Consistently deliver. Continuously improve.

Building something more.

Graycor Southern Inc.

Consistently deliver. Continuously improve.

Graycor Southern Inc., formerly Early Construction Inc., is comprised of three divisions which support our clients; the Power Division, Process Division, and Power Services Division. While the main focus is primarily based on supporting clients with general construction services, Graycor Southern Inc. also provides specialty mechanical boiler construction and pressure part services. These specialty services include a wide range of capabilities from the complete erection of power boilers and related auxiliary equipment, to certified code welding associated with boiler outage and emergency repair services. Graycor Southern Inc. is a full-service ASME "S", "U", and NBIC "R" Stamp certified code welding contractor. For more information, please visit our website

“Nothing is more important than safety … not production, not sales, not profits.” —Mel Gray, Graycor’s Chairman and CEO Emeritus

At Graycor Southern Inc., building something more requires intrinsic values that foster health and safety for the good of all. Safety is not just a policy but a key part of our culture. Injury of any kind strikes us to our core - each one of us is essential. Our health, our safety and the quality of our worksites is Priority One.


We owe our long history of positive safety performance to:

  • A top-notch, "Zero Injuries" goal safety program
  • A team of experienced and dedicated safety professionals
  • Proactive safety training and education
  • Leading indicator safety metrics to evaluate the safety of our worksites
  • Safety-focused clients and project partners
  • Insurance partners including American Contractors Insurance Group (ACIG)


Our reputation is built on quality.


For many, quality is a given, a requisite to working in the construction industry. This may be true. But to challenge ourselves, we need to set the bar higher than expected.

Graycor Southern Inc. distinguishes itself as an industrial and mechanical contractor, committed to meeting and exceeding our industrial clients’ needs by implementing an effective, accountable and process-driven Quality Program.

Our intense focus and dedication to quality have not been without their benefits. We are proudly certified as a full-service code welding contractor. Graycor Southern Inc. actively maintains the ASME "S" and "U" certificates of authorization and the National Board "R" certificate of authorization.

Our reputation is built on quality. To help ensure our quality management processes meet or exceed industry requirements, we regularly conduct employee training seminars and maintain key industrial and construction certifications.
Graycor Southern Inc. is accredited by the following organizations:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
  • Accredited Training Sponsor (ATS) American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)




Bringing Proven Expertise To Critical Processes.

Graycor Southern Inc. specializes in the construction and renovation of complex mechanical and piping systems for clients in almost every industrial market. For decades, our teams have been perfecting this capability by providing heavy industrial construction services and balance-of-plant expertise to leading clients in the steel, power and paper industries. Our ability to work closely with your engineering, procurement, and construction management resources bring results that only a fully-integrated team can produce.

This is cutting-edge work that demands the most stringent attention to safety. Nothing is of greater priority. That's why, at all stages of planning and management, each project is strictly scrutinized to ensure the highest possible standards for the health and protection of our people, your people and the worksite environment.



Bringing proven safety and quality.


Graycor Southern Inc. excels in large pressure part replacement projects for Coal-Fired and CCGT customers in the Power market. Our expertise extends to structural steel replacements and modifications, Boiler/HRSG repairs and alterations, ductwork and header replacements, high-energy piping repairs and other balance-of-plant services. Graycor Southern Inc. is also skilled at equipment setting, alignment of complex rotating equipment and installation/repair of material handling systems.

Our expert teams are capable of executing the most demanding of projects and getting our customers back on-line safely and on time. The more complex the rigging or piping demands, the more our customers see the value Graycor Southern Inc. brings to the project.

Putting our best foot forward.

Graycor Southern Inc. utilizes well-developed back-office systems to perform estimating, scheduling, and project management in support of highly skilled craft labor. Whether acting as the General Contractor, CM or a self-performing Specialty Subcontractor, our clients benefit from a seasoned and well-experienced team.

Expertise Includes:

  • Structural Erection
  • Heavy Rigging
  • Ductwork
  • Material Handling Systems
  • Process Piping
  • Equipment Setting
  • ASME Code Work
  • Alignment of Complex & Rotating Equipment
  • Piping Fabrication & Installation

With every job, we consistently deliver on rigorous schedules, cost, and quality standards. In fact, we even have our own fabrication shop that gives us further control over the cost, quality, and scheduling of our projects.

Construction is always about effecting partnerships designed to increase potential. It's planning, constructing, managing and partnering in ways that are truly most valuable to our clients. For us, whether we're handling an Outage, Construction Management project or working as part of a joint effort, we see success as our client's complete satisfaction.

Flexible project delivery.

