October 3rd,2014
White-Spunner Construction named “General Contractor of the Year” by Alabama ABC

MOBILE, Ala. (October 3, 2014) – The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alabama named White-Spunner Construction, Inc. (WSC) “General Contractor of the Year” at its annual Excellence in Construction awards banquet on October 2, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, Ala. WSC was chosen for the prestigious award based on its dedication to its clients and employees, as well as its commitment to safety, stewardship and service to the community. John White-Spunner, President and CEO, accepted the award on behalf of White-Spunner Construction. “We are extremely honored to receive this award from ABC,” said White-Spunner. “

This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees and what they’ve accomplished. I couldn’t be more proud to work with such a committed group.” Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association founded on the merit shop philosophy and dedicated to helping its members succeed through workforce development, education, government representation, legal advocacy, communications, technology and business development. The Alabama Chapter, located in Birmingham, Alabama, is one of 70 ABC chapters nationwide.

May 6th,2014
White-Spunner Construction continues COOP with OSHA Mobile Area Office

White-Spunner Construction is excited to announce that they will be continuing the COOP (Continuity of Operations Plan) with Occupational Safety and Health Administration Mobile Area Office. COOP states that in the event the Mobile Area Office is shut down for any reason, such as but not limited to fire damage, hurricane or tornado damage, water damage, power outage or a terrorist-related incident, White-Spunner Construction Corporate Headquarters will serve as an alternate work location for OSHA. U.S. Congress created OSHA with the passing of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to ensure safe and healthy working conditions by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, outreach, education and assistance. The OSH Act covers most private sector employers and their workers, as well as some public sector employers and workers in the U.S. The OSHA Mobile Area Office serves 37 counties in the lower half of the state of Alabama.

May 2nd,2014
Vacant D'Iberville grocery store coming down for Walmart

White-Spunner Construction is tearing down an old grocery building in D’Iberville, Miss. to make way for a new Walmart. The building first opened as a Kroger store 30 years ago, and has been sitting vacant in the center of town for more than 12 years. Walmart plans to invest about $2.7 million to build a 41,000 square-foot neighborhood grocery that will also include a deli and a pharmacy. The new store will be a smaller version of a Walmart Super Center. According to White-Spunner Construction workers, the Walmart Neighborhood Market is scheduled for completion in about six months.

May 22nd,2013
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April 24th,2013
Big crowd lines up for Publix grand opening

By Sally Pearsall Ericson AL.com http://blog.al.com/live/2013/04/big_crowd_lines_up_for_publix.html Mobilians eager to welcome Publix turned out in droves early Wednesday for the grand opening of the grocery store at Hillwood Shopping Center on the corner of Cottage Hill and Hillcrest roads. By 7:50 a.m., the parking lot was already packed, and shoppers had to resort to neighboring lots across the street before joining the long line outside the store. (But Publix kept up its storied reputation for customer service, with a complimentary coffee station outside.) Before the store opened, Mobile Mayor Sam Jones, members of the Mobile City Council and officials from Publix and White-Spunner & Associates held a welcoming ceremony. "It's a very, very popular store and a huge addition to the community," Jones said after the opening. "It will enhance west Mobile." Officials also made a special presentation to members of Gerri Cox's family. Cox, a cancer patient, was a longtime advocate for the grocery store and spent her last months eagerly checking on the progress of its construction. "She had a real spirit to see this community grow," Jones said. Cox died on April 8 at age 69, after enduring months of chemotherapy to treat an aggressive form of cancer in her lungs and liver. "For over a year, she had planned to be at this opening," said her daughter, Rhonda Daniels. "She just loved the family feeling you get when you visit Publix." White-Spunner and its contractors did their best to finish the store early on her behalf, finishing two months ahead of time, said Matt White, president of White-Spunner Realty. "Mrs. Cox was a big motivator," he said. "She called every day." Shoppers thronged the entrance, collecting reusable, insulated shopping bags, loaves of bread, pharmacy samples, coupons, fresh flowers and other treats. Mobile City Council members Bess Rich, John Williams and Fred Richardson joined the line of greeters inside the main doors. Throughout the store, employees handed out samples. One of the most popular spots was near the bakery, where chefs were setting out small plates of French toast with pecan glaze. "This is the most people I've ever seen at a grocery store opening, and we've been to a lot of them," said John White-Spunner, president and CEO of White-Spunner Construction. White-Spunner was proud of the speed of the project, and also its efficiency, he said. "We were able to reuse a majority of the existing construction on the site," he said, including utilities, drainage and parking. The space is big – 45,600 square feet – but the next Publix to open in Mobile will be even bigger, at 56,000 square feet. That store is under construction at the corner of Airport and University boulevards, and will likely open in mid-June. So what makes Publix so special? Customer service seems to be the key. The chain has a reputation for "making sure the customer is taken care of," said Sheila Murphy of Telecom. "It's awesome for Mobile to have another place to shop," she added. "It's a nice, clean store, really well organized," said shopper Paul Worthey. "They're interested in making it a good experience for you." "I think it's geared to being very user-friendly," Mayor Jones said. The new Publix is open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Phone: 251-661-5361.

