Carolina Specialties Construction has been constructing quality commercial, industrial, and public utility construction projects as a leading General Contracting firm since its founding in 1993.
Carolina Specialties Construction is a full-service construction firm providing a comprehensive portfolio of innovative project development, management, and construction services which include conventional, industrial, pre-engineered metal building construction and public utilities. The firm was founded in 1993 and headquartered in Hendersonville, North Carolina holding both North and South Carolina unlimited and unclassified General Contractor’s License. Our accomplished pre-construction and project management staff has over 200 years of collective experience and combined service in the construction industry. We have grown into one of the most widely respected General Contractors and Construction Mangers in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.
Our reputation in the area has given us the opportunity to forge relationships with reliable subcontractors, suppliers, and design firms. These relationships give us the resources for project success time and time again. We are very proud that over 80% of our building projects come from repeat customers or their referrals with whom we have built steadfast relationships. Since our inception we have completed over 1,500 construction projects for numerous notable clients. Our clients, just like our projects are very diverse. We have served clients in manufacturing, industrial, government, medical, religious, food service, agriculture, sports, entertainment, hospitality and institutional settings.
We coordinate the collaborative process with all parties involved in our projects to provide leadership, meet project schedules, ensure safety, control cost, and achieve quality results for our clients. One of the things we take tremendous pride in ourselves on is how we serve our clients safely. Carolina Specialties Construction operates a full safety program to not only ensure the safety of our workers but also those who maybe living and working adjacent to one of our projects. We have maintained an excellent experience MOD safety rating of .77 and we continue to strive to improve. Safety, quality, and relationships are our company goals.
One of the greatest assets a company can possess in any industry are its people. Founded in 1993 Carolina Specialties Construction has merged a wealth of experience and skill into an exceptional company.
Owner / Managing Member
Mr. Cormier has been in the construction business for nearly 40 years. Starting at an early age he has worked in all phases of construction and at all levels of business. In 1993 Mr. Cormier started Carolina Specialties Construction and he remains an integral part of the daily operations of the company to this day. He is continually focused on building relationships and creating an environment where clients benefit from the important areas of safety, quality, scheduling and controlling costs. Along with Mr. Cormier, the Project Managers, Superintendents and our construction personnel combine their strengths to create an unbeatable team.
Senior Estimator / Pre-Construction
Mr. Merrell is a graduate of Mars Hill University and has over 41 years of construction experience. He has routinely worked with owners, designers, subcontractors, and material suppliers to coordinate pre-construction and accurate estimation of CMAR, CMc, Design-Build, and traditional Bid style projects. He has developed extensive pre-construction and project administration expertise over his career which allows him to work very close with design professionals and owners, as a team, to bring a project to life. The goal is to deliver a quality project to the construction phase within budget while creating long lasting relationships with clients. Mr. Merrell’s construction experience extends to the $30,000,000.00 mark in single project cost.
Estimator / Pre-Construction
Elijah Ferguson is a graduate of Western Carolina University’s Kimmel School of Construction. Mr. Ferguson had extensive civil construction as well as commercial estimating experience before he came to work for Carolina Specialties. In addition to estimating projects, Mr. Ferguson has handled pre-construction duties on countless projects of every project type and many different delivery methods since joining us. Mr. Ferguson’s varied experience and abilities are just another part of what makes our team unbeatable.
Safety Director / Human Resources
Robert “Bob” Ford is a graduate of Texas A&M-Commerce and has 27 years of Human Safety and Environmental Health experience in and associated with the construction industry. Mr. Ford has had an extensive career in the construction and education fields which allows him to bring a wealth of well earned experience to this firm. Mr. Ford’s goal in administrating our safety program is to teach others the correct and safe operating procedures on all Carolina Specialties Construction job sites while maintaining a high standard of job site safety. His resume includes certifications as an OSHA Trainer in Construction, OSHA Trainer in General Industry, NCCER Master Trainer, and NCCER Craft Instructor.
Ken Camp has nearly 40 years of experience in the construction industry. Mr. Camp has managed many commercial and industrial projects and has a deep understanding of all aspects of construction. He has a broad wealth of knowledge when it comes to different construction types. This includes full scale new construction to renovations of existing facilities. Mr. Camp works very hard to ensure the clients are satisfied with their projects and understands the investments they make.
Rudy Morrow is a graduate of North Carolina State University and specializes in site development and public utility construction. With Mr. Morrow’s many years of experience in these disciplines he has developed and delivered projects for many clients in the public and private sector. He has an extensive knowledge of the assembly components necessary to complete each project in both a timely and quality manner.
Jacob McMinn is a graduate of Western Carolina University’s Kimmel School of Construction. He has worked in all facets of the construction process and strives to ensure complete and accurate administration of all his construction projects. Diverse experience in the construction industry make Mr. McMinn is a versatile Project Manager. He has worked closely with many owners and designers while providing turnkey project management from the pre-construction phase through construction and project closeout. His wealth of knowledge and experience in conventional as well as industrial construction projects make him another valuable asset to our Carolina Specialties team.
PROJECT MANAGER / DRAFTSMAN
Richard Yeong has an educational background in Architecture and Design and has worked in parallel as a Project Manager over the last decade. Mr. Yeong performs our in-house project design during project development. During his more than 17 years with the company he has managed many commercial and industrial projects including many renovations and additions.
Dreau Abbott is a graduate of Middle Georgia State University and has nearly 30 years of construction experience. He has managed many different types of projects since joining Carolina Specialties Construction. These projects range from medical offices to industrial construction to renovation projects. Mr. Abbott has a wide body of project experience to draw from and is comfortable in any construction setting. Mr. Abbott consistently provides accurate and knowledgeable Project Management to our clients.
Assistant Project Manager
Christian Carswell is also a graduate of Western Carolina University’s Kimmel School of Construction. Mr. Carswell’s role as an Assistant Project Manager makes him another welcome addition to our team. With extensive experience in large industrial and commercial construction along with project controls, he collaborates with all the project managers across the many different disciplines Carolina Specialties Construction covers. His efficiency and attention to detail help keep the administrative side of each project flowing smoothly and he is an integral part of what makes us an unbeatable team.