GCC was ranked #25 out of the Top 75 Greater Bay Area Contractors, and #26 out of the Top 50 Largest Bay Area Family-Owned Businesses by the San Francisco Business Times in the 2017 Book of Lists.
Ghilotti Construction Featured in Fortune and Entrepreneur Magazine as an Industry Leader
Engineering News Record ranked Ghilotti Construction #334 out of the Top 400 Contractors in the Nation!
Ghilotti Construction was presented the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for the Geysers Pipeline Project.
We are working in Davis, California, placing approximately 8 miles of pipeline.
Ghilotti Construction is featured in Sonoma Magazine’s January issue Faces of Sonoma County 2016, as The Face of Construction.
GCC is proud to have partnered with DPR Construction on the BioMarin Headquarters Project.
GCC and The dg Foundation will be the presenting sponsor of the American Icon Art Exhibit at the Sausalito Art Festival from September 5th-7th Continue reading
CALTRANS AND TRANSPORTATION PARTNERS CELEBRATE COMPLETION OF U.S. ROUTE 101 OLD REDWOOD HIGHWAY INTERCHANGE PROJECT. Continue reading
Engineering News-Record (ENR) ranked Ghilotti Construction #302 out of the Top 400 Contractors in the Nation!
The San Francisco Business Times listed GCC as number 21 out of the top 25 Largest Greater Bay Area Family-Owned Businesses! Continue reading
Ghilotti Construction was low bidder on 3 new projects in the past few weeks. Way to go estimating! Continue reading
GCC won the Conventional State Highway Project of the Year for Jameson Canyon HWY 12! Continue reading
Ghilotti Construction was low bidder on 5 new projects in the past few weeks. Way to go estimating! Continue reading
Ghilotti Construction was ranked as the Number One Commercial General Contractor by North Bay Business Journal. Continue reading
GCC was Ranked #36 in this years North Bay Biz 2015 issue of the Top 500 North Bay Companies. Continue reading
GCC was selected as one of the outstanding examples in the North Bay of corporate giving and community involvement, specifically for the Dino Ghilotti Motta Stadium and Field House. Continue reading
GCC was low bidder on the Mare Island bridge replacement project, and the Sonoma State “Weil Commons” project at the Green Music Center.
GCC will be performing demolition, underground and utilities, storm drains, curb and gutter, grading and paving for the new Loch Lomand subdivision.
Highway 1 reopened today ahead of schedule and the Muir Beach community thanks GCC! Continue reading
Drivers will soon be able to enjoy uninterrupted trips on on Marin County’s Highway 1 once Ghilotti Construction completes repairs on the serious damage caused by storms on December 11th. Continue reading
Sneak peak of GCC’s 100th Anniversary party at the Buck Institute of Research on Aging in Novato, CA
GCC was low bidder on the Milpitas Station Surface Parking and Roadway Project! Continue reading
The former stadium grandstand, concessions and storage buildings at the Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield were replaced and later dedicated as part of a tribute to Dino Ghilotti, son of Richard and Nancy Motta Ghilotti.
North Bay Business Journal announced the 2014 winners of its ninth annual Top Real Estate Projects in the North Bay awards and Ghilotti Construction took home four of them. Continue reading
GCC took home an award from the North Bay Business Journal for “Top Real Estate Projects in the North Bay” for our help in building the Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa.
GCC received a letter of recognition from Rohnert Park for an outstanding job on the Eastside Trunk Sewer Project Phase 2.
Hwy 12 Jameson Canyon Road was awarded No.3 of Top Ten road projects in 2014 in Roads & Bridges Magazine! Continue reading
GCC was low bidder on three projects this week! Hwy 128 Cloverdale, Ohlone College Utility infrastructure upgrades phase 2, and Hwy 128 Napa. Great work estimating and take off team! Continue reading
GCC was low bidder on Caltrans Highway 20 Lake County job! Way to go estimating and takeoff team!
For 100 Years, Ghilotti Construction has been a leader in the industry. Find out more about Ghilotti Constructions history of teamwork, solutions and excellence that has helped reshape Northern California.
GCC was low bidder on yesterday’s bid run for the Town of Danville- Hartz Avenue Beautification
Ghilotti Construction was awarded a project at Google Campus in Mountain View, CA. Campus improvements include grading, paving & site concrete! Continue reading
GCC was low bidder on 3 projects in the past two weeks: Mass grading and pond retaining wall at the new Silver Rose Four Seasons in Calistoga , Hwy 580 Ashland Area for Caltrans, and the Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve, phase 1 for the County of Sonoma.
