During its anniversary and ribbon cutting event, Ray Kennamer Construction celebrated more than just its newest location — it toasted 25 years of a family legacy to build a better future for the City of Albertville.
Not only did he want to commemorate the hard work of his family and crew, Ray Kennamer said he wanted to show how much he appreciated his clients.
“We wanted to celebrate 25 years, but also we wanted to show some customer appreciation with the open house,” Kennamer said. “We’ve done around 1,000 [construction jobs] in the last 25 years.”
Starting out in construction, he said it was hard to really know what to expect.
“I’ve been doing this now for over 40 years,” he continued. “I had worked for my dad until he passed away, and after that, we just took it and ran with it. We’ve expanded and grown over the last 25 years, and it’s just been an incredible experience.”
Since his daughter, Kelly Kennamer Godwin, took up the mantle as the third generation in the family business, he said it’s been even more special.
“Especially having a female in the construction business, you just don’t see that very often,” he said. “It’s just very nice to be able to have her there with me. And she is good at what she does, there’s no doubt about it.”
In true, construction fashion, the guest sign-in book was actually a handsaw. By the end of the evening, it was emblazoned with all of the Kennamers’ friends and family.
Even though Kennamer Construction’s new location was built in the 1960s, Godwin said back in 2011, the company put the roof on the building, which made them familiar with it.
“We tried to keep most of it original,” Godwin said. “It looks really different now since we remodeled from top to bottom, so it could be used as an office.”
To thank everyone, Ray Kennamer Construction released the following statement:
“Thank you to all who came to our 25th anniversary celebration for Ray Kennamer Construction, Inc. and ribbon cutting for our new office location at 404 Martling Road in Albertville. We would like to thank our clients, friends and crew for making this all possible. Thank you to the Albertville Chamber for your support and help throughout this whole process. Thank you to the Etowah Chamber and to Will for making the ribbon used in the ceremony. Thank you to Albertville Home Bakery and Coffee Shop for the delicious cake and The Yum Yum Tree for the croissants. BAP Agency, LLC, did a wonderful job on the coffee mugs and tumblers. Shout out to Whitney Parrish Photography for the amazing photography! A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who came to support us at this event. Looking forward to the next 25 years and beyond.”