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About SPC Mechanical

Family Owned since 1965

Buren Williford was born in Wilson County, North Carolina in 1934, just years after the Great Depression had shattered the nation’s economic strength. As he grew, Buren learned responsibility and the value of hard work, first while working on his family’s farm, then when he began driving a school bus at age 16. Following his high school graduation in 1952, Buren worked for a Rocky Mount construction firm before joining a local mechanical contractor in Wilson. In 1956, Buren married Peggy Strickland. She would be his love and support for the next fifty plus years.

OUR HISTORY

In 1963, in an effort to acquire sales experience, Buren began working for Tharrington Industries in Rocky Mount, selling heating equipment and oil and gas fired tobacco curers in North and South Carolina. During that same year, he received guidance and assistance from a friend in Raleigh, Consulting Engineer Thomas Cox Powell, PE, and an NC State Engineering Professor, L.L. Vaughn. They assisted him in preparing for the state mechanical licensing exam. With their help, Buren passed the exam, and became one of the earliest licensed mechanical contractors in North Carolina. At the time, he was one of only 2,000.

When SPC opened, there were only two employees, Buren and his wife Peggy. While Buren put in the labor and mechanical expertise, Peggy insured that the company’s finances were in order. Their hard work for the first few years built the foundation for SPC and guaranteed that the company would be ready for the big changes that would occur in the years to come.

In the summer of 1965, Buren asked the President of the Bank of Rocky Mount, Mr. Young Pulley, to help him obtain a Small Business Administration Loan. The application required an ample amount of paperwork which included references from local engineers and banks, and a complete business plan. With Mr. Pulley’s help, the application was submitted and approved, and he is owed a debt of gratitude for his assistance in the approval of that loan. Part of Mr. Pulley’s legacy was helping young, ambitious individuals start their own businesses. Without this loan, there would be no Southern Piping Company.

As of March 18th, 2018, it has been close to 53 years since the loan which was the catalyst to the paramount success of Southern Piping Company. Mr. C. Buren Williford passed away on this day, surrounded by his family. Southern Piping Company, now known as SPC Mechanical, continues being a family owned and operated business. The Williford family is committed to continuing the business as well as give thanks to the overwhelming number of condolences extended.

SPC Mechanical is a family
owned and operated business.

OUR COMPANY EVOLUTION

  • 1965ESTABLISHED

    SOUTHERN PIPING COMPANY IS FORMED

    Mr. Williford started Southern Piping Company, a mechanical contracting company, in a small office on Goldsboro Street in Wilson, NC, with $2000 savings and a $21,000 small business loan.

  • 1969GROWTH

    SECURING GREAT PROJECTS AND CLIENTS

    Mr. Williford grew the business and expanded into larger commercial projects such as Jarvis Methodist Church in Greenville, NC, and the YMCA in Rocky Mount, NC. Southern Piping Company moved into a 4,000 square foot building on Baldtree Road.

  • 1976HISTORIC GOVERNOR'S MANSION

    HISTORIC GOVERNOR'S MANSION BECOMES PROJECT

    North Carolina Governor James Holshouser hired SPC to renovate the HVAC system in the historic governor's mansion.

  • 1978FAMILY BUSINESS PART 1

    CHRIS JOINS SPC

    Chris Williford, the first of three sons and current President, joins the company.

  • 1985FAMILY BUSINESS PART 2

    MARK JOINS THE SPC TEAM

    Mark Williford, the second son and current Executive VP, Supportive Services, began working for the company.

  • 1997FAMILY BUSINESS PART 3

    TIM JOINS THE SPC TEAM

    Tim Williford, the third son and current Corporate Counsel, began working for the company.

  • 2015SPC MECHANICAL

    CELEBRATING 50TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY

    Southern Piping Company changes their name to SPC Mechanical. "We wanted to keep the SPC but we felt like 'mechanical' better describes our primary focus," said Chris Williford. "We provide HVAC and plumbing construction that includes plumbing installations and heating and air conditioning installations to a wide variety of clients and customers. We felt like now, at our 50th, is a good time to re-brand the name."