Ghilotti Construction Companies commercial airing on ESPN and other networks. Continue reading
The state route 12/ Jameson Canyon road widening project has earned a No. 3 ranking on the 2014 Roads & Bridges Top 10 Roads list.
GCC was low bidder on two new projects this week, Mill Valley – Sausalito Multi-Use Pathway Roundabout at Bayfront park and Broadway Plaza
Airport Boulevard interchange ribbon cutting ceremony
GCC was low bidder on two new projects this week, Pinole Valley High School Hillside Stabilization and 01-0E4804 HWY 128 Mendicino Continue reading
GCC’s HWY 12 project in Jameson Canyon is getting some publicity about its’ beautifully crafted retaining walls.
Check out our article on Construction Global about GCC’s social media strategy. Click here.
Ghilotti Construction was low bidder on FIVE projects this week! Congratulations to everyone involved.
GCC had a great time last Wednesday at the Madden-Mariucci “Battle of The Bay” Charity Bocce Tournament Continue reading
Project manager Brad Barnes gives you the inside scoop on our project at Airport Boulevard in Windsor, California.
Ghilotti Construction is working in Livermore, CA on our largest project in GCC history.
A message from Pete Ruane, President and CEO, American Road & Transportation Builders Association. Continue reading
This year Ghilotti Construction has received two Gold, and one Bronze Partnering Success in Motion Awards . Continue reading
Ghilotti Construction Company was selected to receive the Business Journal’s inaugural corporate philanthropy award Continue reading
Check out our ad in the NorthBay Biz magazine that includes a testimonial from Michael Purvis, Chief Administrative officer at the Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa. Continue reading
Ghilotti Construction Company was ranked #33 in the NorthBay Biz Magazine of the top 500 North Bay Companies Continue reading
This is a Caltrans project on HWY 101 in Novato. This corridor is very congested with traffic, and currently GCC is constructing 4 miles of frontage roads in order for the future highway widening to take place. GCC is also widening an existing bridge, constructing new on and off ramps for both north and southbound directions. Continue reading
We are here in American Canyon California, widening the much travelled Hwy 12 between I-80 and Hwy 29, a major access road up to wine country. Continue reading
Our mechanics at Ghilotti Construction Company are dedicated to fixing machinery day and night to make sure our fleet is operating at full force. Continue reading
Come ride along with Ghilotti Construction Company’s project Manager, Kirby Bobo, in the second episode of “Adventures of Kirby Bobo”. Continue reading
Come ride along with Ghilotti Construction Company’s project Manager, Kirby Bobo, in another episode of “Adventures of Kirby Bobo”. Continue reading
Ghilotti Construction Company is working on a housing development in southeast Rohnert Park. Continue reading
Creating a Legacy of Progress From Stone Walls to Modern Super Highways
Managers and superintendents from Left to right: Willie Ghilotti, Rich Dericco, Tom Woosley, Rick Cohn, Sam Far Brian Ongaro, Mike Cossey, Jeremy Miles, Dan Bell, Jess Tod. T Truck left to right: Lee Engelke, Les McWilliams, Bobby Deering, Ralph Ardito Continue reading
Ghilotti Construction is working in Petaluma at the Deer Creek Village and Friedman’s Home Improvement Center. Continue reading
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Ghilotti Construction Company (GCC) is performing site work on the 25 acre campus – installing utilities, grading, paving, and nearby street upgrades. Continue reading
Get to know the President and CEO of Ghilotti Construction Company, Richard Ghilotti.
Ghilotti Construction company nears its 100th Anniversary!
Ghilotti Construction Company Named Top North Bay Contractor for 2012
Willie Ghilotti receives Facilities Manager Recognition Award for 2012.
Ghilotti Construction Company’s paves the way for a celebration on Castro Valley Blvd. Continue reading
Ghilotti Construction Company paves the way for a celebration for Santa Rosa’s Sixth Street Undercrossing.
