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Civil | STATE UTILITY CONTRACTORS INC.
The project includes dewatering the 10acre site as well as elevating the plant finish
grade by several feet utilizing 40,000 cubic
yards of import fill. The company is using
a sock-drain dewatering system, installed
by Phoenix Dewatering of Sanford, Fla., to
assist in lowering the subsurface groundwater elevation, thus permitting those
structures with subgrades below mean sea
level to be built.
State Utility Contractors maintains a robust safety program on all of its projects.
This includes regular site inspections by
the company's two full-time safety professionals as well as daily safety huddles and
regular training sessions. The company
has earned recognition from the state
OSHA branch as well as the Association
of General Contractors and the National
Utility Contractors Association for its safety programs.
"I would hope that our safety record
and quality performance distinguish us
from our competitors," Brown says. "Being
an ESOP company, our employees know
that having a safe work environment pays
dividends to each of them in the long run."
State Utility Contractors is actively tackling the nationwide challenge of hiring and
training qualified employees. The company
works with Labor Finders as a source to help
with trained workers. Labor Finders helps
State Utility Contractors meet its schedules
on projects during the many occasions the
contractor needs to ramp up its labor force
to accomplish certain tasks on projects.
"When we are looking for good trained
temporary help we call on Labor Finders to
furnish workers to help accomplish these
tasks," he adds.
Brown became the company's president in
November, succeeding retiring president
Bill Norwood, who will remain with the
company in a part-time advisory role in
2017. Previously, Brown, who has worked
with the company since its inception,
served as manager of its pipeline division.
He is one of three longtime State Utility Contractors employees to ascend to a
higher executive position this year. Steve
Brown, a 23-year employee, is now in Ron
Brown's former position as pipeline division manager; while Mike McLamb, who
has 27 years of tenure with State Utility
Contractors, took on the role of manager
of the company's treatment plant division
from Charles Morgan, who will be retiring
Ron Brown's goals for the company
included continued investment in new
technology such as computer-aided
construction equipment and tools, as well
as overall continuous improvement and
growth for its next generation of project
leaders and managers. "My vision is that we
continue to provide a great place to work
for our employees that allows them every
opportunity to provide for themselves and
their families while also providing great
quality projects for the communities where
we work," he says.
Labor Finders has enjoyed assisting State Utility Contractors with their staffing needs for 15
years! We have safely serviced over 130 of their projects, providing Flaggers, Laborers and Skilled and
Semi-skilled road construction workers. Our flaggers are Company Assessments, Training and Safety,
Inc. (CATS) trained and meet NCDOT requirements. All flaggers are sent with their Flagging Card, Class
3 Safety Vest, Orange Hard Hat, Whistle, Steel Toe Boots, Radio & Paddle, which meets NCDOT safety
standards. Established in 1975, Labor Finders is the country's oldest and largest privately held industrial
labor staffing franchise company in the United States. Labor Finders has received top honors in Inavero's Best of Staffing® Client competition presented by CareerBuilder for seven consecutive years since
its inception in 2010. Labor Finders operates almost 200 offices nationwide with a strong tradition of
leadership as the country's top name and resource in the business of temporary industrial staffing.
State Utility Contractors
maintains a robust safety
program on all projects.
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