Each year, ACIA presents the Chairman’s Award to an outstanding leader in the concrete industry. This year’s recipient is well-known throughout the state.
Heflin, Alabama native and small business owner Phil Webb has a passion for community development. His commitment to excellence has made Webb Concrete & Building Materials one of the most successful family owned businesses in the state.
Phil’s grandfather started a small hardware store on a main street of Heflin in 1945, Farmer Supply Co., which specialized in agriculture.
In the 1960s, Phil’s grandfather built a concrete plant by hand, which they used until 1970s. Phil’s father joined the family business right out of of high school, and when his grandfather retired in the late 1960s, his parents began running the store in Heflin.
When Phil graduated from high school in 1976, his father said to him “Phil, you and your brother (Ricky) can go to college, I’ll pay for it, but when y’all are finished with school the store is either going to be closed or sold. I’m retiring and moving to Florida with your mom. I’m ready to play golf.”
However, things changed quickly when his mother was diagnosed with cancer. Phil decided to forego college and started working for the family business in May of ’76.
In 1979, his mother succumbed to cancer, and his father moved to Destin.
After Ricky graduated from high school in ’79, he joined his older brother. Since their father had promised he would sell or close the store, the sons bought the company from him.
“I didn’t just want to have a store anymore. I knew we needed to grow.”
Phil and Ricky got a $16k loan, bought an acre and a half of land and built an office and concrete plant, which is the same location the company operates from today. In 1982, they changed the name from Farmers Supply Company to Webb Concrete.
Tragically, Phil lost his brother in 1999. However, he had purchased enough land in Pell City to open another plant.
They started out with just four trucks, and today they have ready mix concrete plants in Oxford, Pell City, Heflin, and Roanoke and building materials locations in Heflin, Oxford, Pell City, Centre, and Birmingham. Webb also has a Flooring division in Pell City and maintains hardware stores in Heflin, Pell City, and Centre.
Although he is well known for philanthropy, the quality most often attributed to Phil is that of having a servant’s heart, both in his community and within his company. He is involved in the day-to-day day operations of his company and develops personal relationships with employees.
When talking with Scott McCord, who has known Phil for more than 35 years, he said that Phil was, by far, one of the finest people he’s ever met, and his ability to run his business is just outstanding. He’s just an all-around great guy.
Also talking to another close friend of Phil’s, John Morris, “I’m in awe of Phil. I’ve known him since 1980, both youngsters. I remember Phil as the guy working at his family hardware store. There’s so much I could say about him… He leads by action. Phil is such a hard worker. Number one, he is the rock for this county. He does so much for charities, and his real passion is simply making people happy. He gets no better satisfaction than pleasing others, and I don’t know anyone who can do it so well.”
To that end, Phil serves on the board of directors for many organizations, currently to include Alabama Power, Calhoun County Home Builders Association, JSU Foundation, JSU School of Business and Industry and Board of Visitors, Calhoun County Economic Development, NobleBank & Trust, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, The Donoho School, The Right Place and YMCA of Calhoun County.
Phil is a member of the Calhoun County Quarterback Club and Anniston Rotary Club. He is both a member and past chairman of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.
Additionally, Phil is chairman of the McClellan Development Authority and Knox Concert Series.
On the state level, Phil is Finance Chairman for the Alabama Republican Party and Chairman of the Board for the Greater Alabama Council Boy Scouts of America. He also serves on the board of directors for the Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Concrete Industries Association. An avid sports fan, Webb serves on the Selection Committee for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.