ENR Southeast Ranks Top Contractors

Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southeast published its annual list of Top Contractors and Wharton-Smith moved from No. 38 to 27!

Rankings are based on revenue from the previous calendar year. Additional breakout lists rank firms based on state and specialty market sector revenue. Within the rankings by sector, Wharton-Smith is No. 13 in Florida, No. 5 in the Public Sector, No. 8 in Education, No. 13 in Design-Build Work, No. 2 in Sewerage/Solid Waste, and No. 3 in Water Supply.

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Wharton-Smith is On Track To Red Hot!

On June 24, Virgin Trains USA held a “Red Spike” groundbreaking ceremony at Orlando International Airport  to launch construction on its Phase 2 extension from Miami. See more pictures.

The posh event swelled with business and political figures who believe that fast-moving trains are the future.

“Virgin Trains’ service between Orlando and Miami will launch an American passenger rail renaissance. We expect that this will be the first of many passenger lines in the U.S. that follow this model for connecting city pairs that are too close to fly and too far to drive,” said Wes Edens, Chairman of…

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Media Spotlight: Tavares Cuts Ribbon

On June 14, Wharton-Smith joined Tavares city officials and nearly 300 guests in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their brand new Public Safety Complex, which will house the fire and police departments and serve as the local Emergency Operations Center. See more photos and check out the scoop in the Orlando Sentinel.

In honor of the new $13.4 million facility, U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster presented the city with an American flag that had flown over the Capitol on Memorial Day.

Fire Chief Richard Keith thanked the architect, GatorSktch Corporation of Clermont and general contractor, Wharton-Smith. The project has been…

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Wharton-Smith Makes Fast 50 List!

Wharton-Smith was No. 38 on the Central Florida Fast 50: Top Fastest-Growing Companies.

The list recognizes the 50 fastest growing private companies headquartered in Central Florida’s four-county region: Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola. They were ranked based on the percentage of consistent revenue growth from 2016-2018. Wharton-Smith averaged 44.05 percent over the last three years.

The rankings were revealed and the honorees recognized at the Fast 50 event hosted by Hilton Orlando on June 6. Darin Crafton, EVP–Commercial, accepted the award for Wharton-Smith.…

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The Carolinas Region Rises On Best Employers List!

Wharton-Smith was recently named as one of the 2019 Best Employers in North Carolina. This program was created by Business North Carolina, NC SHRM and Best Companies Group.

This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in North Carolina, benefiting the economy, workforce, and businesses in the state of North Carolina. Wharton-Smith placed No. 2 on the list in the large-company category.

Companies from North Carolina entered the two-part survey process to determine the 2019 Best Employers in North Carolina. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy,…

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Media Spotlight on Virgin Trains USA Expansion

Railway Age penned an article regarding the announcement of contractors—Hubbard Construction Company, Wharton-Smith Inc., The Middlesex Corporation, Granite and HSR Constructors—for the Virgin Trains USA expansion.

According to the article, these five contractors will develop 170 miles of track into the “new South Terminal at the Orlando International Airport (MCO), representing a total private investment of $4 billion.”

Patrick Goddard, President of Virgin Trains USA, remarked, “For a project of this scope and magnitude, a world-class construction team has been assembled to undertake this tremendous assignment and we congratulate them helping us make history.”

Within the article, our President…

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Wharton-Smith Construction Group to Celebrate 35th Anniversary This Week

April 1, 2019 – Sanford, FL – Wharton-Smith Construction Group will celebrate their 35th Anniversary this week at the Sanford Florida Headquarters by hosting a Corporate Reception on April 4 for clients, community leaders and industry partners.

Wharton-Smith was established in 1984 by George Smith, who remains the Chairman of the Board, and the late Bill Wharton. Over the last 35 years, Wharton-Smith has built a reputation for honesty, integrity and quality construction and is among the leading contractors in the South. Headquartered in Central Florida, and with seven branch locations (Gulfport, MS, Baton Rouge, LA, Charlotte, NC, Houston,…

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Gerry Kelly Named Director of Operations for Wharton-Smith South Florida Commercial Division

Wharton-Smith Construction Group recently welcomed Gerry Kelly as Director of Operations for their South Florida Commercial Division in Jupiter, FL.   Mr. Kelly brings with him three decades of construction experience and an extensive history of success in winning and managing large multi-million dollar projects.  Most recently, he worked as a Project Executive for The Weitz Company in West Palm Beach, Florida where he was responsible for operations oversight, client relations, project budgets and the quality assurance. Prior to that, Gerry held the position of Vice President of Operations at the Morganti Group, a general construction firm with diverse market…

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Students Sign the Steel

On Feb. 12, Wharton-Smith project team members invited students, teachers and staff at Cypress Ridge Elementary School to sign their name on pieces of structural steel that will become part of their new 17,000-square-foot “cafetorium” (cafeteria and auditorium). See more photos.

What started out as a small group quickly turned into an event for the entire school with nearly 600 students—kindergarten through fifth grade— signing their names. This also provided an opportunity for teachers to take a photo with their class all while wearing Wharton-Smith hardhats.

The $5 million cafetorium project includes science and music classrooms and the demolition…

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Wharton-Smith Supports ACT Program

Wharton-Smith has been supporting the Academy of Construction Technologies (ACT) for 15 years.  Most recently, Wharton-Smith team members participated in two annual events – the Clay Shoot at Blackjack Sporting Clays and the ACT Membership Breakfast at Orange Technical College. Proceeds from these events benefit the ACT Program, which prepares high school students for the vocational trades within the construction industry. After they graduate, many of the students continue their vocational development in adult apprenticeship programs.

The Program works closely with Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake County high schools to utilize curricula developed by industry professionals. Beginning in their sophomore…

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