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

Safety first.

“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.

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
  • Safety-focused clients and project partners
  • Insurance partners including American Contractors Insurance Group (ACIG)


Built on quality.

Graycor Southern Inc. distinguishes itself as an ISO 9001:2015-registered general contractor, committed to meeting and exceeding our industrial clients’ needs by implementing an effective, accountable and process-driven Quality Program based on ISO requirements.

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 certifications.
Graycor Industrial is accredited by the following organizations:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

    • “U”, “S”, “A” and “PP” certificates of authorization

  • National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors

    • National Board “R” certificate of authorization for the repair and alteration of pressure retaining items

    • “NB” certificate of authorization allowing us to identify pressure retaining items registered with the National Board as required by jurisdiction

  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

    • Certified Steel Erector




Delivering a better project through self-performance.

As a union-affiliated general contractor, Graycor Industrial works adeptly across the metals, power and process markets while self-performing an average of 3 million craft labor hours annually including:

  • Excavation
  • Demolition
  • Concrete
  • Foundations
  • Structural steel erection
  • Heavy rigging
  • Equipment setting
  • Ductwork
  • Process piping
  • ASME code work
  • Refractory

By self-performing much of our work, we ensure we consistently deliver on our rigorous schedule, 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.

When portions of work require a higher level of specialization, we carefully choose only experienced subcontractors that share our commitment to safety, quality and performance.



Preconstruction services that get your project built.

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
  • Developing with engineering to prepare subcontract bid packages
  • Assessing craft labor availability
  • Meeting with local union business managers and subcontractors 

Project delivery methods, designed to suit.

Every project comes with its own set of challenges. Deciding on a project delivery method does not have to be one of those challenges. Graycor Southern Inc. is experienced with a range of contract project delivery methods such as:

  • Traditional

    • Lump sum

    • Cost plus fixed fee

    • Time and material

  • Alternatives

    • Open book

    • Cost reimbursable with target incentives

    • Shared risk/savings and partnering

  • Joint Ventures

    • Risk sharing

    • Joint and several

    • Project-based

State-of-the-art project controls.

A critical part of Graycor Southern’s success relies on our project controls strategy. Using onsite and home office support, Graycor’s project teams 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


Heavy rigging above and beyond.


Lifting, moving and setting heavy equipment is vital to what we do. As one of our core competencies, Graycor Southern performs heavy rigging which includes management of cranes, heavy haul loads and critical lift plans.


Because we move some of the most massive, heaviest equipment and prefabricated assemblies in the world, we use some of the largest cranes in the world, often for lifts that can exceed 500 tons.


Our heavy lift planning services include:

  • Overall site evaluation
  • Heavy lift crane siting
  • Individual lift sizes and weights
  • Machine selection
  • Construction sequencing and lift planning, including the use of 3D modeling software

Graycor owns various carry deck and hydro cranes and has master rental agreements in place that give us access to specialized lifting equipment virtually anywhere in the U.S. We have utilized large-capacity crane models that include:

  • Kobelco SL6000
  • Liebherr 1800 C 60 and LR1750
  • Mammoet PTC35
  • Manitowoc 16000, 18000 and 21000
  • Versa Crane TC-12000

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 Inc. home-based near Chicago in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, Graycor Inc. has strategic locations throughout the Midwest. 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

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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 Drive
Kennesaw, GA 30144
  • p: 770.592.5585
  • f: 678.669.2253