RA-LIN held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to launch the company’s new office at 428 Main Street in historic downtown Oxford, Alabama on October 8. RA-LIN General Manager of Alabama Operations, Jay Grubbs, welcomed guests and local officials and said, “RA-LIN has participated in $50 million in construction projects in the state of Alabama over the last five years and is making a commitment and an investment in the growth of the state with this office in the growing I-20 corridor of East Central Alabama. “
Some 30 business and civic leaders attended the ribbon cutting and luncheon event. RA-LIN’s president, Ben Garrett, and vice president of pre-construction services, Bernie Buchanan were there to meet and greet local officials such as Ryan Robertson, Cleburne County Commission Chairman; Dr. Jeff Goodwin, Oxford City Schools Superintendent; Charlotte Hubbard, Oxford City Council member; Todd Walker, Vice President, Alabama Association of Builders and Contractors; Don Hudson, Calhoun County Commissioner and Glea Sarrell, Chairman of the RMC Foundation Board.
RA-LIN Alabama projects include the outstanding facilities at Central High School of Clay County. This $30 million, 180,000 square foot high school won an Outstanding Project Award from Learning By Design Magazine. The firm is currently managing the construction of a new $12.6 million building for Kitty Stone Elementary School for the Jacksonville City Board of Education. The Kitty Stone Elementary School is the company’s sixth K-12 educational facility project within the state. In addition, RA-LIN has begun work on a Home 2 Suites Hotel project in Prattville, Alabama.
RA-LIN is a member of several area chambers of commerce and supports the Core4 Initiative, a strategic alliance between the four counties along the east Alabama Interstate-20 corridor dedicated to economic development of the area. “We support the communities in which we work,” states Grubbs. “We have been very successful in the management of public building construction throughout the Southeast. Taxpayer dollars fund these facilities and we do everything we can to reinvest in the communities that provide us opportunities.”