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Ingram Enterprises Wins National Construction Honor

March 11, 2012
By Dave Hodges

Ruby Diamond Auditorium's renovation and expansion, judged the region's top commercial construction project in 2011, has claimed another honor for a Tallahasseve specialty contractor.

Ingram Enterprises, which does drywall and interior construction, has won Associated Builders & Contractors Inc.'s national Excellence in Construction honor and brought home an Eagle Award, the top prize in the Interiors category.

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Stout named contractors "Volunteer of Year"

January 1, 2012

The North Florida Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors has named Gary Stout its Volunteer of the Year for 2011.

Stout is president of drywall contracting firm Ingram Enterprises Inc. of Tallahassee. He is a past chairman of the chapter, past ABC of Florida chairman, and serves on the construction organization's state board of directors. He is also a trustee on the ABC National PAC Committee.

The chapter's recent awards banquet also recognized two retiring board members, Sutton Webb of Riley Palmer Construction and Jim Maples of A Materials Group.

The board members for 2012 are Brian Zettle of P.S.B.I., chairman; Sam Pickenpaugh of Florida Rock, vice chairman; Heath Annin of RAM Construction & Development, secretary-treasurer; Chuck Lester of Ajax Building Corp., past chairman; Bruce Kuhnel of Peaden LLC, chairman of the chapter's Western Region; Jim Folds, Culpepper Construction; Jason Gassett, Childers Construction; Bo Mixer, Benson's Heating & Air; Jay Kelly, Florida Fence & Outdoor Living; Ron Mason, James Moore & Co. CPAs; Scott Brewer, Allstate Construction; Finley Cook, Cook Brothers; Bill Strauss, Talquin Portable Restrooms; and Michael Roberts, Roberts Sand Co.

Contractors Celebrate 25 Years of Chapter Success

ABC awardIngram Enterprises, Inc. was presented with its 4th c award, at this Year’s ABC Excellence in Construction Gala. This year’s event was held at the FSU University Center, where Ingram Enterprises took home the top award in their category for work performed at the FSU Ruby Diamond Renovation and Expansion. Other awards received that night included:

STEP (Safety Training & Evaluation Process): Platinum Level
Excellence in Marketing Award
Merit Choice Award

ABC awardAmong all the choice words and great stories from the past 25 years with the North Florida Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors Inc., past president Gary Stout had the best quote of the night Thursday.

Speaking of trade and professional associations like ABC, Stout told the gathering, "It's like the vending machine down the hall. You don't get anything out of it until you put something in."

That really summed up the chapter's origin in 1985, when a handful of local construction businesses decided to form an association, and affiliate with the national organization. They were dealing with a shortage of carpenters at the time and worked with the Lively Technical Center to get an apprenticeship program started.

ABC awardAs an ABC chapter, the companies had representation on important topics facing the construction industry. They participated in the worksite safety program and were also recognized for outstanding projects, even at the national level.

"It really brought Tallahassee contractors to the top notch," said past president Doug Smith of Ajax Building Corp.

Past president Barry Poole of Poole Engineering recalled how the construction slump of the early 1990s was tougher in some respects than the downturn firms deal with today. Still, the chapter kept growing and surpassed 60 members. It kept growing during 2010, in fact, adding 27 new member firms. Jim Folds of Culpepper Construction Co. was honored during the dinner at Hotel Duval for his efforts to boost membership. He received the Volunteer of the Year award.

ABC awardStout noted in his remarks that the North Florida Chapter has supported Second Harvest Food Bank, the Godby High School construction and architecture program, the Gretchen Everhart School, Leukemia Foundation and many others.

"I have to say I have truly enjoyed my years as a member and serving on local, state and national committees," said Stout, who is a three-time chapter president and is state chair this year for the second time.

ABCAnd those who got involved 25 years ago must have gotten something for their time, effort and energy because they are still active today: Ajax Building Corp., A Materials Group, BB&T/Landrum Yaeger, Carr Riggs & Ingram, Cornerstone Tool & Fastener, Culpepper Construction, Earl Bacon Agency, Jenkins Brick Co., Poole Engineering Co., Sherwin Williams Co., Specialty Contractors and Sperry & Associates.

Ingram Enterprises, Inc is presented its 3rd Specialty Project
of the Year Award!

EIC awardAssociated Builders & Contractor's Excellence in Construction Awards Program has become the premier competition within the construction industry. The EIC program recognizes outstanding construction projects across the nation. Contractors can submit projects in over 45 categories.

FSU College of MedicineOn November 15, 2007 at the North Florida Chapter Associated Builders & Contractors Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards presentation, Ingram Enterprises, Inc. was presented Specialty Project of the Year with the Florida State University College of Medicine.

The local winning entry has been submitted into the National ABC EIC competition and results will be awarded June 2008 in Washington, D.C.

Ingram Enterprises is delighted to donate building materials for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
in Tallahassee, Florida

On Friday, February 20th, 2009, Ty Pennington and the Design Team from the hit ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition surprised a deserving Tallahassee family of heroes, with the news that they will receive a brand new custom home in just 7 days! The airdate for the 2 Hour ABC Special episode is now April 12, 2009 at 8:00pm



  • 2011 - ABC EIC - Specialty Project of the Year - FSU Ruby Diamond Auditorium
  • 2011 - ABC EIC - Marketing Award - FSU Ruby Diamond Auditorium
  • 2009 - National ABC EIC - Pyramid Award - FSU Student Success Center
  • 2009 - ABC EIC - Marketing Award - FSU Student Success Center
  • 2009 - ABC EIC - Eagle Award Interiors - FSU Student Success Center
  • 2007 - ABC EIC - Specialty Project of the Year - FSU College of Medicine
  • 2006 - 2011- ABC Safety STEP Award - Platinum Level
  • 2005 - ABC EIC - Specialty Project of the Year - FAMU School of Journalism &
               Graphic Communication
  • 2005 - ABC EIC - Merit Award Exterior Finish - Frenchtown Renaissance Center
  • 2005 - ABC Safety STEP Award - Gold Level
  • 2004 - FWCCA Themed Commercial Award - Challenger Learning Center
  • 2003 - National ABC EIC - Merit Award - Challenger Learning Center
  • 2003 - ABC EIC - Specialty Project of the Year - Challenger Learning Center


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