Spotlight on Tim Brown

Tim Brown

What’s your name?

James T. Brown “Tim”

What department do you work in?

Pipe

What’s your current position/title?

Pipe Superintendent

Where did you go to school?

Leakesville, Mississippi

How long have you been with G.A. West?

17 ½ years

How has the company changed since you’ve been here?

It has grown a lot, increased safety awareness, added a lot of technology and communications

Describe your job in 25 words or less.

Busy, it is enjoyable and a challenge, it’s been for the most part good meeting and working with a lot of good people.

Tell us what a normal day at G.A. West look like for you.

Early start, usually getting up at 4:15am, planning daily work assignments and doing paperwork. Insuring crew has tools and materials to work with and that they work safely.

Before working at G.A. West, what was the most unusual/interesting job you’ve had?

I have always worked in construction except for one time, I went into law enforcement

What is the one accomplishment or project at G.A. West that you are most proud of?

11 ½ years in one plant on maintenance

What do you enjoy most about working at G.A. West?

Steady work mostly at home and meeting good people

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? (here or elsewhere)

Surround yourself with good people, check twice and verify, keep records if possible

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

My dad told me to always surround yourself with good people

What is the worst advice you have ever been given?

Look the other way

What 3 words would you use to describe G.A. West?

Honesty, integrity, family

What’s playing in your car right now?

Nothing

What is the one thing you cannot do without?

family

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Not sure

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

steak

Tell us about your family & activities outside of work.

Wife Mary, 6 children in total, 11 grandchildren, yard work, riding ATV and hanging out at the river

What is your favorite movie of all time? Favorite song?

Not sure

What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love?

none

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?

Alaska

If someone were to write a book about your life, what would be the title?

Watch This!

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

Tom Hanks

People would be surprised if they knew:

Nothing

Anything else you’d like to add?

Never give up!

Spotlight on Tricia Bridges

tricia-bridges-spotlight-imageWhat department do you work in?
Accounts Payable since March 13, 2017. Before then, I was a Buyer in Purchasing for the last 13 years.

What’s your current position/title?
Accounts Payable

Where did you go to school?
High School – Satsuma Graduate 1978
Associate Degree from Faulkner University

How long have you been with G.A. West?
13 years

How has the company changed since you’ve been here?
This company has grown since I came on board. New clients, lots of new people as departments had to expand to keep up with demand.

Describe your job in 25 words or less.
Challenging is an understatement. But staying focused and knowing a job well done benefits all of us.

Tell us what a normal day at G.A. West look like for you.
A normal day is focused on the vendor accounts that I am responsible for getting and keeping their account(s) current. Communications with internal and external customers is key to achieve this task.

Before working at G.A. West, what was the most unusual/interesting job you’ve had?
I think working at Sears in Bel Air Mall. I actually stopped a theft. I witnessed someone trying to steal a carousel of watches from the Jewelry Department. I told him to put them back and he did. Then he ran out with some jeans but not the watches. Total amount recovered, close to $ 5,000.00.

What is the one accomplishment or project at G.A. West that you are most proud of?
The Spotlight nomination. I am honored that I am being thought of and I truly appreciate it very much.

What do you enjoy most about working at G.A. West?
Knowing that what I do makes a difference.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? (here or elsewhere)
1. That everyone is human and will make mistakes.
2. Think things through to make the best decisions.
3. Just when you think you’re ahead of the game, expect the foul ball.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Take are of number one! These are wise words from my Dad.

What is the worst advice you have ever been given?
That hot sauce is not really hot.

What 3 words would you use to describe G.A. West?
Work in Progress.

What’s playing in your car right now?
Metallica’s Unforgiven

What is the one thing you cannot do without?
The Lord Jesus Christ

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
John Wayne. Because he reminds me of my dad.

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Thin crust pepperoni pizza and a large glass of sweet tea.

Tell us about your family & activities outside of work.
My mom and dad are away to heaven as well as two brothers.
One brother, Tommy and one sister, Cheryl, are still alive.
My husband Don and I were married on Ground Hog’s Day, 02/02/02 at 2 p.m.
He loves to sing and wants to audition for America’s Got Talent this next season.
I have two sons. Nick is married to Stephanie and they have three boys ages 6, 5 and 4.
Nick also has a daughter age 17. Jeremy is 26 and not married yet. Both are employed at Chevron in Pascagoula, MS.

