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Civil | BLOUNT CONTRACTING INC. F Solid Reputation ounded in 2000 by President Jerry Blount, Mesa, Ariz.-based Blount Contracting Inc. quickly has become a leading provider of quality earthwork, paving and asphalt maintenance services in Arizona. Blount brought several years of experience to his new company and embarked on a mission to improve the way the construction industry in Arizona operated, explains his son, Vice President Randy Blount. Blount Contracting started out with grading, paving, earthwork and asphalt. About two years ago, the company added an asphalt maintenance focus to help service the product it installs. “As the company matured, we’ve been able to have cash flow and capital to increase project size,” Blount remarks. Today, Blount Contracting is neither too big to complete a small project or too small to complete a big project, he says. Blount Contracting excels on a number of project types, including power plants, wastewater treatment plants, municipal facilities, K-12 schools, colleges and college housing projects. It bids with major area general contractors and construction managers, and enjoys working with other trades on a project. “From all the feedback we get, we have a good relationship with the general contractors we work with,” Blount says. “We are willing to communicate and resolve issues in a professional manner.” The company also enjoys strong relationships with its suppliers. “We are able to make sacrifices for each other when needing to accomplish a project,” he says. “We get it done on time and we get it done right to keep our clients SAFETY, QUALITY AND RELATIONSHIPS PROPEL ARIZONA-BASED BLOUNT CONTRACTING. BY KATHRYN JONES happy, even if it’s not always convenient to take a phone call at 6 p.m. or get to a job the next day.” Internal Strength With the economy in decline in recent years, Blount Contracting has seen tighter margins, but it still has been able to grow its revenue based on its reputation, Blount says. Now, the company is starting to see a slight improvement in the economy, and its work load and revenue continue to increase. However, since margins are still small, Blount Contracting sees this as an opportunity to improve its operations. The company has strengthened its internal communications to clarify everyone’s scope on the project and perform more efficiently. “We’re working within our company to increase communication and discuss better ways to work with vendors and general contractors,” Blount says. “There’s a short list of things that can distinguish a company in this industry. I believe that communication skills and fostering relationships of trust with your customers top that list. “Ultimately the end-product is out there,” he continues. “Regardless of who installs or constructs it, the client expects the same general end- »Blount Contracting has distinguished itself on power plant, municipal, school and other project types. 150 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011 “There’s a short list of things that can distinguish a compa ny in this industry.” –Randy Blount, Blount Con tracting vice president • Annual sales: $9.2 milli • Headquarters: Mesa, Ariz on . • Employees: 60 • Specialty: Earthwork, pavin g and asphalt maintenance Blount Contracting Inc. http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - October/November 2011
Energy Efficiency
Green Building
Executive Perspective
Best Practices
Bernards Construction – El Capitan High School
Bogner Construction Co. – College of Wooster Scot Center
Jean McClung Middle School
Hellas Sports Construction
The Walsh Group – NOAA Pacific Regional Headquarters
Haskell Co. – Scripps Proton Therapy Center
Robert A. Bothman Inc. – Stockton Unified School District
JE Dunn – Energy Systems Integration Facility
Rosendin Electric – AVUHSD Solar Project
Ratcliff Construction Company – Crossroads Church
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Flintco Pacific – Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility
Lee Lewis Construction – Angelo State University’s Plaza Verde Student Housing
Manhattan Construction – First Baptist Church of Dallas
Market & Johnson – Eau Claire County Courthouse project
McTech Corp – 97th Military Police Battalion Headquarters
Parkland Health & Hospital System
RBC Construction
Central Building and Preservation – Randolph Tower City Apartments
Scaparotti Construction Group
Trinity Properties – Trinity Place
Advanced Real Estate Services
Lawrence B. Wohl Inc./Wohl Diversified Services
TN Ward and Commercial Interiors – Maryland Live
ASX Construction – Parc Lafayette
Bayland Buildings Inc.
Dependable Mechanical Systems
New Dawn Developments
DSLD Homes
Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.
Cobalt Construction – Meta Housing
Lifestyle Communities
Pratt and Associates LLC
Miramonte Homes
MP J.J. Duffy Joint Venture/Pathway Senior Living LLC – Victory Centre Vernon Hills
Woodland Homes
Aecom/Inima Joint Venture – Hialeah, Fla., Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – Austin Water Treatment Plant No. 4
Pepper-Lawson Construction – Missouri City Surface Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – AWT Improvements
Blount Contracting Inc.
Harbor Offshore Services
Cruz Construction Inc.
Humble Construction
Nova-Con Projects Ltd.
Trimen Electric
EllisDon Corp. – Atlantic Region
EllisDon Corp. – St. Joseph's Regional Mental Health Care
Focus Equities
Intercom Services Immobiliers
George Brown College – New Waterfront Campus
Seaside Transportation Services
Last Look

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