The Team

Engineer / Design Build Team
Mechanical Design Engineer
Job Description

Engineering calculations and detailed design of a wide variety of projects. These include piping, platforms, and custom designed solutions for different industrial clients.

Relevant Certifications & Training
  • E.I.T. (Engineer in Training)
  • MSHA
Industry Experience & Years
  • Nearly 3 years as a Process Design Engineer at Dennis Group with a focus on food processing facilities. Projects included equipment layouts, platform and equipment support design, and pipe routing at several food processing and pet food facilities.
  • 1+ year as Mechanical Design Engineer at Solution Services with a broad range of industries served including chemical plants, lumber and paper mills, packaging, and mines.
Fun Facts

I have lived in a house that is older than America, having been built in 1695.

Mechanical Design Engineer

Jacob W. Hodges

jacobhodges@ss-mec.com

Job Description

Assist with the design and drafting of mechanical systems including piping, platforms, machined parts, and other customed designed solutions for different industrial clients

Relevant Certifications & Training

E.I.T. (Engineer in Training)

Industry Experience & Years

1+ year as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Solutions Services with a broad range of industries served including chemical plants, paper mills, automotive manufacturing plants

Fun Facts

I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a 130 lb dog named Davy.

Design-Build Project Manager
Job Description

Maintain schedule for Engineering and other projects, cost estimating and quotes, keep customers updated on project status, project engineer, provide safety oversight for construction, process engineering drawings

Relevant Certifications & Training

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Microsoft Projects Training

Industry Experience & Years
  • Milliken | Operations Team Leader – 2 years
  • PCS Phosphate | Production Engineer – 11 years
  • INVISTA | Operation Specialist / Project Specialist / Project Manager / Asset Availability Leader – 14 years
  • Shakespeare | Project/Process Engineer – 2.5 years
Fun Facts

I enjoy hiking and backpacking in the mountains, kayaking, and watching college football.

Engineering Manager
Job Description

Provide engineering support to construction projects, project management, mechanical design services, and management of turnkey multi-discipline projects through sub-contractors

Relevant Certifications & Training

Professional Engineer

Industry Experience & Years

13 years

Fun Facts

Owner and driver of a 24 Hours of Lemons endurance car

Corporate Support Team
Office Manager / Inside Sales
Relevant Certifications & Training

Instructor of Industrial Maintenance – Technical College, Sandler Sales Training

Industry Experience & Years
  • 20+ years of Industrial Sales
  • 10+ years of Industrial Maintenance
Fun Facts
  • College football fan, especially Clemson.
  • Visited 5 continents and 5 island countries.
Controller
Job Description

Maintain, manage, and analyze financial data

Relevant Certifications & Training

B.E. from SUNY Maritime

Industry Experience & Years

25 years of "on-the-job training" at Solution Services Inc.

Fun Facts

Started out as a Naval Architect at Newport News Shipbuilding in VA before Stone and I started Solution Services in 1998.

Safety & Compliance Manager
Job Description

Have an eclectic understanding of safety and can look at every and all aspects of safety relevant to any job site

Relevant Certifications & Training
  • B.S. Degree – Univ. of Oklahoma – Central
  • Competent Person in Scaffolding, Excavations, Fall Protection, Confined Space, etc.
  • Past CHMM (Certified Hazardous Materials Manager), CET (Certified Enviro. Safety Trainer)
  • Teach 37 different classes
  • Asbestos, lead, and mold certifications with experience in removing same
  • Past Paramedic (Navy Corpsman) with experience working in the back of an ambulance.
Industry Experience & Years

I have a B.S. Degree in Safety Management with a wide Range of Experience throughout all Industries:

  • Energy (Nuclear, Coal Fired Power Plants, Solar Fields, Wind Turbines, Cyclic Gas Plants, etc.)
  • Construction (Army Corp of Engineers, Military Bases, FAA Air Facilities, Commercial /Residential Builds, General Industry, etc.)
  • Military (3 years in Iraq helping to build FOBs / Camps)
  • General Industry (worked in the steel Industry for 3 years, General Manufacturing for 3 years)
  • I have built buildings from the ground up, and consider myself a seasoned tradesman — i.e. built my brother's dentist's office (clearing the land, laying cement footers, framing, roofing, drywall, electrical, etc.), built a couple of my mom's strip malls, etc.
Fun Facts
  • I am an active person
  • I scuba dive (have been to 6 of the top 10 dive sites in the world)
  • I like to parachute, ski, hunt / fish (been to New Zealand 2x’s for Big Brown Trout)
  • Have been to 64 countries & am on my 5th Passport
  • Have lived overseas since 2007 (Udon Thani, Thailand)
  • Have interesting friends /family who live in Amsterdam, Stockholm, London, Hawaii, etc.
Accounts Payable Coordinator

Charlotte Rodriguez

charlotterodriguez@ss-mec.com

Industry Experience & Years

18 years

Fun Facts

2006 was a very lucky year for me! The year started with winning a brand-new Lexus in a local raffle, then a vacation, and ended the year winning a 50/50 cash drawing.

Chief, People Department (HR Director)
Job Description

Responsible and accountable for all human resource-related functions, including (but not limited to): employee lifecycle process (recruiting, onboarding, termination, etc.), employee relations, training & development, employee engagement, and benefits management.

Relevant Certifications & Training

College degrees in Education and Leadership & Management; US Army Inspector General School; leadership training and experience through the Army

Industry Experience & Years

I’ve been doing HR work in the construction field since February 2022.

Fun Facts

Homeschooling family, like to cook, and seemingly own a small petting zoo.

HR Coordinator

Becca Weatherstone

beccaweatherstone@ss-mec.com

Job Description

As an HR Coordinator, I help with recruiting, interviewing, onboarding, benefit tracking, employee development, and offboarding. Bottom line, I love helping people.

Relevant Certifications & Training

I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Resource Management through Charleston Southern University.

Industry Experience & Years

1 year with Solution Services

Fun Facts
  • I speak three languages: English, French, Spanish.
  • I lived for sixteen years in Central and West Africa.
  • I enjoy hiking, camping, and good coffee.
West Columbia Team
Account Manager / Sales
Job Description
  • Meet with new and existing customers to ensure an enjoyable experience has been delivered during and after projects.
  • Help with viewing projects with customers and quoting projects.
  • Help and assist with the customer interaction process.
  • Assist Project Managers with projects/customer experiences.
  • Establish customer satisfaction and long-term relationships.
Relevant Certifications & Training

MSHA, TAPPISafe

Industry Experience & Years

Construction and finance background with over 26 years of experience

Fun Facts
  • Love weightlifting and exercising.
  • Played competitive men’s softball and traveled around the US playing in high-level tournaments. Love anything outdoor and sports-related.
  • VERY fun fact: I have a 19-year-old daughter – and two sons; one is 2 years old and the other is 1 year old.
  • I think donkeys and fainting goats are hilarious and I hope to have some on my own mini farm one day.
Mechanical Supervisor

Murray J. Jackson

murrayjackson@ss-mec.com

Job Description

To see that all are safe, got what’s needed to do the job (material and resources), relay information from leaders higher than me to the workers, take parts and equipment to different places as needed, and fill out paperwork for time, safety, and HR departments.

Relevant Certifications & Training
  • Welding diploma from Central Carolina Tech
  • NCCER certified plus pipe fitter #1149803
  • OSHA training in Construction Health, Safety & Environmental
Industry Experience & Years
  • 24 years working in industrial plant
  • Field supervision & management coordination
  • QA/QC background including NDE and bend testing of piping & test coupons
  • Start up and commissioning consultation between clients & general contractors
Project Manager
Job Description

As a project manager, I am responsible for helping to keep projects on a realistic timeline and budget. This involves selecting and leading a project team and ensuring I am aware of all details so you can keep a client up to date. I am also responsible for estimation, scope development, billing, and all day-to-day activities with the field crews.

Relevant Certifications & Training

OSHA 30, MSHA 48B, Equipment Operator, Rigger, Signal Person

Industry Experience & Years

27 years in Industrial Construction

Fun Facts

I love College Football and I am an avid Clemson Fan. I also enjoy boating and spending time with my family.