What is your favorite movie of all time? Favorite song?
Movie – Last of the Mohicans
Song – Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd

What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love?
All of the Jane Austen made for movie books –All of them…

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?
Any beach in the USA.

If someone were to write a book about your life, what would be the title?
‘ All She Ever Wanted – Lost Childhood Memories’

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Jane Seymour

People would be surprised if they knew:
I wanted to be a fighter pilot when I was in High School.

Spotlight on Mickey Busby

mickey-b-spotlight-imageMickey Busby has been with G.A. West from nearly the company’s conception. Busby, the company’s most seniored hourly employee, sits down to talk about his nearly 30-year tenure with G.A. West. 

How has the company changed since you’ve been here?
We kinda took the Ronald Reagan approach. Gary [West] hired as many good people as he could to take care of all the areas of the company, people he trusted to run the company with him. He looks for people to be faithful and keep the ball of momentum rolling. We’ve changed by growing people into those positions and they’ve ended up extraordinary. Like the old saying goes: it doesn’t matter how you start; it’s how you wind up.

What do you enjoy most about working at G.A. West?
We’re G.A. West AND Company – that “company” means a lot to me. It’s like G.A. West AND Family. You spend so much time with them they feel like family. When you work with someone 6 – 7 days a week, you learn things about them and they become part of your family. I know some people here who would drop everything and help you out. Loyalty and faithfulness. These people are loyal and faithful and you can depend on them day after day.

Describe the favorite part of your job.
I like where the Safety Department is going now. We’re building relationships with our employees. We relate to them. When talking to them about safety, I don’t say “hey look, don’t do that because you may get killed” or “I’ll fire you if you do that.” I say something like “Look, you have kids. Do you want your kid going to work for someone who is going to get them killed or do you want your kid to work with someone who is going to do the job right, take care of your child, make them perform the job safely, wear the proper PPE and keep them safe?” When you do things right, you do things the safe way.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? (here or elsewhere)
1) There’s no easy position; every position takes work.
2) You should always work hard at what you do and as smart as you can to the very best that you can.
3) The best thing to do is to take what you know and apply it the best you can to your job.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Every individual is a person and should be treated as such – a person. Our employees are valuable to us and we should always show our appreciation of them.

What has kept you with G.A. West for nearly three decades?
I think I’ve stayed because of Gary West. Being the person he is, I know that no matter what, he’s going to strive to keep us going. You can see that Gary has a heart for doing this. He’s not the kind that will throw his hands up and quit. He’s going to stay in there and grind day after day until things get better. You know you can count on him and when you can count on somebody, you want to stay with them.

 

G.A. West Receives Safest in the Industry Silver Award

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safest-222G.A. West is the proud recipient of the 2017 Safest in the Industry Silver Award
presented by Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Alabama Chapter, Alabama AGC and Subcontractors Association of Alabama during the annual “Safe Day” event.

Safe Day helps bring safety awareness to the forefront of the construction industry. In the spirit of the event, ABC, AGC Alabama and the Subcontractors Association of Alabama partnered to present the Safest in the Industry Awards in Birmingham Alabama on May 5, 2017.

 

 

 

G.A. West Receives AGC Safety Award

rex-and-safety-awardG.A. West and Company, Inc. is the proud recipient of the Mobile Section, Alabama AGC 2016 Construction Safety Excellence Award in the Industrial Division for having over 1.9 million safe man-hours, the highest in the Industrial Division category!

The Mobile Section, AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards is an ongoing effort by the Mobile Section, AGC to recognize their members in the Mobile, Alabama area who have developed and implemented excellent safety and loss prevention programs through management commitment, employee training and program innovation.

Spotlight on Bart Hughes

bart-h-spotlight-imageWhat department do you work in?
Electrical & Instrumentation

What’s your current position/title?
Lead Electrical Estimator

Where did you go to school?
CF Vigor, Mobile County Trade School, Bishop State

How long have you been with G.A. West?
December will be 14 years.

