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Civil | STATE UTILITY CONTRACTORS INC.
State Utility Contractors prides itself on
maintaining close relationships with employees,
vendors, subcontractors and clients.
STATE UTILITY CONTRACTORS' ENTIRE TEAM PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ITS SUCCESS. BY JIM HARRIS
he slogan painted on each of the
trucks operated by State Utility
Contractors Inc. sums up the
company's philosophy succinctly: "Quality in Action." For the company,
maintaining a high level of quality on its
projects begins with the people operating
the equipment and driving the trucks.
"We follow the philosophy that you
cannot build quality projects without
quality people. We have many long-tenured
employees who have high morals and are
very ethical," says Ron Brown, president of
the Monroe, N.C.-based heavy civil contractor. "We empower our employees to make
crucial decisions in the execution of their
work and hold them accountable. This allows
them to take ownership in what they are
doing, because they always know that upper
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management has their backs when it comes
to defending the decision that they made."
Each of State Utility Contractors' employees has a literal stake in the company's success, as the company since 2008 has been
100 percent employee-owned through an
employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). The
company was established in 1985 following
the sale of the utility construction division
of Dickerson Group, a Monroe-based general contracting firm.
State Utility Contractors specializes in
water and wastewater treatment plants,
water/sewer pipelines and infrastructure
construction in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
In addition to its tight-knit internal
culture, the company also prides itself on
maintaining close relationships with ven-
dors, subcontractors and clients. "We would
not have the success we have had for 30plus years without the contribution of our
subcontractors and suppliers," Brown says.
"We strive to help our subcontractors be
State Utility Contractors Inc.
* Revenue: $50 million to $60 million
* Headquarters: Monroe, N.C.
* Employees: 175
* Specia y: Heavy civil construction
"We are very proud at in 30
years in business we have never had to go to litigation wi
any owner wi whom we have
worked." - Ron Brown, president