ROCKINGHAM — Hawks Builders is putting its stamp on Richmond County one construction sign at a time.
“People notice our signs,” said owner Ronnie Hawks. “That’s been great advertisement for us. We love to see those go up.”
Hawks has been operating his business in the county since April 1981. Hawks has 10 employees including carpenters, concrete finishers, drywall hangers, painters and masons.
Hawks Builders is a family business. Ronnie’s brother, Tim Hawks, is the estimator. Evan Hawks, Ronnie’s son, and Mike Hawks, Ronnie’s other brother, work as supervisors.
“I enjoy doing construction,” said Mike Hawks. “I enjoy the family aspect. We say that’s the worst part and the best part.”
Darla Russel, office manager, has worked at Hawks for eight years. Employees call her the gule that keeps the place together.
“She keeps all the men straight,” Ronnie Hawks said.
With more than 75 buildings in Richmond County, Hawks Builders’ work can be seen from one end of the county to the other.
The builders have done work for CSX, Trinity Manufacturing and Cortek Industries at the Richmond County Industrial Park on N.C. 177. Hawks also built Mercantile on Broad, Honda Sports Cycles, Griffin Nissan, Farm Bureau Insurance in Rockingham, doctors’ offices for FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital, Sandhills Surgical Plaza on Long Drive, Witherspoon Heating and Cooling, Dunham’s Sports and the shopping center it sits in and Starick Marine on the Pee Dee River among others.
The Hawks family company has also built educational buildings for several churches around the area — work that Ronnie Hawks said he finds the most gratifying.
“We’re excited about all the things that are happening in the county,” he said. “We enjoy the commercial construction, but the most fulfilling work is the churches and community centers we’ve built. The Lord’s blessed us.”
In addition to churches, Hawks also does work for the city of Rockingham and Richmond County. The new restrooms installed at the Steele Street access point at Hitchcock Creek were built by Ronnie and his crew, and they recently built a new airplane hangar for the Richmond County Airport.
“We do lots of work for the city and the county,” Ronnie Hawks said. “They call us pretty regular.”
Hawks Builders also does a work with Perdue including renovating and updating the company’s medical offices.
“They have been a great account, and they’re good people to work with,” Ronnie Hawks said of Perdue. “They continue to be. Anything they ask us to do, we move buildings, tear them down and put them up.”
Hawks currently has a few projects in the works in Richmond County, consisting of the new Dobbins Heights Community Center, the new Mount Sinai Baptist Church which broke ground last week and the remodeling of Griffin Toyota on U.S. 74 Business. Hawks Builders also is teaming up with Danforth Construction for the expansion of Piedmont Natural Gas.
Projects like Griffin usually take around six months because there are special car building fronts that have to be ordered from Toyota, said Ronnie.
“It’s a process you have to work through, but Griffin has been a great account as well,” he added.
Ronnie Hawks said his company’s reputation shows in its craftsmanship.
“We can design anything and then build it,” he said.
Reach reporter Matt Harrelson at 910-997-3111, ext. 18.