Ghilotti Construction Wins $10.4 Million 49er Stadium Site Contract. Continue reading
Ghilotti Construction Celebrates it’s Annual Christmas Party Continue reading
Ghilotti Construction Company Named Among Top Commercial General Contractors
GCC’s Stacy Magill Recieves North Bay CFO Award. Continue reading
Posted: 08/04/2010 05:10:35 PM PDT
The Ghilotti Construction Co. name is already familiar to almost anyone who has driven on Highway 101 through Marin. But now the company is looking to extend its reach even further following its acquisition of North Bay Construction.Ghilotti has been involved in some of Marin’s largest construction projects, including the ongoing redesign of the connector between Highway 101 and Interstate 580 in San Rafael. In acquiring North Bay, Ghilotti has taken over a $48 million Highway 101 widening project between Cotati and Petaluma.
With the merger, Ghilotti has nearly doubled in size, with 420 to 550 employees depending on projects. Richard Ghilotti, president and CEO of Ghilotti Construction, will head the management team of the combined company.
“There are efficiencies, there are economies of scale,” Ghilotti spokesman Larry Kamer said of the acquisition deal. “We feel the combination of these two businesses puts together a very competitive and strong company.”
Industry observers said Ghilotti and North Bay were already on a short list of local firms that could compete for major projects, such as the upcoming $750 million Highway 101 widening project along the so-called Narrows between Novato and Petaluma. Now, that list has grown even shorter.
“When you’re talking about highway work or moving dirt, whether it’s for public works or private, there’s only a handful of names, and now you’ve turned two of them into one,” said Jeff Grady, board president of the Marin
Builders Association. “They’re going to be a force in that industry.”
Ghilotti and North Bay have worked on a range of projects, and observers said their combination will help them land an even greater diversity of work.
“It gives them more bench strength, if you will,” said Gene Ceccotti, president and CEO of Shamrock Materials, Inc., a major supplier for Ghilotti.
Ghilotti Construction has no immediate plans to close the North Bay office, and no layoffs have occurred as a result of the merger, according to Kamer. Future employment levels will depend on the amount of work available, Kamer said.
“Nothing is guaranteed in the construction business,” Kamer said.
North Bay was founded by John Barella and his wife, Andrea, in 1976, and its headquarters are in a 42,000-square-foot corporate complex in Petaluma. The company has worked on several Marin projects such as the 2005 construction of an overpass across Highway 101 at the Redwood Landfill north of Novato. Barella, North Bay’s CEO, will end his day-to-day involvement in the business and focus on real estate development, according to a statement announcing the deal.
Steve Geney, president of North Bay Construction, will join the Ghilotti management team.
Founded in 1992 and based in Santa Rosa, Ghilotti Construction has offices in San Rafael, Napa County and the East Bay. It is one of four North Bay firms tracing their roots to a single family company, which was started in San Rafael in 1914. The others are Ghilotti Brothers Inc. and Maggiora and Ghilotti Inc., both of San Rafael, and Team Ghilotti Inc. of Petaluma.
SANTA ROSA, CA (June 18, 2010, 12:00 Noon PDT) – Two of the Bay Area’s best-known construction firms – Ghilotti Construction Company (GCC) of Santa Rosa and North Bay Construction (NBC) of Petaluma – said today they have reached agreement to combine their business operations by the end of 2012. The transaction will be in the form of an asset sale, and the new company will bear the Ghilotti Construction Company name.
The deal assures the continuation of two locally owned, locally knowledgeable and successful firms, as well as the Bay Area jobs and investment they represent. Ghilotti has between 220 and 300 employees and North Bay has between 200 and 250 employees, depending on active projects.
Heading the combined company will be: Richard Ghilotti (63), currently president and CEO of Ghilotti Construction; Brian Ongaro (42), GCC’s senior vice president of operations; Ali Yazdi (53), general manager; and Stacy Magill (49), chief financial officer. Steve Geney (52), currently president of North Bay Construction, will join the Ghilotti management team. John Barella (62), North Bay’s founder and CEO, will end his day-to-day involvement in the business and turn his attention to area residential and commercial real estate development projects.
NBC’s most notable current project, the $48 million widening of U.S. 101 between Cotati and Petaluma, will be assigned to GCC. Other projects under contract by North Bay will be completed by North Bay and its existing dedicated crews and project teams. The company said it will bid no new work under the North Bay name. Effective today, all new projects of both existing companies will be bid as Ghilotti Construction Company.
“We’ve been fierce competitors for almost 35 years,” said Richard Ghilotti, “but John and I have always respected each other’s work, business sense and values. Our people know one another and have the same high standards and pride in their work.”
