About

Construction Job SiteSince 1993, Carolina Specialties Construction has been building high quality structures for a variety of industries while maintaining the highest level of safety and integrity.  Founded in 1993 by Chris Cormier, Carolina Specialties has merged a wealth of experience and skill into a company that has earned a remarkable reputation as a leading contracting company in Western North Carolina.  Mr. Cormier has worked for over 30 years in the field in all phases of construction and at all levels of supervision and is the qualifier for the company for the General Construction, Highway and Public Utility License.  As a general contractor, Carolina Specialties’ key strengths are facilitating straightforward working relationships with clients and design professionals alike and the option to self-perform or subcontract project components for competitive pricing.

Along with Mr. Cormier, the project managers, field supervisors and the crew combined their strengths to create an unbeatable force in construction.

Ken Camp has worked for Carolina Specialties as a project manager since 2007 and has over 30 years experience in heavy industrial, heavy concrete construction, equipment installation as well as commercial building construction. Mr. Camp has estimated and managed various industrial projects including, plant renovations, concrete machine foundations, fabrication and erection of structural steel and installation of production lines. Among the projects Ken has managed are the refrigerated warehouse project for Johnson Farms, the Edneyville Community Center and most recently multiple projects for Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s new production facility, Admin. building and Pub.

Brian Hahn has worked for Carolina Specialties since 2008 and has over 25 years of experience in site and utilities construction. Prior to coming to work for Carolina Specialties he owned and operated Hahn Construction, a commercial grading and utility company specializing in site work, roads and utilities for developments and public utilities. Brian managed all aspects of the projects which ranged in value from $200,000 to nearly $2 million. For Carolina Specialties, he managed the $600,000 Cherokee raw water intake project and the $500,000 backwash lagoon project at William DeBruhl water treatment plant in the City of Asheville. Most recently Brian has managed the Brevard Water and Sewer Treatment Plant project valued at near $2 million and the Polk County water line project valued at $1.35 million as well as various projects for the Buncombe County Metropolitan Sewer District.

Jacob McMinn has been with Carolina Specialties Construction since 2013. Jacob is a graduate of Western Carolina University, majoring in Construction Management and Business Administration. While attending college at Western Carolina University, Jacob worked in a site supervisory role during the demolition and construction of the Helder-Leatherwood Dormitory Replacement Project on the Western Carolina University Campus. After graduation, Mr. McMinn worked overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom administering construction projects in support of Coalition Forces in Afghanistan. Since Joining Carolina Specialties Construction Jacob has managed many different types of projects ranging from traditional commercial, hospitality, and industrial construction.

Bill Refenes has been with Carolina Specialties Construction since February 2013. He has over 25 years experience in the building industry with 13 years working for H & M Constructors, a division of M.B. Haynes Corporation in Asheville, North Carolina. As a Project Manager and Estimator Bill handled projects from $20,000 remodels to new construction projects as high as $3.4 million. His experience has been in numerous school additions and renovations in Henderson, Buncombe and surrounding counties. He was also responsible for the new construction of the Enka Fire Station #3, Weaverville Fire Station, Garren Creek Fire Station and the Upper Hominy Fire Station as well as remodel projects to three of the Asheville City Fire Stations

Cline Coates began working at Carolina Specialties Construction in 2015. Cline began his construction career as a Project Scheduler and then advancing to Project Manager. His experience includes medical, educational, and commercial projects within the Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee region. Cline is a graduate of Mars Hill College majoring in Business and Management.

Richard Yeong has worked for Carolina Specialties since 2002. He started as a project administrator and a CAD draftsman with an educational background in Architecture and Design and has worked as a project manager for the last seven years. He has managed projects ranging from designing a $425,000 new roof system for the Hendersonville Visitor’s Center to the demolition and reconstruction of the $820,000 I-40 rest area project in Haywood County. Recent projects include offices for St. John’s in the Wilderness and work at the new Henderson County Athletic Center.