White-Spunner Construction Adds 13 National Retail Projects in 12 Months
MOBILE, AL — In the past 12 months, Mobile, Alabama, -based White-Spunner Construction Inc. (WSC) initiated projects or won bids on at least 13 national retail accounts across the southern U.S. totaling $85 million.
While much of the new retail work is taking place outside coastal Alabama, the names of the clients are easy to recognize and include: Academy Sports+Outdoors, Dave & Busters, The Home Depot, The Fresh Market, and Nordstrom Rack. The projects span much of the Southeast: Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and North Carolina.
A leading contractor on the Gulf Coast and ranked 14th largest general contractor in Alabama by Business Alabama, White-Spunner Construction marks 35 years in business in 2016 with plans for further expansion into burgeoning retail markets including Texas and the Carolinas.
"We have enjoyed working with White-Spunner Construction on various furniture showroom projects in multiple states over the past several years and have been pleased with their performance on these challenging retail projects,” said Harmon H. Jones, Senior Vice President of Construction for Rooms To Go. “They also completed an 875,000 square-foot distribution center for us on schedule and within our budget in Pearl River, LA. This was a huge undertaking requiring movement of more than half a million cubic yards of dirt for the 62-acre site. The White-Spunner team worked with us every step of the way, offering and implementing realistic solutions when challenges came up. We look forward to more opportunities to work together in the future."
More than three decades of experience in the construction industry has taught WSC leaders to successfully navigate the varied cultures of clients they serve and adapt accordingly. “We try to always be proactive and stay engaged in each project,” said Jeff Carrico, Chief Operating Officer at White-Spunner Construction. “It’s about knowing the issues, suggesting solutions and finding your way to finishing on-time.”
Completing projects on time and within a set budget is crucial in retail construction. Every day a store is late to open affects its bottom line. “There’s a saying, ‘It doesn’t rain on retail sites,’” said Chris Carruth, White-Spunner Construction's new Vice President who hails from Texas. “Construction can be complex and the process is often challenging. You have to figure it out.”
White-Spunner Construction has completed thousands of national retail projects in at least 27 states since 1981, providing general contracting and construction management services to a variety of clients, including many Fortune 500 companies such as The Home Depot, Lowe's, Publix, Target and more. In 35 years, WSC -- an employee-owned business with headquarters in Mobile, Alabama, -- has completed more than $2.4 billion in total construction value, building an average annual volume of $73.5 million in projects during the last five years. Of the total construction value over the life of the company, more than $1.25 billion has come from retail projects.
While WSC is known for meeting and exceeding its client's needs, the business has been recognized repeatedly for its excellent safety record, recording 2.45 million man-hours without a lost-time incident. In 2016, the Associated Builders and Contractors recognized White-Spunner Construction, Inc. with its "Safest in the Industry Gold Award" and "Platinum Level STEP Award."