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.
When you’re making a mark on the world, make it count. Construction is bigger than the end result. It’s everything that goes into the process, and the role that you’re building will play in the lives of those that interact with it. On top of it all, fine arts centers, museums, parochial and child-care facilities, cultural and educational institutions often have limited funding and sensitive schedules.
“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.
Large Pressure Part Replacements
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.
- Structural Erection
- Heavy Rigging
- 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.
- 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:
- 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
- Continuous improvement
Vice President & General Manager
Vice President & General Manager, Graycor Southern
Shawn Buchanan has over twenty years of progressively increasing experience in the petrochemical and power markets. His resume 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.
Operations Manager - Power
Operations Manager - Power, Graycor Southern
John Trussell has over twenty 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.
Operational Manager - Process
Operational Manager - Process, Graycor Southern
Wiley Blankenship is a results-oriented Operations Manager with over twenty eight 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.
Operations Manager - Power Services
Operations Manager - Power Services, Graycor Southern
With over twenty 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.
Business Development Manager
Business Development Manager, Graycor Southern
Darryl Thornton joined Graycor Southern in 2014 as Business Development Manager, responsible for leading business development, sales and marketing efforts for Graycor Southern's. Darryl earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Augusta State University and brings more than 30 years of sales and management experience in the power and process industries.
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The Graycor group of companies employs more than 1,600 construction specialists at its headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, regional offices and project sites throughout North America.
Everything we do begins with teamwork.
At Graycor, we invest in the welfare and professional growth of our people. We place greater value on partnerships over profit, and we operate within a set of core values that frame our strategy and culture, including maintaining a long-term perspective, upholding integrity and honesty, demonstrating safety leadership, emphasizing relationships, creating value, striving for continuous improvement, and achieving a healthy balance of work and family life. At Graycor, we’re building something more.
Nothing is more important than safety…not production, not sales, not profits.
Safety is not just a policy but a key part of our culture. As a family-owned and -operated company, it strikes to our core—each one of us is essential. Our health, our safety and the quality of our worksites is priority one. Protecting people means perfecting the environments in which they work. We believe errors are avoidable because our teams have accomplished major self-performance projects without a single injury. Our “Zero Injury” goal is the challenge every one of us aims to achieve every time we set foot on site.