Jerry Cullison formed Cullison Builders in 1962. From 1962 to 1966 he concentrated on residential construction and various renovation projects.
Cullison Builders focused on commercial construction in 1966 with the Plantation Pancake House in Ocala, which later became the International House of Pancakes. After completion of this project, Cullison Builders phased out its residential interests to concentrate on commercial building.
The Mobile Home Manufacturing Plant for the Skyline Corporation, built in 1969, created an alliance with between Cullison Builders and Wright Construction of Elkhart, Indiana. This project, along with another Skyline Corporation Plant built in 1971, led to incorporation of Cullison-Wright Construction Corp. in March of 1973.
Cullison-Wright Construction Corp. has enjoyed steady growth in commercial and industrial construction, specializing in large senior living facilities, medical facilities, pre-engineered metal buildings (Varco-Pruden), banks, churches, and office buildings.
Jerry Cullison, CEO, purchased all interest in Cullison-Wright Construction Corp in 1978.
A Message from Jerry B. Cullison, CEO
Our family involvement in Ocala/Marion County goes back many generations, spanning over 100 years. My grandfather Jerry Burnett and his brother left their homes in South Carolina in 1894 seeking work. They got off the train in Ocala instead of Orlando – the city had been severely damaged by a recent fire. They correctly predicted there would be plenty of work rebuilding Ocala. The fire and subsequent rebuilding in non-flammable materials gave Ocala the nickname “Brick City”.
My great grandfather, Mr. Gamble, who came to Ocala from Canada in the late 1890s was a contractor who built homes in Ocala. One of the more notable homes was the Edward’s on S.E. 5th Street at Wenona. The Cullisons’ have a long history of construction.
Our family also has long-standing a history with Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, where I served on the Parish Council and chaired the Finance Committee; I continue to serve as an usher.
I have been a member of the Ocala Lion’s Club since 1964. I’ve served as President and as Chairman of the Hearing Aid Committee. I am also a member of the Elks Club.
My wife Virginia taught first grade at Ward-Highlands Elementary School for 39 years. My daughter Sandy Mansfield is an honorary member of the Ocala Junior Women’s Club. Her husband Barry is also a member of the Ocala Elks Club. My youngest daughter Sara Cullison was also an active member of the Ocala Junior Women’s Club.
Five generations of the Cullison family have enjoyed and supported Ocala. The best is yet to come.