Construction Manager
Job Description

Assist the project manager with doing material take-offs, ordering
equipment & materials needed for the projects, making sure the job is staying on track, and working with the foremen on every job to make sure they have everything they need to successfully complete the job in a safe & timely manner.

Relevant Certifications & Training

OSHA 10, OSHA 30, MSHA, also a certified welder for 14 years

Industry Experience & Years

14 years

Fun Facts

I hunt and fish more than your average outdoorsman. My favorite sports teams are South Carolina Gamecocks, Dallas Cowboys, and the Boston Redsox.

Project Manager
Job Description
  • Directly oversee field installation of construction projects
  • Manage customer expectations, budgets, and timelines
  • Manage Solution Services personnel to ensure punctuality, performance, quality of work, and safety
  • Update Solution Services internal documentation to keep track of budget, change orders, manpower changes, quality reports, etc
Relevant Certifications & Training
  • OSHA 10
  • Degree in welding
Industry Experience & Years
  • Heavy industrial pipe fitting and welding – 15 years
  • Construction supervision – 5 years
Fun Facts

Have a collection of vintage mopeds.

WECO Branch Manager
Job Description

Responsible for Sales and Operational Excellence of the West Columbia Area

Relevant Certifications & Training

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Industry Experience & Years

Solution Services - June 2018 to Present

Fun Facts

Retired Submarine Officer – US Navy

Gaffney Team
Site Supervisor - NEG Lexington
Job Description

Oversee our 6-person crew for the maintenance contract at NEG Lexington. I also work with the crew when needed, quote small projects, order materials, etc.

Relevant Certifications & Training
  • OSHA 10
  • Forklift certification
  • Manlift certification
  • 4-year Ironworker Apprenticeship
  • High Angle Rescue Training
  • SMAW & FCAW Welding Certificaties
Industry Experience & Years

23 years of industrial maintenance & construction experience as an ironworker

Fun Facts

I traveled the country most of my adult life for work. Before joining Solution Services, I erected wind turbines for 6 years. I have a wife and 2 kids who I spend most of my time off with.

Mechanical Supervisor

Maxwell Bragg

maxbragg@ss-mec.com

Job Description

Oversee jobs, managing people and materials so that they are completed safely and on time.

Relevant Certifications & Training
  • Welding, pipefitting, millwright, and basic maintenance
  • Supervision training and various safety training
Industry Experience & Years

29 years total, 16 years of that in supervision

Fun Facts

Gunsmithing and precision shooting

Electrical Project Manager
Job Description
  • Manage electrical service projects
  • Provide estimates and budgets
  • Work directly with customers on projects
Relevant Certifications & Training

Started as an apprentice at a family-owned company and worked my way up.

Industry Experience & Years

Industry experience includes over 35 years in commercial and industrial electrical applications including marinas, schools, hospitals, processing and manufacturing plants.

Fun Facts
  • I have a 12 year old daughter who my whole world revolves around.
  • I enjoy being outdoors, biking & hiking, fishing & hunting, and experiencing new adventures.
  • I have served as a Fireman and First Responder.
Founder/Owner — Gaffney Branch Manager

B. Stone Crider

stonecrider@ss-mec.com

Job Description

Lead the sales and customer fulfillment effort of the local team

Industry Experience & Years

38 years

Fun Facts

Grew up sailboat racing and enjoyed it so much I decided to attend the Maritime College in NY and later worked on oil tankers that traveled between Valdez, Alaska, and California.

Mechanical Supervisor

Michael Ellis

mikeellis@ss-mec.com

Job Description

Maintenance foreman @ NEG Shelby, NC Plant

Relevant Certifications & Training
  • Diploma in Industrial Systems Technology, Cum Laude, Cleveland Community College
  • OSHA Construction Safety & Health
  • United Academy Rough Terrain Forklift Variable Reach Class 7
  • United Academy Aerial Boom Lift 3b Mobile
  • United Academy Scissor Lift 3a Mobile
  • Fork Lift Safe Operation Train The Trainer Compliance
Industry Experience & Years

For the past 22+ years, I have served in various capacities including Industrial Maintenance Electrician, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, and Industrial Maintenance Supervisor / Site Foreman.