April 1st,2013
White-Spunner Construction, Inc. Earns 9th Safety Award from Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)

Mobile, Alabama (March 29, 2013) - The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Mobile chapter recently announced that White-Spunner Construction (WSC), Inc., based in Mobile, AL, will receive its Construction Safety and Excellence Award. Selected criteria for the prestigious 11th annual award included number of safe man-hours worked in 2012 and safety statistical data from participants' OSHA 300A Summary. WSC posted 143,000 safe man-hours worked for the year and received the award at the AGC's 11th Annual Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) Luncheon on March 19, 2013. The CSEA is an ongoing effort by AGC to recognize companies who have developed and implemented excellent safety and loss prevention programs achieved through management commitment, employee involvement, and program innovation. “This is our ninth year to achieve the CSEA, and we're honored to receive this recognition from AGC. This award is in addition to those safety programs offered by AGC at the state and national levels. Safety continues to be a top priority for us,” says John White-Spunner, President and CEO of White-Spunner Construction, Inc. About The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) AGC is a membership organization dedicated to furthering the agenda of commercial construction contractors, improving job site safety, expanding the use of cutting edge technologies and techniques, and strengthening the dialogue between contractors and owners.

March 25th,2013
New Travel Plaza Offers Respite to I-65 Motorists and Truckers, S. Rolin/White-Spunner Construction Completes First-Class Travel Facility

Mobile, AL (March 25, 2013) - Motorists traveling I-65 now have a state-of-the-art Travel Plaza at which to pause for refreshment and refueling near Atmore. S. Rolin Construction, serving as General Contractor and White-Spunner Construction, Inc. as sub-prime contractor, recently completed the 10,000-square-foot Travel Plaza at Exit 54. The multi-million dollar, first-class travel and trucking facility includes a Wi-Fi enabled entertainment lounge, full restaurant, shower rooms, and two of the largest fueling stations in the Southeast. Up-scale interior finishes create a welcoming ambiance unlike typical gas stations. The owner is Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority, the development arm of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. James T. Martin, President and CEO of Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority said, “We are pleased to open another enterprise to service both our tribal community and the Atmore area. Developing our local economy through new business ventures helps to increase the number of local job opportunities. Additionally, opening the Creek Travel Plaza addresses the need for more retail options in our area.” Martin said. “The Exit 54 Travel Plaza is attractive both in design and function,” notes Stephanie Rolin of S. Rolin Construction. “It promises truckers a first-class facility in which to enjoy a leisurely meal, hot shower, and cinema entertainment. We're honored to play a role in bringing respite to these hard-working men and women.”

March 19th,2013
White-Spunner Construction Completes Three FEMA 361 Storm Shelters in Jackson County, Mississippi

