J.M. Wilkerson Construction Co., Inc. is a general contracting firm that specializes in complex projects which require advanced planning and teamwork between the Owner, Architect, Engineer and Trade Partners. Our success is a direct result of this collaboration, which focuses expertise and resources on the critical components of each client’s project.

JMW provides a wide array of services and has experience in many building types including, but not limited to, multi-family, historic renovation/adaptive reuse, industrial, tenant interiors, retail, institutional, transportation, hospitality, concrete, rail and environmental projects. Our mixture of commercial and heavy/industrial projects is unique in the Southeastern markets.

We take great pride in giving our clients more value than they expect, and to that end, dedicate ourselves to constructing the highest quality product available. Just as significant, are the relationships we develop along the way. We strive to establish a healthy, respectful relationship that will help us provide the highest level of service, which will continue in the years ahead. This philosophy has remained a consistent thread throughout JMW’s over 41 years in operation, allowing us to continue “Building for Generations”.

J.M. Wilkerson Construction Co., Inc.’s mission is to manage 
the construction process to ensure we give our clients more value 
than expected in Quality Assurance, Cost Control, Schedule, Performance, Working Relationship and Safety.

Jim Wilkerson


J.M. Wilkerson Construction Co., Inc., established in 1982 by Jim Wilkerson, provided tenant interior renovations before expanding into industrial, office, institutional and concrete work.  JMW’s steady growth is based on the continued commitment of Mr. Wilkerson and his employees to provide personal attention and exceptional service to each client.  Mr. Wilkerson takes pride in his organization and plays an active role in every project JMW undertakes.  This family-owned business works hard to maintain its quality and talented staff, many of whom have been with the company for over 20 years.

JMW’s President and CEO is Brett Hawley. Brett joined the team in 1994, moving from Kansas City, MO to Georgia. His extensive knowledge in heavy construction complemented JMW’s already broad experience base. Brett brought not only heavy civil and construction backgrounds, but commercial, hospitality and estimating knowledge, as well. Brett has helped the JMW team grow many new market sectors providing additional experience for future jobs.

JMW’s Vice Presidents are Austin Pruitt, Michael Travis and Chris Griffeth. Austin Pruitt has worked with JMW in various roles and is now the Chief Estimator. Pruitt’s knowledge of construction, estimating, and his ability to coordinate subcontractors makes him a valued member of the JMW Estimating Department. Austin works with both our Commercial Construction bids and Heavy Construction Departments and leads most estimating for JMW.

Mike Travis is the leader of the JMW Business Development department. He has been connected to the Design, Construction and Development industry for more than twenty-five years. As an architect graduating from the University of Oklahoma, he helped to execute and manage over a billion dollars in projects with teams like RTKL, Perkins Will and Smallwood Reynolds Stewart Stewart. His background in architecture, development and construction is critical to JMW’s pre-construction efforts and new business pursuits. 

As one of JMW’s most accomplished project managers, Chris Griffeth has worked on all types of projects and has been with the JMW team for over fifteen years.  Possessing many strengths in his management, Chris has become quite successful in the administration of HUD or federally funded as well as task order or on-call projects.  He has successfully completed multiple projects for the Atlanta Housing Authority, City of Atlanta as well as Federal and Military agencies.


  • The JMW commitment extends beyond the construction process. We strive to earn your trust. Trust is the foundation to all successful working relationships.
We perform our work with integrity. Our word is our commitment, and we never waiver from a commitment we make.
  • We take ownership of a challenge. Challenges are inevitable; therefore, we admit our faults and take corrective action to ensure a positive end result.
  • We work hard to exceed your expectations. This is our mission and our commitment to you.

JMW seeks long term involvement with our clients. Repeat business from satisfied clients is critical to our success. As partners in the construction process, we work together with clients to reach common goals.

Safety & Technology

Safety in all of J.M. Wilkerson Construction Co., Inc.’s operations is not only a company goal, but a requirement. We create a culture in which safety is a core value. Our commitment is to provide a safe and productive environment for everyone involved with our projects.


JMW is a technology-forward organization. JMW’s IT Department helps keep our project teams up to date with new and useful technology. JMW’s vision for technology is to provide its team members with the best resources and tools available to complete a project efficiently and successfully.

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