The following are the largest commercial general, general engineering, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, solar, and landscaping contractors in the North Bay, based on their ranking on Business Journal lists in the past 12 months. The companies are listed in the order they appeared on the lists. (Click here to view the photo gallery.)Commercial General ContractorsMark Davis
Wright Contracting, P.O. Box 1270, Santa Rosa 95402; 707-528-1172; www.wrightcontracting.com; ’09 revenue: $80.0 million; 30 employees
Mark Davis has been working at Wright Contracting for 26 years and was promoted from vice president and operations manager to president in early 2009.
Paul V. Wright started the company in 1953, his sons Jay and Michael Wright joined the company in 1981, and they transitioned management of the family-owned company to others in the company starting in 2005. Wright Contracting ranked as the largest commercial general contractor in the North Bay, based on 2009 revenue.
The company has been a major player in winery construction. Its largest recent project is the $18.5 million Santa Rosa Junior College Culinary Arts Center.Contractors have seen the best and the worst in a battered industry
Read how the top general and specialty contractors have remained on top as a number of sectors of the construction industry have contracted significantly in the past four years.Roger Nelson
Midstate Construction, 1180 Holm Road, Petaluma 94954; www.midstateconstruction.com; ’09 revenue: $68.0 million; 50 employees
Roger Nelson, 64, has been owner and president of Midstate for 33 years. John Winblad started the company 75 years ago in Arizona and reopened it in Sausalito in 1946 after service in World War II.
Mr. Nelson has degrees in economics, civil and industrial engineering, and construction management. He also is a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, or LEED AP.
Ranked as the second-largest commercial general contractor this year, Midstate has tackled large multifamily residential, retail, office, industrial, hospitality and mixed-use projects in Northern and Central California.
The company’s largest recent project is $30 million in work on Santa Rosa Junior College’s Bertolini Student Services Center.Jeff Luchetti
Jeff Luchetti Construction, 70 Stony Point Road, Ste. D, Santa Rosa 95401; 707-527-5788; www.jlcbuild.com; ’09 revenue: $62.0 million; 35 employees
Jeff Luchetti started his company, commonly known as JLC, in 1998 after several years at Midstate Construction of Petaluma.
Since then, he has diversified the operation, ranked as the third-largest commercial general contractor this year. JLBuilders builds custom homes, and JLModular constructs permanent and movable buildings for schools, hospitals and correctional facilities.
The largest recent project is a $23 million school in San Leandro. The company also has undertaken high-end wineries such as DuMol and soon-to-be-built Marcassin, both in Windsor.Craig Nordby
Nordby Construction, Nordby Wine Caves, Nordby Signature Homes, 1550 Airport Blvd., Ste. 201, Santa Rosa 95403; 707-526-4500; www.nordby.net; ’09 revenue: $40.0 million; 45 employees
Craig Nordby, 39, moved up from president of the family companies to president and chief executive officer in June, when his older brother Wendell “Del” Nordby III left the company.
In 1978 their father, Wendell Nordby Jr., started the construction company, and it grew to become one of the largest commercial general contractors in the North Bay, ranking No. 4 this year. The company diversified into construction of homes and boring caves for vintner and personal wine cellars. The brothers assumed management of the family business in 2006.