Graycor Southern Inc. is capable of providing both front-end planning as well as long-term support for your Capital Project. Planning is one area where the Graycor Southern Inc. team excels. From detailed rigging plans to the installation of complex equipment, our teams take pride in the safe and professional execution of every project. Graycor Southern Inc. is well-suited to perform small or large capital projects with the efficiency and flexibility that has become part of our reputation.

Expertise Includes:

  • Preconstruction Services (Budgeting, Scheduling, Constructability)
  • Detailed Project Planning (Primavera P6, 3D Lift Plan)
  • Internal Reporting and Monitoring
  • Job Cost Management (JDE, GPMS)
  • Document Control (Sharepoint, Smartsheet)
  • Site-Specific Safety and Quality Programs
  • Procurement Management

Preconstruction services that get your project built.

As part of a company with nearly a century's worth of industrial construction experience, Graycor Southern Inc. knows what it takes to plan your next project. Our preconstruction services include:

  • Budgeting
  • Preliminary scheduling
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Constructability reviews
  • Preparation of prepare subcontract bid packages
  • Assessing craft labor availability
  • Cost estimates for construction and equipment


State-of-the-art project controls.

Our project controls strategy is a critical part of Graycor Southern’s success. Our project teams utilize proven process and technology-enabled tools to proactively forecast, plan and monitor the cost and schedules for each project from the initial award to closeout.

Our project controls method encompasses the use of:

  • Internal reporting and monitoring
  • Primavera P6 v. 8.2 Web-based scheduling
  • Job cost management for payroll and cost projections
  • SharePoint for document administration
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) software such as Autodesk (AutoCAD / Revit / Navisworks) for model analysis of constructability
  • 4D scheduling
  • Construction simulations and lift animations
  • 3D lift planning
  • Project forecasting
  • Scope control and change management


Graycor's pride is its people.


At Graycor Southern Inc., our people are our most valuable asset. Our employees are educated, experienced, skilled and highly motivated construction professionals who are given the resources, training and development opportunities to encourage them to perform their jobs with a sense of pride and ownership while achieving their career goals.


The Graycor culture is an important part of who we are and the work we do. We partner with employees who share in our core values of:

  • Long-term perspective
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Health and safety
  • Relationships
  • Value
  • Continuous improvement
  • Family

Graycor Southern Inc. on the map.

With Graycor Southern Inc.'s regional office in Atlanta, GA, our mission is to be the mechanical contractor of choice for all our clients in the Southeast region.

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Meet Our Team

Shawn Buchanan John Trussell Wiley Blankenship Michael Melton

Shawn Buchanan

Vice President/General Manager

Shawn has over 20 years of progressively increasing experience in the petrochemical, process and power markets. His experience includes multi-million dollar capital construction, maintenance, and turnaround projects. Shawn is passionate about continuous improvement, people development and the care and safety of the staff entrusted to him. Shawn’s areas of technology expertise include Primavera, SAP, Hard Dollar, AutoCAD, Bluebeam and InEight. He holds degrees in Construction Management Technology from the University of Houston, and in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University.


John Trussell

Operations Manager - Power

John has 20 years of progressive construction experience from craft to management. His commitment to project success ensures the achievement of all safety, quality, productivity and financial goals while maximizing our standards of excellence. John’s areas of expertise are managing crane operations & training, safety leadership training,. operations management training, Sologic Root Case Analysis, and 3D lift planning. His education and professional affiliations are Leadership Succession Program, MSHA Hazard Training, NCCER Rigging (Basic and intermediate), and NCCER Core Curricula, CSSO, CSST.


Wiley Blankenship

Operations Manager - Process

Wiley is a results-oriented Operations Manager with 27 years of experience planning, coordinating and managing both pre- and post-contract execution. His emphasis on project controls produce effective results in both the financial and safety metrics. Wiley’s areas of expertise are job start-up through system turnover and commissioning, overall project management, contract administration, scheduling, problem solving, and cost and budget control. His education and professional affiliations are NFPA 70E Electrical Safety Certified, JMJ IIF Supervisory Certified Trainer (Incident and Injury Free), CAD Correspondence Institute – Certified AutoCAD Operator, OSHA 510 Certified, NNT Instrumentation & Process Controls, and DuPont STOP Certified (Safety Training Observation Program).


Michael Melton

Operations Manager – Power Services

With over 17 years of industrial project management experience, Mike has demonstrated competencies in troubleshooting, planning and overseeing outages, with an emphasis on site safety management. Mike performs as operations manager of Graycor Southern’s Power Services group, and leads business development and estimating efforts on numerous outage and maintenance projects. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. He also holds a State of Georgia General Contractor License, State of Kentucky Boiler Inspection/Repair License, and Fundamentals of Engineering Certification.


Office Locations



2100 Barrett Park Dr
Kennesaw, GA 30144
  • p: 770.592.5585
  • f: 678.669.2253