Today, Brayman Construction Corp. is a large general and specialty geotechnical contractor based out of Saxonburg, Pa.; but the company has not always been this way. In 1947, George Brayman began the family business. He and then his son-in-law operated the business until January 1993, when Steve Muck purchased the company. At the time, Muck says, Brayman was doing about $7 million worth of business annually; a figure that has grown roughly 30 percent each year since Muck, president and CEO, took over. 

When Ready Cable Inc. founder Bob Lemke started the company in the early 1980s, he was inspired to design a unique company offering a variety of services not found in other businesses of its kind. “He noticed an opportunity to provide improved service and product capabilities to concrete contractors, and founded the company more than 25 years ago for that purpose,” says President Paul Lemke.

In the United States, buildings more than 200 years old are considered extremely old and located mainly in the original colonial cities and settlements. By contrast, in Europe, structures built 400, 500 or even 600 years ago still stand. Many are seen as national treasures that demand extreme care from those building or excavating nearby.

As hurricane season approaches, communities in southeastern Louisiana look to protective barriers to help weather the storms. The state’s Terrebonne Parish is home to Lake Boudreaux, which tends to flood from the east due to erosion from saltwater. Over the years, the lake has turned into a massive area of open water behind, threatening surrounding communities such as Houma, Ashland, Chauvin, Grand Caillou and Dulac.

Infrastructure and heavy highway construction in the Washington, D.C., area is an extremely competitive industry, particularly for the electrical contractors associated with it, but Laurel, Md.-based Chesapeake Electrical Systems Inc. (CES) has a key advantage, Vice President Tim Harlow says. “We’re a 100 percent union electrical contracting company,” he asserts. “As far as infrastructure and heavy highway are concerned, there is very little union competition.”

Since 1970, Bomel Construction has offered its expertise in cast-in-place concrete construction to a wide range of commercial and public clients across the western United States. Specializing in design/build parking structures, the firm has grown in both project scope and revenue to become a major player in California and Nevada. Based in Anaheim Hills, Calif., the company staffs satellite offices in Las Vegas; Carlsbad, Calif.; and Seattle to better serve its regional clients.

Contractor R&L Brosamer Inc. will resume its work on the reconstruction of a portion of Interstate 80 running through the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 2011. The Walnut Creek, Calif.-based heavy civil construction firm is working on one of eight concurrent construction projects launched by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) last year. R&L Brosamer’s project – valued at $56 million – involves reconstructing 3.6 miles of severely damaged westbound roadway and 6.1 miles of eastbound road.

R.H. Moore Company Inc. isn’t afraid to tackle difficult underground water and sewer excavation and installation jobs. “We specialize in large-diameter, deep excavations,” Vice President Kevin Moore says. “That’s what we try to pursue; it seems we excel at tougher jobs.” The Murrells Inlet, S.C.-based company is one of the largest underground utility contractors in South Carolina, serving its home state as well as North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

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