Officials with Gibson Industrial Services and Southern Industrial Constructors / Southern Crane are pleased to announce the merger of their operations.
In addition to its high-quality optical alignment, millwright / rigging and plant relocation services, the Kings Mountain, N.C.-based Gibson Industrial brings to the newly combined organization long-standing customer relationships nationwide, along with added coverage in the Charlotte metro / I-85 business corridor area.
“I have known Paul Gibson, Ken Milem and their team at Gibson Industrial for many years as honorable and tough competition, so we are truly excited that we’re now on the same team,” said Earl Johnson Jr., founder and chairman of Southern Industrial. “Together as Southern Industrial, we can cost-effectively cover all of North Carolina and South Carolina for service and maintenance work, and pursue additional project work and plant relocations across the country.”
Gibson brings to the Southern Industrial partnership the following specialties:
• Optical alignment services. The company performs highly specialized millwright work for jobs that require close tolerances for roll, high-speed coupling or precision-bore alignments.
• Millwright / rigging. The company’s expertise starts at the foundation and ends with all machine components leveled, aligned and fully assembled.
• Plant relocation. Its capability ranges from a single piece of machinery to complete turnkey plant relocation involving all disassembly, match-marking, transportation to the new location, reassembly, and all related piping, wiring, painting and foundations. The company has installation and relocation experience in all types of manufacturing and process industries, which augments Southern Industrial’s existing strengths.
“Ken and I were looking for a partner that shared our commitment to safety, integrity and quality work, and would allow our team to continue its own fine traditions while supporting our growth,” said Paul Gibson, founder and co-owner of Gibson Industrial. “We are excited about our future together as we serve existing customers and call on new ones.”
For more than 45 years, Southern Industrial Constructors / Southern Crane has served as an industry and community leader, taking pride in providing its services with safety, integrity, quality workmanship and responsive customer care.
Founded in 1962, Southern Industrial provides a wide range of services throughout the Southeast, including turnkey industrial construction, industrial electrical construction, turnkey plant installations and relocations, turnkey rigging and plant maintenance service, and specialized metal fabrication.
Southern Crane provides state-of-the-art crane and rigging services, and has been a leader in a national safety movement to encourage the certification of all crane operators. All of Southern Crane’s operators are CCO certified.
Because of their exemplary safety records, both Southern Industrial and Southern Crane are among the few companies in the state recognized as STAR contractors by the N.C. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Division.