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Civil | CLELAND SITE PREP INC. A Family Enterprise Cleland Site Prep serves the coasts of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. « CLELAND SITE PREP INC. OFFERS THE BENEFITS OF FAMILY OWNERSHIP. BY CHRIS PETERSEN s a multidisciplined site development contractor, Cleland Site Prep Inc. is responsible for making sure construction projects have firm ground to stand on. President Avery Cleland says it helps that the company stands on firm ground itself, thanks to its family ownership and involvement. The company was founded by his father, Jesse, in 1970, and he took over as president in 1984. Today, Avery Cleland’s children Lauren and Jared both work for the company and have spent practically all their lives in the construction business. “Some of the employees have seen my brother and me grow up,” Lauren Cleland says. Avery Cleland says the family dynamic adds an extra advantage to the company’s already-significant strengths in the marketplace. “[It gives us] a sense of continuance, and aggressive and consistent management of the business and relationships with the clients for 40 years now,” he says. Based in South Carolina, Cleland Site Prep serves the coastal area of the state, as well as Georgia and North Carolina. The company’s areas of expertise include utility work, concrete, clearing, grading and general earthwork, and it has the ability to self-perform the majority of that work. Although the company is licensed as a general contractor, it works as a subcontractor on larger jobs, and Avery Cleland says the company is comfortable in either role. “We like to be easy to use,” he says. As the company encounters some of the most challenging economic conditions in recent memory, Avery Cleland says Cleland Site Prep is working to remain competitive in a changing market and provide added-value to its clients. “We have some very serious competition in the industry,” he notes. Despite the challenges, Cleland Site Prep looks to be well-positioned to continue its traditions of family leadership and quality service into the next generation. “We’ll be able to step forward with a good game plan,” Lauren Cleland says. Cleland typically works as a subcontractor on larger-scale projects, but can work alone. « « Adding value for clients is how Cleland says it succeeds despite the economy. Cleland Site Prep Inc. • Headquarters: Bluffton, S.C. • Employees: 120 • Service: Site development Long-Term Relationships The foundation of Cleland Site Prep’s success always has been how it treats its clients, Avery Cleland says. “It would be our sense of commitment to a long-term relationship with our clients,” he says. Many of its competitors in the region are national companies with little presence in South Carolina or Georgia beyond a branch office, Lauren Cleland says. This is especially true now, as private contracts have been stalled due to the economy and more contractors are fighting for fewer jobs. She says its clients gain a sense of “We’re trying to get a balance so that even when the private market comes back, we’ll be better balanced.” –Avery Cleland, president CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM DECEMBER 2009 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - December 2009
2010 Construction Forecast
Special Focus
Product Showcase: Hand Tools
F&R Construction Group Inc.
Suffolk Construction: Met 2
Weitz Co.: Solaris at Crossroads
Chance Construction Co.
Allied Building Products Corp.
Bird Construction Co. Inc.: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Broccolini Construction Inc.: EDC Headquarters
CJ Pink Ltd.
Cobra Corporate Management Inc.
DDRM: The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
Q.B. Construction
T.N. Ward Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
REIG Capital
Blumenfeld Development Group & Forrest City Ratner – East River Plaza
Clark Construction: Michigan International Speedway
Morton Buildings Inc.
Triangle Associates Inc.: The Gallery on Fulton
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Walsh Construction: Mercy Corps.
Wasatch Advantage Group: San Tropez
Profitable Contractor
John W. Danforth Co.
Shore Environmental LLC
S.T. Wooten
American Civil Constructors Inc.
Archer Western: I-75/I-475 Reconstruction
Cleland Site Prep Inc.
Delaware DOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
International Construction Equipment Inc.
Kiewit Pacific Co.: SR 519 – Seattle Intermodal Access Project
Plaza Construction Corp.
B. Gottardo Construction Ltd.
Bergmann Associates: Walkway Over The Hudson
Craig Olden Inc.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co.: Ten- Mile Interchange
J.F. White
Malcom Drilling Co. Inc.
Mid Eastern Buildings Inc.: Southampton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Minnesota Department of Transportation: I35W Crosstown/ Urban Partnership
Nicholson Construction Co.
Papich Construction Co. Inc.: Route 46 Expansion Project
Tilcon New York Inc.: Interstate
Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd.
W.C. English Inc.: U.S. 321
West Electric Corp.
Industry Trends
Turner Construction Co.: Eastern High School
Gafcon Inc.: Carlsbad High School Modernization Project
DASNY: Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
University of Houston Student Housing
HDR Architecture Inc.
Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.
RA-LIN & Associates
Suffolk Construction: Boston Renaissance Charter School
Suffolk Construction: FIU School of International and Public Affairs
Swinerton Builders
Tower Construction: Huntington Memorial Hospital expansion
Absher Construction Co.: Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School
Bird Construction
Casey Middle School
Cedar Ridge High School
Clark: Lowell Reception Center
Gilbane/Banks Joint Venture: Coppin State University
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: FORSCOM/USARC New Headquarters
Shaw Construction: Mesa State College Student Center
Shiel Sexton: Butler University
SpawGlass Contractors Inc.: Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Parking Garage
Stuart Olson: New Edmonton Remand Centre
The Christman Co.
Turner Construction Co
Weddle Construction Ltd.
Construction Coach
Polimeni International
Greenpark Homes
Kite Realty Group Trust: Eddy Street Commons at NotreDame
Construction Law
Centerpoint Builders
Last Look: DANSY

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