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Feature Story - August 2005

Top 75 Specialty Contractors

Subcontractors continue slow growth as select markets improve

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This year's Top 75 Specialty Contractors ranking showed improvement, with revenue numbers continuing a slow rise. The list ranks contractors by their 2004 revenue.
Improvements in the market are evident in this year's Top 75 Specialty Contractors ranking, with many subcontractors maintaining or improving their revenue in 2004.


Bernhard Mechanical Contractors of Lafayette tops the mechanical contractors list, followed by EXCEL Group Inc. of Baton Rouge, Gallo Mechanical Contractors of New Orleans, FitzGerald Contractors Inc. of Shreveport and Airtrol Inc. of Baton Rouge.

The electrical contractors list is lead by MMR Group Inc. of Baton Rouge, followed by Industrial Specialty Contractors LLC of Baton Rouge, The Newtron Group Inc. of Baton Rouge, Plant Performance Services LLC - P2S Seco of Metairie and Westgate Inc. of Port Allen.

Additional breakout rankings target fabrication, roofing and painting, all of which had increases in respondents from the previous year.

The creation of the rankings. Louisiana Contractor defined specialty contractors in the broadest sense to include companies from all market sectors. As a result, the largest companies on the lists cater to the industrial market, since the highest volume of work (by contract cost) is in that sector.

During the formation of the database, Louisiana Contractor's staff communicated with the various local chapters of both the National Electrical Contractors Association and the Mechanical Contractors Association, along with the two major construction associations in the state: Associated General Contractors and Associated Builders and Contractors.

Each of these chapters was asked to develop a list of the largest specialty contractors in their areas or on their membership rosters. Louisiana Contractor staff also researched previous large projects bid within the last three years to add to the list, and consulted with known large electrical and mechanical contractors for their assistance.

The list was then faxed to these same organizations for review in hopes of pinpointing any companies that may have been inadvertently omitted.

For the purpose of ranking the contractors, we verified the following:

  • Revenue for calendar year 2004

  • Average number of employees (office and field personnel combined)

  • Name and title of highest ranking officer

  • Year company founded

  • Current address of company

    Other sources used to create the ranking include McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge, various economic development agencies and construction associations, and back issues of Engineering News-Record and Louisiana Contractor. Every effort was made to obtain accurate and complete company information, and the information was verified with contractors.

    We would like to thank the companies, associations and individuals that assisted us in this effort. Without them, these rankings would not be possible.

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