Fun Facts

As of November 8, 2023, I am the 6-time livermush eating contest winner in the Shelby, NC area.

Account Manager / Sales

James "Jim" Fortner

jimfortner@ss-mec.com

Job Description

To bridge the gap between Sales and Operations to enhance our relationship with our current and future customers to ultimately increase the bottom line

Relevant Certifications & Training

OSHA Certified, Notary, BS Business Management, Associate Degree in Industrial Electronics

Industry Experience & Years

35 years in Sales for companies specializing in Construction, Engineering, Automation, and Electrical Distribution

Fun Facts
  • Father of 3 girls, 5 grandchildren
  • I enjoy mountain biking, running, and spending time with family
  • Grandfather had 3 girls, my father had 3 boys, I had 3 girls, my daughter had 3 boys…
Site Supervisor - NEG Shelby
Job Description

Manage on-site contract maintenance operations supporting NEG maintenance and production activities

Relevant Certifications & Training
  • LEAN Six Sigma green belt certification from Villanova University
  • MRO (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) certification from the University of Tenn
  • Universal refrigerant certification, AutoCAD, and OSHA-30
Industry Experience & Years
  • Aerospace Maintenance – 28 years
  • Director of Facilities and Campus Security – 8 years
  • Air Force instructor – 7 years
Fun Facts
  • I served nearly 28 years in the US Air Force and reached the rank that only 2% of enlisted personnel reach.
  • I have played in several world series of poker events.
  • One of nine children, I have 8 children and 8 grandchildren.
Millwright Supervisor
Job Description

Oversee mechanical jobs and ensure they are done safely and in a timely manner

Industry Experience & Years

10 years of field experience installing machines, welding, fabricating, etc.

Fun Facts

I enjoy riding my adventure bikes dual sports, and camping with my family.

Project Manager
Job Description
  • Ensure projects are executed in accordance with contract documents, design specs, standard engineering practices, and high quality.
  • Meet project schedule and budget by coordinating with designers and engineers.
  • Maintain project budget, cost/change order management, and work plan procedures.
  • Coordinate and monitor schedule updates, staffing needs, invoices, and submittals.
  • Develop a sequence of activities for contractors and direct subcontractors, and engage in the execution of planning and work procedures.
  • Effectively collaborate with others to deliver a quality product on schedule and within budget. 
Relevant Certifications & Training
  • OSHA
  • OSHA Train the Trainer
  • TAPPISafe
  • Procore Certification
  • DBIDS/NAVSEA/TWIC Government Contractor
Industry Experience & Years
  • 28 years of industrial and facility experience
  • 14 years of management experience
  • 10 years of Project Management and Cap/Ex experience
Fun Facts

I enjoy horticulture as a hobby. I’ve been a vintage car enthusiast for more than 33 years, owned many in the past. I’m married and love traveling. I’ve been able through work and my own, to travel to Europe such as Germany, Italy, Spain, and Austria. I’ve visited Mexico many times and all over the United States. Mid-Western states are my favorite. I enjoy cooking from scratch. I enjoy food from all over the world and cooking with my wife. Bike riding and hiking the mountain trails of South Carolina and Western North Carolina.

Project Manager

Michael Shane Shires

shaneshires@ss-mec.com

Job Description
  • Upstate Mechanical Project Manager over multiple discipline projects in chemical, paper, automotive, and fiberglass plants
  • Manage maintenance service agreements and contracts
  • Estimate, provide budgets, and deal directly with customers to provide solutions to their needs
Relevant Certifications & Training

Started as a certified pipe welder, I have experience in pipefitting, rigging, millwright, steel erection, and maintenance.

Industry Experience & Years

33+ years in heavy industrial construction

Fun Facts
  • Married 23 years, I have 2 kids; one in college and one a senior in high school.
  • I'm an avid trophy deer hunter and outdoorsman.
  • I enjoy skydiving when time allows.
  • I collect custom handmade turkey calls and antique Browning shotguns.