WSC Specialty Contractors

The WSC Specialty Contractors Story

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I’m Scott Cleverley, founder and co-owner of WSC Specialty Contractors. I started in the construction industry over 30 years ago designing and building outdoor structures such as pergolas and gazebos. This lead me into the opportunity to be one of the first general contractor in the state of Utah to build log homes for Timberline Log Homes.

I then moved into designing and building custom cabinets where I won several Parade of Home Show awards. These awards offered me the opportunity to build custom homes as well. Now with three of my sons, we specialize in outdoor living space, remodel, renovations, additions and custom homes.

The next generation is now ready to be trained into the construction trade. My sons have been working along side of me ever since they could hold a hammer. Sure they didn’t do much at this age. However, as they grew into teenagers and became more involved they learned the patience, skill and attention to detail which they now use to be true craftsman.

It use to be that in order to become a professional in most any career you would have to go through an apprenticeship. Those days are long gone except in a few of the trades such as lineman which is 7,000 hours of on the job training.

It is said that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in your given field. That is five years of full time work. My sons have gone through an apprentice type training and each have more than 10,000 hours of experience. Therefore, they understand the intricacies of construction. This is who you will have as hands-on foreman for your project.

Our sons grew up in a home where they were taught to earn their keep. They never received an allowance. Doing chores around the home was their pay for living there and having food on the table every day. If they wanted extra money to buy luxury items they would earn it by helping me on my construction projects. This was the beginning of their training process, not only for construction, but for life lessons ahead of them.

The experiences along the way have been educational, fun and fulfilling as a father. As mentioned earlier, I had the opportunity to be one of the first general contractors in the state of Utah to build log home for Timberline Log Homes. This project took place in Thistle, Utah.

I had two of my sons helping me, doing what work they could at the ages of about ten and eleven. They were stacking log ends and cleaning up around the job site. One day as we were working, there was a stranger that stumbled onto the project. He was not looking like he felt very well.

We went over and visited with him for awhile and I finally asked him if he was okay. He said he was, however, he had been bitten by a rattlesnake. As he unlaced his boots and pulled them down where we could see the two fang marks which were all swollen. He assured us that he would be okay and this was not the fist time he had been bitten. This experience taught the boys perseverance and to work through physical challenges. Of course I also let them know that there was also a time and place for the correct medical attention.

As the boys entered their mid teenage years they traveled with me to Mount Pleasant, Utah to help install some cabinets. Because of the distance we needed to install the cabinets in one trip. We left early in the morning and got to work.

The home owners were on the job and watched us all day. They would comment about how impressive it was to watch teenagers work with such skill and dedication, never losing focus on the end goal. As we wrapped the project up and was ready to leave at 2:00 a.m. the home owners told them what a thrill it was to watch them work with such determination and gave each of them a $100 bill. What a lesson to show how hard work pays off.

A lesson for dad: about ten years ago I was in an auto accident. It didn’t keep me down for long, however, it did require a little medical attention as I moved forward. One day I was on a job with my eldest, Shannon, and I had to leave to go to the doctor. I was nervous to leave because we were running tight on our deadline. But I had to go. I took Shannon outside and told him I was going to show him how to cut and install crown molding. He looked at me and said, “ you don’t need to show me, I’ve been watching you for years and I know how to do this.”

I left with some hesitation, upon my return, to my amazement and excitement, the crown molding was completely installed and was done perfectly. At that point, I learned that it was time to let go of the reigns and let the boys run. They had learned not only how to work the equipment, but had also picked up my attention to detail and may even be better than I am.

The WSC Specialty Contractors family looks forward to serving you with your project.