Added Barella: “When I decided it was time to pursue real estate development on a full-time basis, I wanted to be sure the company we had built would stay together and stay local. I didn’t think it would be fair to our people to make them part of an anonymous out-of-town company with no roots in our community. So I called Dick Ghilotti. Our negotiations were straightforward and I’m very pleased with the result.”
ABOUT THE COMPANIES
Ghilotti Construction was founded in 1914 by James Ghilotti, an Italian immigrant and grandfather of the current CEO. His four sons joined him in 1939. One of them, Dino Ghilotti, was joined in the business by his son Richard in 1968. When Dino passed away in 1990, Ghilotti Construction Company continued on with the addition of Dino’s grandsons, Brian Ongaro and William Ghilotti. The youngest grandson, Dino Ghilotti, is currently attending the University of Miami, and will join the company upon graduation. The company operates offices in San Rafael, American Canyon, and Livermore, with headquarters at 246 Ghilotti Avenue, Santa Rosa. A complete company profile can be found at www.ghilotti.com.
John and Andrea Barella launched North Bay Construction in 1976 in a dilapidated barn with a backhoe and a dump truck. Over the years, the company has grown significantly and now occupies an eight-acre campus at 431 Payran Street, Petaluma. More information on NBC is available at www.nbcinc.net.
By Jeff Quackenbush, Business Journal Staff Reporter © 2010 North Bay Business Journal
SANTA ROSA and PETALUMA — Ghilotti Construction Co. and North Bay Construction, two of the largest locally based general engineering contractors, today said they will combine operations over the next 18 months.
North Bay Construction founder and Chief Executive Officer John Barella, 62, inked a deal to sell the assets to Ghilotti Construction by the end of 2012. Mr. Barella is ending his management of the company, and North Bay President Steven Geney, 52, is joining Ghilotti Construction management team.
“When I decided it was time to pursue real estate development on a full-time basis, I wanted to be sure the company we had built would stay together and stay local,” Mr. Barella said in a statement. “I didn’t think it would be fair to our people to make them part of an anonymous out-of-town company with no roots in our community. So I called Dick Ghilotti.”
Dick Ghilotti, 63, president and CEO of Ghilotti Construction, said the blending of the companies was a logical step.
“We’ve been fierce competitors for almost 35 years, but John and I have always respected each other’s work, business sense and values,” he said. “Our people know one another and have the same high standards and pride in their work.”
Ghilotti Construction has 220 to 300 employees, depending on workload, in its Santa Rosa headquarters and branch offices in American Canyon, San Rafael and Livermore. Petaluma-based North Bay Construction has 200 to 250 employees.
How many are retained by the end of 2012 will depend on job activity, but the intent is to keep as many as possible, according to Ghilotti Construction spokesman Larry Kamer.
North Bay Construction jobs are being finished, most notably the $48 million expansion of Highway 101 between Cotati and Petaluma. New jobs are being bid as Ghilotti Construction.
In 1992 cousins Dick and Jim Ghilotti, part of a local construction family dating back to the early 20th century, started Ghilotti Construction in Santa Rosa.
John and Andrea Barella started North Bay Construction in 1976.
SANTA ROSA, CA–(November 25, 2008) – Electric car pioneer ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) is providing fleets with a better solution when it comes to 100 percent electric, plug-in transportation with the introduction of its four-wheel ZAP Truck XL. The new addition to ZAP’s line offers an 800 pound payload. Electric trucks like ZAP’s new XL fill a growing niche for fleets and small businesses that demand more flexibility and economy in their vehicle mix. The XL is a robust four-wheel truck with ample cab space and payload capacity making it ideal for industrial and utility fleet purposes. In the United States, it meets full DOT requirements for 25 MPH Low Speed Vehicles. As part of ZAP’s global distribution strategy, the XL will be designed to meet or exceed government certifications for most of the world.
Ghilotti Construction first customer for 4-wheel ZAP Electric Truck XL. The ZAP Truck XL is able to drive up to thirty miles on a charge. From a standard 110 volt outlet the ZAP Truck XL recharges in about six hours and an 80 percent charge in just four hours. ZAP offers optional upgrades to 220 volt charging for faster charging. MSRP on the truck is $14,950. “We love it!” said Richard Ghilotti of Ghilotti Construction in Santa Rosa, California, which operates more than 100 vehicles in its fleet and is the first customer for the ZAP Truck XL. “Now we have an all-electric truck to run mail, parts and odd-jobs which don’t require a big diesel or gas truck.” Ghilotti has made a comprehensive effort to follow green practices and invest in renewable construction techniques and technologies. Recently Ghilotti opened a new green headquarters in Santa Rosa where the electric trucks will be used.
