|Last Quarterly Update:||3/18/2013|
|SIC Codes:||1611, 1622, 8741|
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Companies in this industry construct highways, streets, roads, airport runways, sidewalks, and bridges. Major companies include Bechtel, Granite Construction, Kiewit, and URS (all based in the US), as well as Bouygues, Colas, and VINCI (all based in France), and STRABAG (Austria).
The US highway and street construction industry includes about 10,000 companies with combined annual revenue of about $85 billion. Low growth is forecast for the next two years. Key challenges include pressure on government spending on infrastructure projects.
Demand is largely driven by the availability of government roadbuilding funds. The profitability of individual companies depends on operating efficiencies and the ability to correctly estimate costs. Big companies have the resources and engineering skills necessary for large construction jobs. Small companies can compete effectively by bidding for smaller projects or by working as subcontractors on large projects. The industry is highly fragmented: the 50 largest companies account for about 15 percent of industry revenue.
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New street and highway construction can involve complicated engineering, and skilled operations like earthmoving, grading, and bridge, curb, sidewalk, and water drainage system construction. The US has 2.7 million miles of paved roads and 1.3 million miles of unpaved roads. The typical small construction company does light new construction work and concentrates mainly on reconstruction and maintenance. Engineering design work is important for new construction. The typical large construction company designs and constructs complex road and highway ...
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