How has the company changed since you’ve been here?
Technology has changed and along with that so does our line of work. There are numerous examples of this from time-keeping to scheduling but the one that sticks out to me is estimating. Timberline is something I was not open to learning at first honestly, but looking at it today I am glad I did. Having everyone who estimates on the same program is surely a plus in my opinion.

Tell us about your job at G.A. West. 
It’s a challenge. It can be rewarding as well. But there is a lot more than just estimating that goes on. I am involved in schedules, cost control, billing, invoices, T & M work, RFI’s, change orders, and client relations. You have to wear multiple hats and be self-motivated to have a chance to be successful.

Tell us what a normal day at G.A. West look like for you.
A normal day for me can get pretty busy, which I like. Almost every day I am pricing something, whether it is for a project we are currently working on or a project we are bidding. But I like to have a schedule of what needs to be done, that way I stay on track.

Before working at G.A. West, what was the most unusual/interesting job you’ve had?
At a young age I went to work for my dad. It wasn’t always easy working with family. My 4 older brothers all work there and although most of my memories there are good ones, I learned very soon into it that it wasn’t for me. I think the decision I made to leave was the right one.

What is the one accomplishment or project at G.A. West that you are most proud of?
Probably the first project I estimated that we received a PO for. I still remember it vividly. I was anxious to see what the outcome would be once complete. It was gratifying to know that everything went great and actually done a couple more projects similar to that one. That was in the summer of 2006.

What do you enjoy most about working at G.A. West?
Just being part of a growing company can be challenging and fun at the same time. Working with multiple disciplines within the same company can help teach me things that I otherwise never would have known. That part will only get better as I get older.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
Man I have so many. 1. Read, read, read, and read again if need be. 2. Try to eliminate assumptions. 3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Well, over the years I have worked around a lot of great smart people and learned a lot along the way. But the one that stands out to me the most is simple. “Think before you speak”. We’ve all heard that before but doing it is something different.

What is the worst advice you have ever been given?
Not sure that I can recall any bad advice right off hand. I typically make my own mind up before I do something if I am responsible for it.

What 3 words would you use to describe G.A. West?
Driven. Growing. Dedicated.

What’s playing in your car right now?
Jamey Johnson was playing this morning when I pulled up.

What is the one thing you cannot do without?
Oxygen! And for that I am thankful.

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Robert E. Lee. I enjoy civil war history and I would like to ask him what he was thinking at Gettysburg the summer of 1863.

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Gumbo. So many different items in Gumbo. You could live a long time on that.

Tell us about your family & activities outside of work.
I have been married for 11 years, and I have 3 kids that I am crazy about. Clare 7, Catherine 5, and Bart II 19 months. My activities consist of coaching Tee-ball, bass fishing, and Auburn Football. I also enjoy working out and I play in an adult wiffle ball league. I am only inside if it’s raining, I’m sleeping, or eating.

What is your favorite movie of all time? Favorite song?
Movie- Saving Private Ryan, Tommy Boy, Song- John Mellencamp Jack & Diane, or Bon Jovi Living on a prayer.

What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love?
Family Feud. Steve Harvey is a trip.

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?
Somewhere like Rome, Sicily, or ancient Egypt. Maybe Normandy France and follow the same trail as General Patton and 3rd army in WW2.

If someone were to write a book about your life, what would be the title?
“The kali oka kid” That’s the name of the road where I grew up. Still live there actually.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Jean -Claude Van Damme.

People would be surprised if they knew:
I am a pretty good artist.

Spotlight on Glen Havard

glenn-h-spotlight-imageWhat department do you work in?
Quality Control

What’s your current position/title?
Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager

Where did you go to school?
George County

How long have you been with G.A. West?
6 years

How has the company changed since you’ve been here?
It has continuously grown, and at the same time communication between departments has greatly improved.

Describe your job in 25 words or less.
I maintain the Company’s Quality Program, and manage the QCs that take care of inspections and documentation on jobsites.