Enhanced Capacity Gives Fleets a Heavier-Duty Alternative. The larger truck presents an opportunity for ZAP dealers to reach out to local fleets looking for larger payload electric vehicles that will help them save capital costs while helping protect the environment. The electric utility vehicle is also practical for consumers and small business owners. ZAP estimates the XL truck costs between one and three cents per mile to fuel. Fewer moving parts mean less overall maintenance than gas. Operating costs are about half that of a small gas truck over a three year period. Furthermore, a California Air Resources Board study shows electric vehicles can reduce emissions by more than 90 percent over gasoline, including the emissions from power plants.
About Zap. ZAP has been a leader in electric transportation since 1994, delivering over 100,000 vehicles to consumers in more than 75 countries. ZAP manufactures a line of electric vehicles, including electric city-cars and trucks, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, and ATVs. ZAP sells some of the only electric city-cars and trucks in production today and is developing a high-performance electric vehicle called the ZAP Alias. The Company recently announced a strategic partnership with Dubai-based Al Yousuf Group to expand its international vehicle distribution. For product, dealer and investor information, visit http://www.zapworld.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of the Company’s products, increased levels of competition for the Company, new products and technological changes, the Company’s dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Contact: Alex Campbell ZAP Media Relations 707-525-8658 ext. 241 firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Rosa, CA—May 23, 2008. Richard (Dick) Ghilotti, president of Ghilotti Construction Company (GCC), has been elected to the Construction Hall of Fame by the North Coast Builders Exchange (NCBE).
Ghilotti, was chosen unanimously by the 1,800-member NCBE’s board of directors, in recognition of his four decades of active leadership in the North Bay’s building and construction industry, and his dedication to community service.
“This is a tremendous honor,” said Ghilotti, whose Santa Rosa-based firm is the region’s largest infrastructure contractor. “Being recognized by my colleagues and industry peers is both uplifting and humbling. I have great respect for all of the men and women who have been selected to the Hall previously, as well as for my fellow inductees.”
Ghilotti joins Sid Lipton of Wright Contracting, Joe Keith of Cobblestone Homes, and structural engineer and building code expert Donald Morton in the Construction Hall of Fame’s 2008 entrance class. Ghilotti was preceded into the Hall by his late cousin and business partner Jim Ghilotti, a 2003 inductee.
A graduate of Santa Clara University and former Marine reservist, Dick Ghilotti has been a fixture on the local construction scene since joining forces with his father Dino Ghilotti and uncle Mario Ghilotti in 1969.
Under Dick Ghilotti’s direction, GCC relocated its headquarters from San Rafael to Santa Rosa in 1992. In 2006, Ghilotti guided GCC through a strategic reorganization by creating a heavy/public works division and a private/commercial division, thereby increasing its ability to adapt to an ever-changing economy, to take advantage of rapidly expanding opportunities in the heavy construction and public work sectors, and to maintain its already successful commercial and residential operations.
The company’s diversification has produced numerous public infrastructure contracts, including the $50 million U.S. Highway 101 widening in Santa Rosa; the $20 million Interstate 280 renovation in San Mateo County; the $10 million State Highway 12 project in Fairfield; and the $16.5 million Highway 80 Overcrossing project for the City of Vacaville, which is part of the $200 million Nut Tree development project.
GCC’s broad expertise is reflected in major projects throughout northern California, from the renovation of Infineon Raceway to several prominent site developments: George Lucas’s Big Rock Ranch; Mayacama Golf Club; the Copia Center; and the Buck Institute for Age Research. GCC completed the extensive Nut Tree Village development and North Village subdivision inVacaville, and the Lennar Mare Island community project in Vallejo.
Family owned and operated since 1914, Ghilotti Construction Company is recognized for its 94 years of engineering experience, and its long-standing tradition of hard work and dependability. Founded by Italian-born James Ghilotti and followed by second generation Dino Ghilotti, the company is now managed by third generation Dick Ghilotti and his nephew, fourth generation Brian Ongaro. Dick Ghilotti’s son, fourth generation William Ghilotti also has been working for GCC for over 10 years. Headquartered inSanta Rosa, GCC has expanded into an industry leader with annual revenues exceeding $110 million. GCC also serves clients from its offices in San Rafael and American Canyon.
