Here are our 2019 Contractor of the Year finalists

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Updated Jan 17, 2019

Equipment World Contractor of the YearEquipment World has named its 2019 Contractor of the Year finalists, ushering in the 19th year of the program.

Each year, the editors of Equipment World vet Contractor of the Year applications from across the country, examining each contractor’s references, business acumen, equipment management practices, attention to safety and community involvement.

The program, which recognizes contractors who have annual revenues of between $3 million and $15 million, has been sponsored by Caterpillar since its inception in 2000.

Each finalist will be honored during the Contractor of the Year event, to be held March 1-4 in Las Vegas, and one finalist will be named our 2019 winner.

Here are our 2019 finalists, along with a few of the comments our editors received during the review process:


Todd Eichholtz and Bob Olson, A & A Paving Contractors, Roselle, Illinois

“They are head and shoulders above any other paving company their size. You see their trucks and they’re almost waxed. It’s going to be good to watch them grow and get bigger.”

Jason, Jami, Tyler and Mike Jackson, Deming Excavating, Deming, New Mexico

“They do outstanding work. They have a great attitude about getting things done when they need to be done and doing whatever is necessary to keep a completion date.”

John Kovacs, Diamond Construction, Brick, New Jersey

“I don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call John when I run into an issue that I’m not even sure how to solve. The quality of their finished product is amazing.”

Dean and Craig Evans, Evan’s Construction, Greentown, Ohio

“They do a knockout job. We went through three contractors before we finally got to Evans. We haven’t had any problems since.”

James K. (Ken) and Kellie Cooley, K-Co Enterprises, Piedmont, South Carolina

“When they work for us we get a lot of compliments on how well they performed their work — the quality, professionalism and willingness to help solve problems, and their ingenuity.”

Rita Lawrence, L & L Asphalt, Phoenix, Arizona

“L & L isn’t just interested in getting your business. They are always there to help value engineer options, and provide their expertise and experience.”

Don Logan, Logan Excavating, Rock Spring, Georgia

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“When we give them a schedule, they exceed it. They don’t mess around when they get on site. They get the work done.”

Michel Noury, Noury Construction, Coral Springs, Florida

“They are as good as it gets. If there was somebody to whom this is due, it’s Mike.”

Joseph Shrock, Shrock Premier Custom Construction, Loudonville, Ohio

“I can’t say enough positive things about them. Joseph loves his job and his company just keeps expanding. Wherever he goes, he seems to make it work.”

Robert and Joyce Oliver, Total Asphalt Paving, Washington, Michigan

“Through the lean times and the boom times, they have maintained their high quality. A lot of people know them for the quality of their workmanship and the type of jobs they produce.”

Jodee and Greg Huylar, Tri-Valley Construction, Yakima, Washington

“They could teach other contractors about how to maintain their equipment and have a solid safety program.”

Jim Davis, Jim Davis Sr. and Terry Davis, Whirl Construction, Port Monmouth, New Jersey

“They go above and beyond what is necessary to deliver great service and a quality product. Their employees exemplify honesty, trustworthiness and dedication.”