When Danny Powell drives by a construction site in Rowan County and sees his company’s sign outside, he immediately thinks about his father.
“For my dad, he would be proud that we’re building something locally,” said Powell, president of Salcoa Contracting, Inc.
Powell’s father, A.D. Powell, founded Salcoa Contracting as Salisbury Coatings and Metalizing in Salisbury in 1986 as a paint contracting business. Over the years, Salcoa began conducting renovations for Food Lion, evolving alongside the grocery store chain and becoming one of its go-to general contractors. Although Food Lion and Salcoa are both based in Salisbury, Salcoa was doing most of its work away from home in grocery stores as far away as Maryland.
That is, until a few years ago, when the company began to diversify its portfolio by taking on more local projects.
“In the past five years, we’ve started doing some local work, which is really starting to grow,” Powell said.
More and more Salcoa signs have started popping up in Rowan County, like in front of Moose Pharmacy or at Dan Nicholas Park, where the company is constructing a new concession stand.
On Monday, Salcoa began work on another major project in Rowan County — implementing the “common solutions” phase of the county’s plan to upgrade its facilities to comply with health guidelines and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The project was designed by architect Pete Bogle and his team at The Bogle Firm Architecture.
The project, Powell said, comes with more gravity than most.
“Being a local company, there’s a good feeling knowing you’re helping out the local EMS or other county workers to help them be safer with what’s going on in the world,” Powell said.
Over the next several weeks, Salcoa will install touchless bathroom fixtures, hand sanitizer stations