Revenue Gains, Declines Split Among Largest Commercial Contractors

by George Waldon  on Monday, May. 28, 2012 12:00 am  

"School work is still good, but it's starting to slow down. I am seeing more private work coming on than I have in a long time."

Doug Wasson, president of No. 10 Kinco Constructors LLC of Little Rock, hasn't seen a change in the volume of business so far compared with 2011. He reports the company has four new projects in motion.

"We're getting ready to kick off a Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership for Steve Landers in west Little Rock, and we'll be renovating Hotz Hall back to dorms at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville," Wasson said. "We've started work on the Midsouth Community Wellness Center in West Memphis, and we're in the early stages of the Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts Center project in Little Rock."

Van Tilbury, president of No. 12 East-Harding Inc. of Little Rock, said his company remains on track for a good year.

"Our business has been growing, and we are actually in a hiring mode," Tilbury said. "I've been very pleased with the market, and that's in large part to our company getting involved in public-sector projects in 2007."

Sam Hollis, president of No. 17 Milestone Construction Co. of Springdale, said health care-related construction is picking up in the four-state region of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas where his company competes for business.

"Our region is still working through a surplus of retail and office," Hollis said.

He said more developers were returning to action after waiting and watching for favorable signs from the economy.

"I feel good about the direction we're going in 2012," Hollis said. "I think things will continue to improve on through to 2013."



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