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Companies based in the North Bay. Listed by specialty, then by size on Business Journal lists.
Commercial General ContractorsRoger Nelson
Midstate Construction Corp., 1180 Holm Road, Ste. A, Petaluma 94954; 707-762-3200; www.midstateconstruction.com; ’07 revenue: $92 million; 75 employees
John Winblad started Midstate in 1935, but Roger Nelson, 62, has been owner and president of the North Bay’s second-largest commercial general contractor since 1977.
Hot project types for Midstate are retail, hospitality, market-rate and affordable multifamily housing, commercial and industrial. Top current projects are Santa Rosa Junior College’s $30 million Bertolini Student Services Center, Marin Catholic High School’s $11 million Pope John Paul II Student Education Center in Kentfield and the college’s $8 million Pepperwood Preserve laboratory and classroom.
Construction cost inflation and environmental awareness are forcing builders to be flexible and innovative, according to Mr. Nelson. Part of the innovation includes having many on staff become LEED-accredited professionals, including Mr. Nelson.
“The sum of the cost and environmental challenges will lead the construction industry to build better buildings with longer-term cost efficiencies,” he said.
Wright Contracting, P.O. Box 1270, Santa Rosa 95402; 707-528-1172; www.wrightcontracting.com; ’07 revenue: $92 million; 35 employees
Paul Wright started the company in 1953, and it passed to Jay and Michael Wright in 1981. They passed management to Rick Grossmann, 49, in 2005 when he was chief estimator and had been with the company for 15 years. He earned an undergraduate construction management degree from Chico State University in 1983.
Areas of specialty are large public projects such as schools as well as wineries, office buildings, multifamily complexes, industrial facilities and hotels. Key current jobs are project management for the Petaluma campus and main campus student services center for Santa Rosa Junior College, collectively $103 million, and as designer-builder for Sonoma State University’s $48 million Tuscany Village student housing in Rohnert Park.
Troubles in residential real estate have heightened bid competition on public and commercial jobs, but tightened lending standards have stalled private projects that had been reinvigorated by lower bids, according to Mr. Grossmann. He worries that some of the eagerness of companies to win bids could lead to industry contraction.
Ledcor Construction, 466 Devlin Rd., Napa 94558; 707-257-5321; www.ledcor.com; ’07 revenue: $85 million (North Bay); 35 Napa employees
Vice President David James, 45, established Ledcor’s Napa office in early 2004, after eight years as vice president of what is now called Nolan Construction in Napa. Ledcor Group of Companies is based in Canada, has about 5,000 employees and had $2.2 billion in revenue last year.
The Napa office focuses on hospitality, light industrial and light commercial projects, some of which recently, namely the Meritage and Verasa Napa Valley hotels, have been among the largest in Napa Valley.
Top current projects are The Riverfront, a $49 million mixed-use building in downtown Napa and valley wineries Dana Estate and Futo.
Napa Pacific Inc. dba Nolan Construction, 1804 Soscol Ave., Ste. 203, Napa 94559; 707-963-3222; www.jnc-construction.com; ’07 revenue: $62 million; 80 employees