Charlotte, NC– March 4, 2020 – SouthWood Corporation has received Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) verification on behalf of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Charlotte-based provider of signage products and services received VOSB certification in January after a lengthy application process and thorough review of ownership and eligibility.
SouthWood pursued VOSB certification after clients expressed the importance of doing business with minority-owned companies. In fact, many of SouthWood’s clients require a percentage of contractors to have the designation.
“We value client relationships and are always taking the pulse on their needs and demands. When we learned of several client’s desire to support minority-owned businesses, we accelerated our efforts to receive VOSB certification,” said John Petrone, President and CEO of SouthWood. “I am proud to be American-made and veteran-owned. This designation will be beneficial to our team members and clients alike.”
To receive veteran-owned status, the business must be owned by a veteran with at least 51 percent ownership and he/she must also be in control of management and day-to-day operations. After serving as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps from 2010-2015, Petrone purchased and became President and CEO of SouthWood in 2016.
SouthWood’s VOSB verification comes at the start of a monumental year for the company; SouthWood, together with its nearly 60 team members, will celebrate 50 years of business this November.
About SouthWood Corporation
SouthWood Corporation offers full, turnkey services for all of your signage needs. Its full-time designers and highly experienced planning and sales staff work hand-in-hand with its build team and installers, allowing customers to expect more continuity, resulting in a superior product. For more information, visit www.southwoodcorp.com.
Director of Business Development
When we think skill and precision, we think Sam. Maybe that’s because he’s been working at SouthWood for over 30 years, maybe because he’s an expert at what he does, or both. He’s the go-to guy in the vinyl department that processes vinyl letters and digital prints and applies them to various substrates. Sam likes fishing on his boat and landscaping. He was also an avid karaoke singer in his youth.