Think Local, Think Minority

October 29, 2016

Pensacola News Journal:

Whether it involves prepping ceramic floors, disinfecting windows from bacterial residue or overseeing the work performance of 32 subordinates, each workday represents more than a paycheck for 25-year-old Darrien Grant, a black crew supervisor and technician at Pensacola construction subcontractor National Surfaces Inc.

Grant said his role at the company, a final cleaning services provider for construction projects, represents opportunity for his family: fiancee LaToyia Ammons, 26, and daughters Alianna Ammons, 7, and Ameriah Ammons, 2.

It means gas in the car, clothes on the back, groceries to cook chicken curry and string beans — the daughters’ current favorite — and food in the bowl for Jellybean, the family’s black Chihuahua mix adopted in July. Most importantly, it equals saving for a down payment on a house and relocating from their apartment by April, when Grant and Ammons will recite their wedding vows.

Grant started at National Surfaces in February. He has already progressed from entry-level supplies runner to cleaning technician to crew supervisor, a position which he said compensates him annually at about $24,000.

His most recent assignment was Marriott’s 132-suite SpringHill Suites in Orange Beach. But a forthcoming project could see him in the heart of downtown Pensacola, as part of a prominent, local company’s push to guarantee inclusion of the local and minority workforce in construction.

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