Shelters Ready for Hurricane Season 2013
Central Jackson County Safe Room
Mobile, Alabama (March 18, 2013) Like much of the Gulf Coast, Jackson County, Mississippi, was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This hurricane season, however, residents of Jackson County will have three new shelters designed to weather any storm. The shelters – located in the Hurley, Vancleave and St. Martin communities meet FEMA's stringent 361 guidelines for tornado and hurricane shelters. White-Spunner Construction, Inc. (WSC) completed the $8.43 million FEMA shelters in November, 2012. FEMA has classified these shelters as safe rooms’and each of them is built to withstand 200-mph winds, accommodating 500 to 750 people each depending on the disaster,” said architect Walter T. Bolton of Walter T. Bolton & Associates in Biloxi. The sole purpose of these shelters is for emergency use in the event of a hurricane or tornado.”
West Jackson County Safe Room
Each 10,000-square-foot safe room will serve as primary emergency shelters for Jackson County. Previously, the county only had one 5,000-square-foot shelter in the Fountain Bleau community; now, the county has four:
  • The Hurley Community shelter will be named the East Jackson County Community Safe Room,
  • Vancleave's shelter will be dubbed the Central Jackson County Community Safe Room, and
  • The St. Martin shelter will be known as the West Jackson County Community Safe Room.
We are honored to have participated on such an essential and potentially life-saving project for Jackson County, said Jeff Carrico, Chief Operating Officer for White-Spunner Construction. These new shelters are located in the county where people will be situated out of harm's way.” This is the second trio of hurricane shelters WSC completed on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We hope and pray our Mississippi neighbors never face another Katrina, Carrico said. But with these shelters, residents will have ample new safe havens that will provide protection.” White-Spunner Construction finished three FEMA 361 hurricane safety shelters in Harrison County, Mississippi, in 2011. Located in Saucier, Lyman and Pass Christian, the Harrison County shelters support the Mississippi coastal county most severely impacted by Hurricane Katrina, where 126 people were confirmed dead.
East Jackson County Safe Room
The goal of the FEMA shelter guidelines is to provide "near-absolute" protection from death or serious injury, taking into consideration the durability and sustainability of the entire shelter, including walls, roofs, openings and area arrangement. To meet these requirements, all the Jackson County and Harrison County shelters feature:
  • Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) structure
  • Intermediate structural steel
  • FEMA 361 doors
  • Interior CMU partitions
  • Full-service kitchens
  • Stand-alone utilities including water, sewer and electrical power
  • Independent fire protection systems
Additionally, there are emergency-standby utilities for the shelters in the event of power or domestic water loss, including a diesel-powered generator, underground domestic water and sanitary sewer storage tanks, and an underground fire sprinkler water storage tank.

March 15th,2013

Mobile, AL (March 14, 2013) – AT&T* has opened a new 4,850-square-foot retail store and Device Service Center in Mobile, AL. White-Spunner Construction (WSC) , based in Mobile, served as General Contractor, providing extensive site work that included demolition of an existing retail strip center, imported fill, and construction of new building pads for three structures. AT&T's new store, one of the three structures, is located at 3730 Airport Blvd. "We were honored to be selected for the job and to be a part of expanding business in Mobile," notes John White-Spunner, President and CEO of White-Spunner Construction. "AT&T has an excellent reputation and was a pleasure with which to work." WSC also constructed new site drainage, utilities, curb & gutter, asphalt parking areas, and site electrical for the entire development. "We are focused on making our customers' experience exceptional, and our newest retail store is another example of our commitment to Mobile," said Brenda Francis, area retail sales manager for AT&T. AT&T recently celebrated its store's grand opening with a host of special guests and highlights, including:
  • Meet-and-greet and autographs with former Alabama players #31 Kelly Johnson and #11 Brandon Gibson
  • A chance to win tickets and sideline passes to A-Day this spring, and an autographed football from Nick Saban
  • An interactive simulator for guests to experience first-hand the dangers of texting and driving
  • Chamber and other ribbon cutting officials including:
    • Mobile Mayor Samuel L. Jones
    • City Council President Reggie Copeland
    • Alabama House of Representatives Speaker Pro Tem Victor Gaston
    • State Representative Jim Barton
    • State Representative Napoleon Bracy
    • John White-Spunner, President/CEO of White-Spunner Construction, Inc.
    • Marl Cummings, III & Marl Cummings, IV

PHOTO L-R: John White-Spunner, Marl Cummings, IV, Rep. Jim Barton, Rep. Victor Gaston, Univ. of Alabama players Kelly Johnson and Brandon Gibson, Rep. Napoleon Bracy, Mayor Sam Jones, City Council President Reggie Copeland, Marl Cummings, III, Scott Mann - AT&T Sales Director for the Gulf Coast, Mike Morse – Store Manager for AT&T.

February 19th,2013
Growth in a Lean Economy White-Spunner Construction Reports Corporate Structure Update

Mobile, AL (February 19, 2013) - Despite the sluggish economy, the news is positive for one national construction commercial contractor. Just two months into 2013, White-Spunner Construction (WSC) reports a positive position for its goals this year. With recent organizational changes, the company has positioned itself to even more effectively meet the needs of its customers, partners, subcontractors, vendors and employees. The following are the leadership team position changes: John White-Spunner has re-assumed the helm as President and continues working as the Chief Executive Officer Jeff Carrico has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer Allan Gustin has been promoted to Vice President of Pre-construction and Estimating Wayne Mostellar has been promoted to Vice President of Construction “As a company, we are leaner and more efficient than ever. We have been blessed with great customers, partners and employees. I am very encouraged about 2013 and it looks very solid for us” says WSC President and CEO, John White-Spunner.