Petaluma, CA. Ghilotti Construction Company, one of theNorth Bay’s largest commercial contractors, has joined the board of directors of North Bay Leadership Council (NBLC), the organization announced today. The addition of Ghilotti Construction brings one of the most dynamic sectors of theNorth Bayeconomy — construction and engineering—to the NBLC membership.
“NBLC members should represent the diversity of industries that support our regional economy and should include the kind of passionate individuals who are committed to the vitality of theNorth Bay,” said Steve Page, chairman of NBLC. “Ghilotti Construction will bring an informed perspective to the critical infrastructure questions on the Council’s agenda and Dick Ghilotti will be an outstanding personal addition to our board.
With 92 years of engineering experience. Ghilotti Construction has grown their annual revenues to more than $90 $110 million. It is headquartered inSanta Rosa, with offices inSan Rafael andAmericanCanyon. During the peak of the construction season, the company has some 350 workers in its employ. Ghilotti Construction is the general contractor on the Highway 101 construction projects atSteele Lane and Highway 12 inSanta Rosa. Past projects include work for Infineon Raceway, Buck Institute for Research in Aging, Big Rock Ranch for Lucasfilm and many others.
Dick Ghilotti, owner and president of Ghilotti Construction, will be the representative on the board of NBLC. He represents the third generation of his family to lead Ghilotti Construction.
“Our company and employees are rooted in theNorth Bay,” Ghilotti said. “We wanted to join NBLC because of its regional focus and track record of tackling issues that are important to the region’s economic vitality and quality of life.”
NBLC’s mission is to work for sound public policy throughout the North Bay.
ECA and More Than 30 of its Member Companies Complete and Donate a Safe Parking Lot for “Kid Street Learning Center” in Santa Rosa’s Railroad District
New Parking Completed Prior to School’s Annual Christmas Play & Fundraising Auction on Dec. 9
Santa Rosa, CA, December 10, 2005 – The Northern California Engineering Contractors Association (ECA) and more than 30 of its member companies recently completed the building and donation of a $125,000 parking lot for the “Kid Street Charter School and AfterSchool Theater Program”, located at 709 Davis Street in Santa Rosa’s Railroad District. Previously, parking was in a dark, vacant lot at this special charter school program for at-risk youth and their families.
ECA chose to sponsor this project from applications it solicits annually from nonprofit organizations. The members worked together to create and provide the planning, materials and labor and equipment necessary to complete the new parking lot. A list of all the ECA members who participated in the project and/or provided donations is at the end of this news release.
“Thank you to the ECA and other generous donors for making our parking lot wish come true,” said Linda Conklin, executive director of Kid Street Learning Center. “Our parking lot has gone from a pit to a palace. Because of the community’s generosity, we can now use our resources to provide counseling, parenting and anger management classes, clothes, food, homes and cars for our children and their families. Thank you to the ECA for not only filling our parking lot with concrete, but also filling our hearts with love.”
BY JEFF QUACKENBUSH
AMERICAN CANYON — GHILOTTI Construction is digging into southern Napa Valley. The Santa Rosa-based engineering general contractor has opened a location in American Canyon to target more jobs in Napa and Solano counties and the East Bay.
The goal is to increase operations east of the Mayacamas Mountains until a quarter of the company’s revenues comes from those counties, according to Christer Berglund, estimating manager. Revenues were $70 million last year, with $45 million generated by the Santa Rosa office and $25 million by the San Rafael office.
“There seem to be a lot more opportunities there than in the [U.S.] 101 corridor at this point,” he says. “In general, it’s not such a no-growth area. Also, the affordability factor, particularly in Solano, means homeowners get more for their money there, and that drives subdivision development.”
He points out that rapid home development in Solano County has progressed to demand for retail stores to serve the new residents.
“To keep our [revenue] volume up, we need to expand our horizons geographically, though there still is a fair amount of work in the 101 corridor,” Mr. Berglund says.
In the annual Forbes/Milkin Institute list of the top 200 places to work, the Vallejo-Napa-Fairfield metropolitan area ranked 17th last year, down two slots from 2002. According to the state Employment Development Department, the number of Solano County jobs unrelated to agriculture will increase 12.9% to 134,000 between 2001 and 2008, compared to projected 15.7% growth in Sonoma County in the same period.