Posted: September 2016

September 25, 2016

Charleston’s Choice Winner as Favorite Engineering Firm

D&F's Charleston's Choice Ad

Davis & Floyd is honored to be a winner in The Post and Courier’s 2016 Charleston’s Choice Awards. Over 20,000 Post and Courier readers nominated approximately 6,000 businesses in more than 300 categories, resulting in 200,000 votes cast in total.

Today, it was announced that we took home the award for favorite engineering firm in the professional services category. Many of our peers in this category have been longtime partners on projects across the state – we’re honored to have been considered alongside them in such an important and meaningful category.

Since 1954, we have striven to be the best and brightest in South Carolina, partnering with municipalities, counties, statewide agencies, and federal regulators to make South Carolina as beautiful as it is safe and as thoughtful as it is innovative. To be recognized for our work history and local legacy is truly exciting.

We thank The Post and Courier for making this possible and the readers and fans that voted for us! We’re honored to accept this award and we look forward to celebrating this win – but more importantly, we can’t wait to get back to work on the roads, water systems, and private developments across the state.

September 19, 2016

Our Leadership Greenwood Grad

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Leadership Greenwood graduating class (Rob is located in the second row, second from the left)

Congrats to our own Robert Stevenson, Jr., SE, Structural Engineer, for graduating from the Leadership Greenwood program, an initiative of the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Greenwood is highly competitive and was designed to develop an active corps of engaged and dedicated civic leaders. Having been built and based in Greenwood, South Carolina, for over 50 years, we’re thrilled that the next generation of Davis & Floyd employees is contributing to our home city. Graduates of Leadership Greenwood are challenged to serve their employers and community in meaningful community-building efforts – something we wholeheartedly believe in.

Rob has a MS and BS in Civil/Structural Engineering from Clemson University and has been with Davis & Floyd for 8 years. He says that the company and his professional peers feel like family.

“At Davis & Floyd, we act as a family, celebrating in times of joy, supporting each other in times of need, and even giving each other a hard time just for the fun of it. Everything we do is centered around improving our communities, because with strong communities, all of our families have the best chance to succeed,” he says. “I work at Davis & Floyd because of our shared passion of improving the quality of life for our communities through excellence in engineering.”

At Davis & Floyd, Rob works primarily on bridge designs, which is fitting for his dedication to the community and the way he envisions community cohesion and improved safety for our South Carolina citizens. His current projects include the Port Access Road, York Street Dual Timber Bridge Replacement, Hartwood Lake Aerial Sewer Crossing, and US 278 Bridge Replacement over Three Runs Creek.

September 1, 2016

Industry Expansion in Pickens County

Photo of JR Automation Technologies Expansion
From left: Tara Lyle (Davis & Floyd), Brent Robertson (Davis & Floyd), Mark Warner (Davis & Floyd), Ray Farley, II (Alliance Pickens Executive Director), and David Hilton (Davis & Floyd)

Big news for South Carolina and Pickens County in particular: JR Automation Technologies’ announcement of expansion comes with a $3.4 million investment, the building of a 50,000-square-foot facility, and 56 new jobs created.

The Michigan-based company provides automated equipment and services for industries including automotive, aerospace, medical, pharmaceutical, food processing, construction, and more. Their 2011 arrival in Pickens County was the company’s first facility outside of Michigan and their expansion will double the current Southeastern footprint of the company, more than doubling its workforce, too.

Governor Nikki Haley hailed the investment as great news for South Carolina’s rural areas and added, “Thanks to JR Automation’s commitment, we have another reason to celebrate, but more than that, we have all the motivation we need to keep Team South Carolina focused on bringing home the next economic development win for the state.”

Davis & Floyd has been involved with the JR Automation Technologies expansion project for over 8 months with permitting, survey, due diligence, and site design. Alliance Pickens and Pickens County selected Davis & Floyd as their civil engineer for the Pickens County Commerce Park. For this project, Davis & Floyd also teamed with Agracel, McMillan Pazdan Smith, and THS.

“Our workforce, our technical education and our commitment to a business-friendly community will support JR Automation as they expand into this new facility in the Commerce Park,” said Pickens County Council Chair Jennifer H. Willis.

We’re proud of Pickens County and thrilled to be a member of this partnership.