Our Buildings Add Pride to Baldwin County Sports Program
Vulcan Steel Structures scored big with a $6.9 million custom gymnasium complex for Elberta High School in Elberta, Alabama. Government officials, school representatives and students cut the ribbon on the almost 30,000-square-foot, multi-functional space on August 28.
The Lady Warrior volleyball team had the honor of the first game in the 900-seat gym the week prior to the ribbon-cutting. “It’s real special to start a new season, but a new season in a new gym is really exciting,” Volleyball Coach Madison Wichterman told Fox10 News reporter Hal Scheurich. “There was a lot more energy in the gym than normal, and I hope that continues throughout the season.”
In addition to the gym, the complex is comprised of athletic offices, meeting rooms, training facilities, a football locker room, a concession area and more. This investment benefits not only students and student athletes, but also school employees and Warrior fans who will envy the structures and see the pride and value Baldwin County has brought to this project.
“It’s all about school pride and being grateful for what we have,” raved Nathan McDaniel, Athletic Director and head football coach, in the Fox10 news feature. It’s “been a blessing for sure,” he said.
For the building complex, Vulcan provided 24-gauge Kynar SL216 roof panels and Kynar PBR wall panels.
Stability is Built with More Than Just Steel
Just like steel buildings are known for their strength, the workforce at Vulcan Steel Structures is super strong, too. We have employees who’ve spent half their lives building the future. Such is the case with Joey Richardson, assistant plant manager, who began with Vulcan in high school and is still here 23 years and many projects later.
Joey has come a long way since his first job, bagging groceries at Harvey’s Supermarket. Today, he is in his ninth position at Vulcan. He’s been a plasma operator, a logistics coordinator, a plant supervisor and so much more before assuming the assistant plant manager role a year ago. He relishes being a leader at Vulcan. He enjoys how Vulcan makes “what seems impossible, possible.”
When not at work, Joey spends time with his actual family – staying busy with his six children and two grandsons. On the weekends, you’ll find him in Tallahassee, Florida, cheering on the Seminoles with his family who are all Florida State fans.
After all these years, Joey continues to find joy in the daily challenges that Vulcan’s various projects present. He never tires of that great feeling of accomplishment when Vulcan’s clients rave about the finished buildings.
Joey believes that his work family knows everything about him, but here’s something they don’t know—what’s next for Joey and his future at Vulcan? Most likely continuing in some role that adds to the company’s success.