Construction firm continues evolution with arrival of industry veteran Sam Smith
Yeargin Potter Shackelford (YPS), which says it is one of the upstate’s top construction companies, is changing its name to Yeargin Potter Smith, effective immediately. The name change reflects the company’s evolution and team growth while acknowledging its history of quality construction that dates back to 1919. The company, also known as YPS, provides general contracting and construction services for industrial, commercial and multi-family residential projects throughout the Southeast.
The new name reflects the addition of industry veteran Sam Smith to the Yeargin Potter Smith family. Smith joined the company in 2014 and brings more than 25 years of construction and project management experience. Previously a president and stockholder at Triangle Construction, Smith is executive vice president and partner at YPS, sharing ownership with president and CEO Lynn Yeargin.
“Sam’s arrival has brought a swift and positive boost to the project diversity of our company,” said Yeargin. “His expertise with multi-family projects and relationships throughout the Southeast are a perfect complement to our reputation for strong industrial and commercial work in the region. We are excited about the promising future of Yeargin Potter Smith with Sam on our team.”
YPS was created in 2004 through a merger between Yeargin Construction and Potter-Shackelford Construction. Both companies are known for historically significant projects throughout the Greenville community, including Lewis Plaza, Greenville High School and the former Chamber of Commerce building on Main Street. Since the merger, YPS has completed many notable projects including Caine Halter YMCA, AMECO Office, Sterling Elementary-Charles Townes Center and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville. Other significant projects include manufacturing plants for ABB (Huntersville, N.C.), Magna (Knoxville, Tenn.), Nexans (North Charleston, S.C.) and LSP Automotive (Union, S.C.).
Smith has already made an impact on the diversification of the company’s capabilities. YPS is providing contracting services for two high-profile multi-family developments in downtown Greenville: Main+Stone Apartments at the corner of North Main Street & Stone Avenue and LINK Apartments West End, at the intersection of River and Rhett streets.
“I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for Yeargin Potter Smith,” said Smith. “No matter what the project, our team provides unparalleled pre-construction services that help our clients consistently complete their projects on budget and on time. We look forward to working with developers, manufacturers and subcontractors across the southeast who share our appreciation for superior quality.”