Tell us what a normal day at G.A. West look like for you.
Working with other dept. managers to try to make sure project quality requirements are met. I spend a lot of time reading client specifications and code standards.

Before working at G.A. West, what was the most unusual/interesting job you’ve had?
I Repossessed furniture for Discount Rental while in High School.

What is the one accomplishment or project at G.A. West that you are most proud of?
The growth and acceptance of the quality program.

What do you enjoy most about working at G.A. West?
The diversity of the projects, there is always something to learn.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
Take pride in what you do, respect other people, and maintain your integrity at all cost.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Believe half of what you see and nothing you hear.

What is the worst advice you have ever been given?
Just Quit.

What 3 words would you use to describe G.A. West?
Dependable. Challenging. Growing.

What’s playing in your car right now?
Jocko Willink Podcast.

What is the one thing you cannot do without?
Family

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Donald Trump, to see what he is like when the cameras are off.

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Steak and Potatoes.

Tell us about your family & activities outside of work.
I’m married with two daughters and have one grandson. I enjoy anything outdoors.

What is your favorite movie of all time? Favorite song?
Gladiator, Consider the Lilies

What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love?
Dawson’s Creek

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?
Paris

If someone were to write a book about your life, what would be the title?
The Chronicles of Glen.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Ricky Schroder

People would be surprised if they knew:
I’m not as cool as I appear.

How to Get Hired at G.A. West

Want to work at G.A. West? Here’s a few frequently asked questions on the hiring process:gawest-highrez-vert-logo

Where do I find the job openings?
We have all our job postings listed on our website: www.gawest.com

What types of jobs does G.A. West employ?
We hire all crafts at mostly all skill levels. Because we’re a start-to-finish construction company, every craft from land clearing to final construction is employed.

How often do you hire people?
We are constantly look for qualified men and women year-round though our need for certain crafts fluctuate per the immediate need.

What skills will I need before applying for a position with G.A. West?
We prefer journeymen-level craftsmen with certifications such as NCCER, TWIC, OSHA, TVTC and others, however, we do hire non-journeymen as helpers with the goal of incorporating them into the company and allow them to grow with us.

What training is required and what is provided?
Because we work at nearly 100 sites across many states (primarily the Southeast) the training requirements vary from site to site according to the work being performed. We provide all site-specific training, testing, OSHA 10 Construction as well as perform comprehensive background checks on all applicants.

I want to begin a career with G.A. West. How long will you employ me for?
G.A. West does not guarantee employment after the site an applicant was hired for is completed with the work. However, we do our best to line up sites so that when one ends, another begins thus keeping qualified craftsmen employed on a regular basis with us.

How do I get hired back after I was laid off?
If you showed great work performance and your evaluation from your supervisor shows your great work performance then an HR representative will notify you when your craft is needed again. The key is to keep checking with Human Resources and ensuring they know you are seeking work.

When will I hear back after I submit an application?
There is no definitive time-frame on when you will hear back from us. We only contact applicants if we intend to employ them. We take applications 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year so that when openings arise, we have a readily accessible pool of candidates to pull from.

What would disqualify me from being able to work?
Drug and alcohol abuse are the two biggest disqualifying factors. We test 100% of all employees hiring in and conduct random drug tests on existing employees. Illegal drug use and abuse of prescription medication will NOT be tolerated. There are some health conditions that have the potential to prevent an applicant from being hired on; these conditions are all evaluated by Occupational Health doctors who make the final decision on if the condition will be a hazard to the applicant and others on the worksite.

How do I stand out against other applicants?
Certifications make a large impact on who is hired and who is not. NCCER, NCCER +, NCCCO and other certifications are actively sought after and make a standard applicant stick out from others.

What do I need to know about the industry and G.A. West?
Working in a construction area and with a construction company means safety is the forefront of everything. In an environment where many things are happening simultaneously, if someone is not paying attention they can harm themselves or others. The sites can consist of fast-paced environments sometimes with long hours, however, working for an established company with an impeccable safety record, utilizing your skills to their fullest and benefitting society along with earning a highly competitive wage is a compelling reward.

