in 1981, the team at WSC is currently celebrating their 35th year in business and their second year to be named to this list. The company was recognized as the fourth Best Company to Work for in Alabama among small-to-medium firms back in 2012.
To compete for this honor, eligible companies from across the state are evaluated based on company culture, workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics, as well as the results of an employee survey measuring the employee experience. In addition to being recognized as a great place to work, participating companies also receive a feedback report from Best Companies Group based on the results of the employee survey.
"We saw a great response rate from the survey, and we believe our employees were able to capture the true culture and spirit of our company in their feedback," says John White-Spunner, President and CEO. "The success of our company is defined by our collaborative culture and dedicated workforce. Our greatest strength is our employees - they are passionate about what they do, and they share the same values and commitment to excellence our company was founded on."
In turn, WSC is committed to the individual success, health and well-being of its team by offering a generous and comprehensive benefits package, as well as state-of-the-art corporate facilities with an on-site fitness center, corporate health and wellness initiatives, team building and stress management activities, continuing education and tuition reimbursement, in-house training, and individual career pathing plans.
"We take great pride in the work we do for our clients, as well as our commitment to our employees and the community. Throughout the years, our company has worked to become not just a great place to work, but a place for our employees to call home," White-Spunner says. "As a family, we collectively celebrate individual successes, both personal and professional. We build each other up during hard times, and we hold each other accountable in our daily actions. Our aim is to create a working environment where each employee feels appreciated as a valued member of our team."
The 2016 Boys & Girls Club Fishing Day was a huge success - the weather was perfect, and the fish were biting! WSC would like to give a special thanks to everyone who provided supplies and/or donations, as well as those who volunteered their time to help out with this special event.
This year was our first time to compete in the Fuse Project's Dragon Boat Festival, held Saturday, June 11 at Battleship Memorial Park. The White-Spunner team (officially named Paddlestar Galactica) was one of the top fundraising teams raising a total of $3090. The event helped raise a total $217,297 for the Fuse Project in support of their mission to improve the lives of children along Alabama's Gulf Coast. Out of the 64 teams that participated, our team was ranked 40th overall and 8th in our division - not bad for beginners! Congratulations to the WSC team on a job well done!
6th Annual Boys and Girls Club Fishing Day
Benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of South Alabama
Sponsored by: White-Spunner Construction
When: Saturday, June 25
Where: Week's Bay Reserve
This year we expect 30+ young boys and girls to join us for a fun-filled day of fishing on beautiful Mobile Bay. Lunch will be served and a speaker will talk to the kids. This event is special to us because it allows us to provide a fun outing for kids who might not get the chance to enjoy a day out on the water.
We need your support to make this event a success!
If you would like to help us with this event by being a boat captain, providing supplies or cash donations please contact Amy Stephenson 251-300-3852 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week, White-Spunner Construction celebrated Safety Week 2016 - a week during which construction companies across the U.S. come together to refocus and reenergize our commitment to eliminating injuries on our jobsites.
This year's theme for Safety Week is "We are Stronger and Safer Together." The collective mission is to partner together as an industry in recognizing and thanking our workers for supporting safety; increasing safety awareness and education; demonstrating and celebrating our commitment to safety; inspiring and motivating others to work safely; and working together to strengthen the safety culture of our industry as a whole.
Our company promoted Safety Week on our jobsites by hosting Safety Stand Downs for fall protection awareness, but we also wanted to do something special to remind everyone that safety isn't just business - it's personal. We asked our employees to let us know who and/or what motivates them to make safety a priority each and every day. We took their responses and posted them to a "Why I Work Safe" board on display here at our main office.
In honor of Safety Week 2016, here are a few reasons why we work safe at White-Spunner Construction:
"I work safe because I love to spend time with my family, and I want everyone to have the same opportunity."
- Thomas Cotton, Assistant Project Manager
"This young man right here is why I work safe. My son, Alex, is the reason I get up every day and the thing I am the most proud of accomplishing my life! My example to put safety first is hopefully inspiring him to remain safe in his chosen field of auto mechanics and engineering. And though only a sophomore at GA Tech, he is already a full time manager leading several auto techs at Discount Tire in Atlanta, GA. So safety has to run in our family!!!"
- Adrienne Freeman, Human Resource Manager
"I work safe because I have a family to go home to. I work safe because it is the right thing to do for everyone else I work with who also has a family to go home to. I work safe because it is more productive and economical. I work safe because I know that not working safe has no benefit to anyone long term. I work safe because it is the culture we live by."
