Getting your bonding capacity to grow is something like establishing credit – you can’t get it unless you’ve got it, and if you don’t have it, you can only get it if you have enough money that you don’t need it. That is the situation in which start-up companies find themselves, and for the family-owned Cruz Enterprises, its bonding capacity is increasing slowly but steadily. Managed by President Denise Cruz Serpico and her siblings – brother Evaristo, who is vice president, and sister Tracy, who is secretary/treasurer – the company is looking to expand.

Already known as the go-to cement producer in Chihuahua, Mexico, for several decades, Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC)’s strategy to venture north proved to be one of the best business decisions it has ever made, GCC America Inc. President Enrique Escalante says. 

When ECM International President Tomas Cardenas, P.E., founded the El Paso, Texas-based company in 1983, his vision was to establish a construction consultation organization that put the interests of its clients before its own. This selfless philosophy has inadvertently worked to the benefit of ECM, for it has grown to become one of the largest consulting firms on the United States and Mexico border.

The first phase of a major infrastructure project in the heart of Seattle is underway. General Contractors Skanska USA started work in July 2010 on a portion of the Alaskan Way viaduct replacement program, a $3.1 billion project running along State Route 99 through downtown Seattle.

For more than a year, Green Springs, Ohio-based Miller Cable Co. has been installing an intelligent transportation system (ITS) at 206 locations across seven counties in northeast Ohio for Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) districts 3, 4 and 12. The $18.2 million project, which is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be completed in September 2011 after 24 months of construction.

The best landmarks in the world are those that can withstand the test of time, but the only way to build an enduring structure is to have a solid foundation. A solid foundation requires the expertise of a solid contractor that is unmatched in the industry with regard to quality, professionalism and experience. McKinney Drilling Co. has provided clients with quality foundation services for more than 75 years.

As a project manager for 13 years at Charles Blalock and Sons Inc., Chad Woodroof has rarely seen a project his company can’t handle. Although stubborn, rocky soils might be a barrier to some construction contractors, Blalock and Sons can excavate, blast and pave its way to a successful job completion.

For President Steve Barrs, C.A. Barrs Contractor Inc. has not only been a business, but it also has given him the satisfaction of watching personal growth among employees. “I’ve enjoyed the people that I’ve worked with, and I’ve enjoyed seeing people grow in their careers,” he says.

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