Why would I want to work with G.A. West? What are the benefits?
Founded in 1987, G. A. West is an established company known throughout the industry. We’re the fifth largest employer in the Mobile, Alabama area and we continue to grow year after year with no signs of wavering. Our leadership (from supervisors to executives) is experienced, skilled and knowledgeable and work hard for not just the company and clients, but for our employees. Our employees are our most valuable asset and we show our appreciation to them by providing health insurance, FMLA, dental and vision insurance, 401k, Paid time off, competitive wages, open-door policies, safe worksites and more.

Spotlight on Ronald Chastang

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How long have you been with G.A. West?
I’ve been with G.A. West since November 2016.

What’s your position?
I’m a general laborer.

Where are you from? Where did you go to school?
I’m from Mount Vernon. I graduated from Citronelle High School in 2004.

What do you do here at G.A. west?
I lay pipe, hook up pumps and really, I go where they need me. I like to be useful so I lend a hand where I can. There’s little downtime and you stay busy.

Why did you choose to work at G.A. West?
I was told it was a great company to work for. It was highly recommended to me.

What do you like about G.A. West?
I love G.A. West. I truly appreciate them for giving me the opportunity to show what I’m capable of and allow me to work every day. I’m grateful to have a job. As long as there is an opportunity, I see myself working here. I love it.

If you could change something about the company, what would it be?
We all communicate pretty good. As far as our daily work activity, there’s really not much to change or anything. Anything we need to know, we know who to ask.

What’s playing in your car right now?
Country Music.

What are your hobbies?
Outside of work I like to do the typical country stuff like fishing, hunting and playing softball.

 

G.A. West Achieves Gold Shovel Standard Certification

gss-certified-2017(April 5, 2017) — G.A. West & Co., Inc. is the proud recipient of the Gold Shovel Standard certification. Gold Shovel Standard (GSS) is a nonprofit committed to improving public safety and the continued integrity of buried infrastructure. GSS-certified entities have invested in safety management systems to reduce damages and minimize the risks associated with excavating on or around buried assets.

Every six minutes in the United States an underground utility line is damaged during excavation work, resulting in millions of damages each year. A company that holds a Gold Shovel Standard certification has demonstrated, by the Safety Management System put forth by the organization, a baseline commitment to safety around buried infrastructure. Safe excavation practices result in fewer injuries, less property damage, inconvenient outages, projects delays and high costs.

“The safety of our employees, customers, and the communities we serve in is our top priority,” said Rex Parnell, G.A. West Safety Director. “We’re thrilled to be taking a leadership role by participating in the Gold Shovel Standard, and by demonstrating our commitment to safety and performance with integrity.”

GSS certification demonstrates G.A. West’s enhanced commitment to high safety standards, and ongoing engagement with continued training and education in industry best practices. GSS seeks to create an environment where all excavators demonstrate exemplary caution around buried infrastructure, all locators demonstrate top-tier performance in locating buried infrastructure, and where both can be recognized and rewarded for their superior performance.

“Gold Shovel Standard certified companies have a demonstrated commitment to high safety standards and training in industry best practices,” said Dave Mauerman, an administrator at Gold Shovel Standard. “We are delighted to add G.A. West among them.”

About G.A. West & Co., Inc.
G.A. West was formed in 1987 and specializes in heavy industrial projects where commitment to safety, on-time completion and high-quality products are normal expectations. G.A. West employs in excess of twelve hundred (1,200) workers and is one of the top five (5) employers in the Mobile, Alabama area and the largest direct-hire contractor in the southern part of the state of Alabama. G.A. West has four locations in Mobile County, encompassing 147 acres of land and over 250,000 square feet of warehouses, fabrication shops, docks, roll off platforms, laydown yards, and office space. G.A. West is able to provide concise and responsible support on a timely basis due to a history of concentrating in the Heavy Industrial Sector.

About Gold Shovel Standard
Gold Shovel Standard (GGS) is a nonprofit committed to improving public safety and the continued integrity of buried infrastructure. GSS believes that greater transparency among buried-asset operators, locators and contractors is essential to drive continuous improvement, and vital to ensure increasingly safe working conditions and communities. The Website is www.GoldShovelStandard.org.