The Dialogue with Lonnie Hostin
This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 98th installment visiting with Lonnie Hostin, senior manager of DWC Construction, which is a go-to general contracting firm for creating commercial interior spaces.
Describe what the DWC Construction does. Whether you’re looking for a state-of-the-art facility to fit your team’s modern urban lifestyle, or a tasteful overhaul that gives fresh flavor to a vintage shell, DWC will get you there. Since 1947, we have partnered with some of the city’s top employers to build great places to work. Our combination of expertise, value, and dogged customer service keeps our customers coming back time and again. We put our customers’ goals (and budget) at the center of everything we do, which allows us to create an award-winning experience that is uniquely DWC. Our clients will quickly tell you that DWC creates an unmatched experience for every project we take on. From our high-level expertise to our emphasis on customer service, we’re fully committed to walking by your side to bring your vision to life.
How did you get started? We are a 70 year old company that started out in the drywall business, since then we have focused on interior systems in the commercial space. "We build great work places"
What is your background? I have over 30 years of construction experience, from labor, project manager, owner and director of operations. I joined DWC here in Knoxville area to help them develop this office.
Who is your mentor? I would say my father at a very young age took me a taught me how to work in the construction industry. He taught me a trade that could be used through out my life, even if I didn't go into the construction field. I take pride in my projects and ensure my clients are informed of the progress of the project along the way.
Describe your customers. We are focused on the commercial architects, developers, property managers, real estate brokers with clients that need retail, doctor, legal, and general office spaces that are expanding, remodeling, building from a blank space. We also work in restaurants, hospitals.
What impacts your business environment? We can help in both an expanding market or a shrinking markets because we provide a service that can reduce space, expand spaces or revitalize space to keep up with trends.
What do you enjoy about the construction business? I enjoy working with the various clients that we come in contact with. I enjoy getting to know each of them and hearing about their vision of the project and then working with them to accomplish these goals and visions.