The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Friday, June 20, 2014

Top 400 list finds modest gains for U.S. contractors

By The Building Tradesman

“Despite market gains, firms remain cautious,” reads the headline on theEngineering News Record’s annual ranking of the top 400 contractors in the U.S. The list ranks construction contractors by their revenue in 2013.

Released last month, the ENR reports that overall contracting revenue in 2014 is up and that general contractors in some buildings and industrial markets are experiencing a rebound from the recent economic slowdown.

“Evidence of the market’s recovery can be seen in this year’s ENR Top 400 Contractors list,” the ENR said. “As a group, the Top 400 generated $324.16 billion in contracting revenue in 2013, an increase of 4.8 percent from 2012’s $309.45 billion. The figure is still below the record $338.38 billion in 2008 contracting revenue reported in our 2009 Top 400.”

There was no movement in the top four contractors in the nation from 2013 to 2014. They included No. 1 Bechtel of San Francisco; Fluor of Irving, Texas; Kiewet of Omaha, and The Turner Corp. of New York. Moving up to No. 5 this year was CB&I, The Woodlands, Texas.

Among Michigan-based companies on the list, the largest contractors were Detroit-based Walbridge (No. 42 in the nation with $1.3 billion in revenue, +3 spots on the list from 2013) and No. 49 Barton Malow of Southfield,  (+6 spots from 2013).

Other Michigan-based contractors on the Top 400 list included The Christman Co., Lansing (No. 138, +25); Rockford Construction, Grand Rapids (No. 197, +91); Commercial Contracting Group, Auburn Hills (No. 215, -26); Aristeo, Livonia (No. 268, +11); Wieland-Davco, Lansing (No. 303, -9); Pioneer General Contractors, Grand Rapids (No. 328, -8); Wolverine Building Group, Grand Rapids (No. 325, unlisted in 2013); Lamar Construction, Hudsonville (No. 355, -47);  and George W. Auch, Pontiac (No. 385, +3).

Conspicuous by their absence on the Top 400 list are Granger Construction, Lansing (No. 269 in 2013); Roncelli, Sterling Heights (No. 304 in 2013), and Clark Construction (No. 365 in 2013), which are all perennial mainstays on the list, but dropped out this year.