In the last 130 years, it is astronomical how much the world has changed. Companies have reached the highest levels of success and completely disappeared, and the amount of technology that has been invented and reinvented has transformed every industry and marketplace. But one thing that has remained for the last 130 years is Clarkson Construction Co. The Kansas City, Mo., company has learned to adapt to the market and new needs of the industry, creating continuous growth and success.

In the paving business, there’s no substitute for doing the job right. A company may have all the most advanced equipment, multiple locations studded throughout the region and virtually limitless financial backing, but if it doesn’t perform up to the customer’s standards, it can’t expect to be around for too long. Getting the job done right and paving with a high degree of quality requires having the right people in place who are dedicated to their work and value building a strong reputation for their company.

Alaska Interstate Construction (AIC) LLC says its success is based on a professional approach and maintaining close working re­lationships with clients. “We pride ourselves on our flexibility and responsiveness,” the company ex­p­lains. “We have the people, knowledge and experience that enable us to execute a full range of projects from the very small to major world-class developments.”

At Wright Brothers Construction Co. Inc., the employees know that being flexible and able to adapt comes with the job. When heavy rains flooded several cities in Tennessee in May, causing railroad tracks to unearth, Wright Brothers made sure its 300-plus fleet of equipment was ready to respond. The team removed mud and water and re­placed it with solid earth to support the tracks and get Tennessee’s railroad system back in business.

Westwind Contracting’s experience in civil contracting is helping it find work during the recession. “We do pretty diversified work,” Executive Vice President Robert A. Parks III says. “Some people just build roads, some just go underground – we try to do it all.”

With competition for more traditional civil construction jobs at a high in its home market in California, Valentine Corp. is instead building a reputation as a company willing to take on tougher work. “Our motto is if it’s difficult or unusual, it’s for us,” President Bob Valentine Jr. says. “We want something challenging that requires a lot of est­imating creativity, engineering and planning to build.”

You’ve had a long exhausting flight, but you’ve finally arrived at the airport. You run the gauntlet of getting your baggage, and now you’re standing on the curb waiting for the rental company’s shuttle bus. You see a shuttle bus in the distance, and your hopes rise, only to be dashed when you see it is for another rental company. You wait a while, and you see another shuttle bus in the distance, but it isn’t yours, either. This process is repeated approximately 15 times until the 16th shuttle you see, which you pay no attention to, arrives – and it is yours.

There are many paving companies, but few set themselves apart like Rabine Paving and the Rabine Group. CEO Gary Rabine says the Schaumburg, Ill.-based group has pushed itself to be world class, which not only includes paving, but also roofing, fuel distribution and other services. “If you are passionate and you want to be the best in anything, today’s informational world makes it possible,” he declares.

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