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Posted by Tasha Weiss on May 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM.
Eddie Williams, chairman of Buckner Companies (an AISC member and advanced certified erector), has received North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award for his accomplishments, service and contributions throughout the steel industry.
Former N.C. Senator Bob Atwater presented the award on behalf of former N.C. Governor Beverly Perdue, stating, “One would be pressed to find any individual that has devoted more time, resources or effort working for the betterment of the steel construction industry.” (Photo: Former N.C. Senator Bob Atwater (left) with Williams. Courtesy of SEAA.)
The Long Leaf Pine Award, one of the most prestigious that a North Carolina governor can bestow, recognizes a citizen’s contributions to his or her community and dedication to his or her profession. Williams joins a notable rank of more than 7,000 recipients, including Billy Graham, Michael Jordan, Charles Kuralt and political cartoonist Doug Marlette.
Williams started working with C.P. Buckner Steel Erection, Inc., in 1952 where he began his career as a rebar laborer, eventually achieving the position of Chairman of the Board of one of the country’s most respected steel erectors. Williams made his way to the top by working in most every trade and management position within his company as well as holding leadership positions at virtually every major trade organization in the steel construction industry.
He is one of six founding members of Steel Erectors Association of the Carolinas that evolved into the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA), and even secured SEAA a voice on the SENRAC Committee, providing the organization the opportunity to influence the writing of OSHA law that would govern how the entire construction industry would conduct business for the foreseeable future. He has served as SEAA President three separate times, including as founding president in 1972.
Williams has served in many positions throughout his community as well as industry organizations including: past member of the Board of Directors for Alamance County’s Chamber of Commerce; President for American Subcontractor Association of the Carolinas (ASAC); member of AISC’s Roundtable and Certification Committee; and member of AISC’s NASCC: The Steel Conference Planning and Awards Committee.
He was recognized with the William Davis Service Award by SEAA for his numerous contributions to the association and in 2005, he was awarded an AISC Lifetime Achievement Award.
At age 79 he still serves on the Board of Directors for the American Subcontractors Association of the Carolinas and for the Steel Erectors Association of America.
He has been married for 60 years to Pat Williams. They have one daughter, Teri Atkins; one son, Douglas E. Williams; and five grandchildren. Following in his father’s example, Doug provides leadership as the current CEO of Buckner Companies, Inc.