- John White-Spunner, President & CEO
"Family is what working safe is all about. Being able to enjoy my children and grandsons is what makes it all worth it."
- Traci Stewart, Project Administrator
"To remain a resource. We are a resource to the company we work for, the coworkers we work with, and most importantly, the friends, family and loved ones that are a part of our lives. The resource may be financial, physical, or emotional, but they are all important resources and are of great value to those around us, as well as ourselves. I work safe so that the people that depend on me can continue to do so and so that I can continue to be that resource, for their well-being and mine."
- Jerad Hayes, Assistant Project Manager
"Like many of you, my family is one of the most important things in my life. They motivate me to do many things; provide spiritual direction and influence, work hard, be a good provider, and stick around as long as I can to see them grow and develop in their lives. This includes working safely and thinking about safety whether I am driving, working at home or at the office, or being on the jobsite. It is very rewarding to me to see how our industry has embraced the concept of working safely over my career. We have made great strides as an industry. It is even more rewarding to see the commitment we at White-Spunner Construction have made to safety through our commitment to a full time safety director and an extensive safety plan. Let's all celebrate safety by placing an extra emphasis on safety this week!"
- Chris Carruth, Vice President
"There are a few reasons...
1. My family needs me at 100% capacity.
2. I would like to keep all my fingers and toes.
3. I don't like pain!!!"
- Amy Stephenson, Executive Assistant
"Here are 5 reasons I work safe, so that I can enjoy time with family. I do my best to get everyone on site to do the same, so that during their time off, they enjoy doing what it is they do."
- Joey Rice, Superintendent
"I work safe because I don't want to hurt myself or be the one responsible for hurting someone else."
- Linda Smith, Receptionist
"I work safe so I can continue to have the blessings I call my family."
- Philip Miller, Project Manager
"At the end of the day, I want all workers to go home to their family and loved ones. An injury, or God forbid a death, affects lots more people than just the one involved in the accident."
- David Woodall, Superintendent
"A very obvious and selfish response would be that I don't want to be physically hurt and/or killed as I value my life. However, the reality is that I have a lot of wonderful people in my life that count on me! My very special wife and precious children to name the most important 3. And then there is my parents, family and friends. Safety is very personal!! There are a few activities that I am extremely passionate about outside of work! Fishing and hunting are two very active hobbies that I enjoy and would miss greatly should I become physically impaired from an accident. Work Safe, Live Safe!!"
- Brandon Miller, Senior Project Manager
"I work safe to make sure I, as well as subcontractors, are able to go home every day to their families."
- Russell Green, Superintendent
"I work safe because nothing makes me happier than coming home to my husband and our little 'zoo' each day - they depend on me, and I owe it to them to make it home in one piece!"
- Courtney Allen, Marketing/Communications Specialist
"I work safe to ensure that all employees I am working with are able to return to their families alive and harm free and that I am able to do the same."
- Mitch Pate, Assistant Project Manager
"I work safe for my own safety and the safety of my coworkers, and also for my family and friends so I will come home to them."
- Terry Fairchild, Superintendent
"Because I love my family & people."
- Todd Babin, Superintendent
"I work safely for these two little girls that call me Dad. I need to be here to teach them, play with them, and one day walk them down the aisle. I also work safe to be an example, not just to my family, but to all our coworkers here at White-Spunner and the subcontractors we work with. I never want someone to be able to look at me working in an unsafe manner and say, "Well, I thought it was ok because Ross was doing it." It is our responsibility to work safely and be that example for those who simply don't know better. We all have the same goal in mind; work, make money, provide for our families, and hope to have a little money left over to enjoy. One injury can completely ruin that goal."
- Ross Moyer, Safety and Compliance Manager
White-Spunner Construction would like to thank Government Street Christian School for allowing us to be a part of Career Day for the second year! This was a great group of kids, and we had an awesome time sharing with them what it's like to work in construction. A lot of the students were shocked to learn about the wide variety of different potential careers in our industry, and we discussed how many of their hobbies and interests could be applied to a career in construction in some way. For those who expressed interest in writing, art and graphic design, we explained how our Marketing/Communications Department incorporates all of those things and more to effectively market our company and our services to potential customers. We also spoke about safety and the important role it plays in our industry, as well as construction career opportunities involving engineering, technology, design, finance and more.
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!