The original Spann, Inc. office building.
Photo courtesy of Jack Thompson.
In August 1957, S. R. (Bob) Spann moved with his family from Columbia, SC to Myrtle Beach. He partnered with three prominent local businessmen (Archie Dargan, Morrison Campbell and Craig Wall, Jr.) to purchase Ammons, Inc., a company specializing in the sales and service of Frigidaire appliances and heating systems installation. The firm consisted of around 7 employees.
The new company immediately decided to add roofing and sheet metal to its services and hired its first roofing employee Bud Nobles.
In 1959, the company moved from a rental building on Broadway Extension to a new facility at 706 8th Ave North, behind what was then M.B. Lumber Company.
In 1968, Spann Inc. sold off the appliance section of the business to better focus its efforts on the expansion of HVAC and roofing segments of the operations.
In 1973, S. R. (Sammy) Spann Jr. joined Spann, Inc. after graduating from Clemson University and serving a tour in the United States Air Force.
In 1975, Spann Roofing moved to a new facility at 705 Seaboard Street in the Seaboard Industrial Park. On February 1, 1978, S.R. Spann Sr. retired and Fred L. Thomas became president of the company.
The HVAC segment of the business was spun off in 1979 into what is today known as Thomas, Inc. S.R. Spann Jr. became president of Spann, Inc. and later changed its name to Spann Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc to better reflect the services provided.
As the company continued to grow, the facilities at Seaboard Street seemed inadequate for future growth. A new state-of-the-art warehouse and office were constructed in the Atlantic Center, just west of Myrtle Beach. This facility consists of 20,000 square feet and is filled with the highest quality technological equipment, materials, supplies and employees, all committed to providing excellent results. The building took occupancy on January 1, 2002. The new facility is more centrally located in the county and more accessible to a road system that has allowed the company to expand its geographic area of coverage.
Ben Griffith came on board in August 1998 and is now vice president and part owner. Ben is a Citadel graduate with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.
James M Spann IV, better known as Jimbo, graduated from Clemson University in 2007. After working with Hamlin Roofing in Raleigh, NC, Jimbo joined the Company in 2009. As a part-owner, Jimbo serves as the primary estimator and as a project manager.
Spann Residential Services, Inc. was created in 2014 to service the residential market. Spann Repair Services LLC was created in 2015.
Spann Roofing has been an intricate part of the growth of the Grand Strand for over 61 years. Because we are owner-managed and have such a loyal work force, we offer outstanding performance on all of our jobs. With a work force of approximately 85 employees during peak seasons, we are capable of accomplishing any size job. We continue to do everything possible to adhere to our mission statement "To create a working environment that enables highly motivated individuals, working as a team, to produce quality roofing products and service for our valued customers. "