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Bobcat Contracting LLC Civil | BOBCAT CONTRACTING LLC • 2012 revenue: $70 million • Headquarters: Hillsboro, Tex as • Employees: 370 • Specialty: Pipeline and fabric ation, site and heavy instrumentation civil, and electrical and “Our niche market has been working on pipelines.” -Roy M “Marc” Young, own er/president Still on the Grow CENT AL SOU H- R N owadays students head to college with laptop or tablet computers and smart phones, but when Roy M. “Marc” Young went to Texas State University in San Marcos from his veterinarian father’s farm, he took the family backhoe to make some extra money. After graduation, when he received his first paycheck from an insurance company, Young realized he could make more money in a few days with his backhoe. So it was back to the backhoe and a one-man business. Twenty years later, that one-man business has grown to employ more than 350 people centering on live pipeline maintenance and new construction for the energy industry. “We’ve been very lucky,” declares Young, who is Bobcat Contracting LLC’s owner and president. “We’re one of the largest employers in our county. We’re located in a small farming community in central Texas, yet the quality of our labor force is just unbelievable. So many of our young people leave for college, but wind up returning because they want to live in a small town.” Bobcat’s controller, John Gerik, is an accountant. Lee Sanders, a lawyer who grew up in the area, joined Bobcat Contracting from a position as the assistant county attorney and has been successful as a pipeline superintendent. Four employees still with Bobcat T BOBCAT CONTRACTING IS A MAJOR EMPLOYER IN HILL COUNTY, TEXAS. BY RUSS GAGER FO US C Contracting were hired the same year the company was founded. Keep It Moving Bobcat Contracting has three divisions that provide pipeline and fabrication, site and heavy civil, and electrical and instrumentation work for the oil and gas industry. Young estimates the civil and electrical divisions each are responsible for approximately 12 percent of the company’s work, and the pipeline division accounts for the rest. The company’s projects include pipeline construction and maintenance, terminal and tank farm construction, horizontal directional drilling and hydrostatic testing. Bobcat Contracting’s growth has averaged 27 percent annually since its founding, and last year, it was named business of the year by the Hillsboro Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are primarily a midstream contractor,” « Bobcat Contracting has three divisions that do work for the oil and gas industry. Young explains. “Most of our work is for major oil and natural gas companies.” The pipelines – many of which were installed at shallow depths with used pipe during World War II – carry refined products such as gasoline and diesel from refineries or natural gas from compressor stations to distribution terminals throughout the United States. Some pipelines are coated in asbestos and vary in length of pipe sections, quality, depth and even diameter. “Most of the work we do is on live lines,” Young continues. “They’re running at maximum capacity, and everyone wants to keep them going. Our niche market has been working on in-service pipelines, repairing and rerouting them. It’s been a good market for us – it doesn’t boom and bust so much.” Many energy general contractors are working in the booming oilfields instead of on midstream pipelines. “It’s so hard to initially gain the trust of and work for a pipeline company,” 173 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - January/February 2013
Case Studies
Best Practices
Business Management
Green Construction
Construction Materials
Consigli Construction – Wat Nawamintararachutis NMR Meditation Center Thai Buddhist Temple
The Michaels Organization – University Student Living
Clark Builders – The Mustard Seed
JC Beal Construction Inc.
Plaza Construction – ENV
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Batson-Cook Construction – SkyHouse Orlando
Billingsley – Cypress Water Dallas
Jon M. Hall Co.
Pratt Homebuilders
John Moriarty and Associates – Charlesview Residences at Brighton Mills
Daikin America – Plant Expansion Project
Morton Buildings
MSI General Corp.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures
TOPCOR Companies LLC
Coatings Unlimited Inc.
Brencal Contractors Inc.
Del’s Construction Co. Inc. – Cambria Production Facility Expansion
Paric Corp.
Archer Western – Consolidated Courts Complex
Tishman Construction
McCarthy Building Cos. – Mercy Hospital Joplin
University of Maryland Medical System – Trauma Center Expansion
Swinerton Builders – San Joaquin Community Hospital Cancer Center
The Lemoine Company – Lafayette General Medical Center expansion
L.F. Driscoll – Temple University
P. Agnes
FIP Construction Inc.
National Lutheran Communities and Services – The Village at Rockville
Carothers Construction Inc. – Special Operations Command South Headquarters
The Hillman Group
Taylor Woodstone
Tooz Construction Inc.
Woolley’s Classic Suites
Structure Tone – Novo Nordisk Inc. North American headquarters
Gilbane Building Co. – Potawatomi Bingo Casino hotel
Pacific Building Group
Denark Construction – Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Events Center
Traylor Bros. Inc.
Bobcat Contracting LLC
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Union County and KemperSports – Galloping Hill Golf Course Clubhouse and Learning Center
E.L. Robinson Engineering
INDOT: 1-69 Corridor
Palmetto Corp
Monroe Tractor
Wood's CRW Corp.
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