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ABC Awards Napa-Based Nova Group in Puerto Rico

Sun March 16, 2008 - West Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) March 6 presented its Contractor of the Year Award to general engineering contractor Nova Group Inc. at ABC’s national convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Nova Group Inc. is a Napa, Calif.-based government contractor specializing in hydrant fueling, waterfront construction and utility construction.

ABC presents this prestigious award to an ABC member or member firm that has demonstrated significant accomplishments for the association, the merit shop and the construction industry.

Co-founded in 1976 by President Ron Fedrick, Nova Group began its history by building steam lines at the decommissioned Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, Calif. Today, the company employs more than 200 construction professionals worldwide, and has annual revenue approaching $100 million.

“It is a tremendous honor to present the 2007 Contractor of the Year Award to Nova Group,” said Kirk Pickerel, ABC president and CEO. “Throughout its history, Nova Group has remained steadfast in its commitment to building a culture that seeks to provide the industry’s highest-quality and safest projects. Their unwavering dedication to excellence truly embodies the spirit of the merit shop philosophy.”

Beyond the Nova Group’s craftsmanship and large portfolio of complex projects, the company boasts one of the construction industry’s best safety records, the result of Nova Group’s intense focus on creating a consistent, reliable safety culture that involves employees at every level — from craftworker to CEO.

Nova Group is a repeat winner of ABC’s National Safety Excellence Award for 250,000 to 500,000 worker hours, and last year received ABC’s Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Platinum Award, the association’s highest safety honor.

“The hard-working men and women of Nova Group serve as an inspiration to our association,” said Pickerel. “Their commitment to the company’s core values has made Nova Group one of the construction industry’s most successful and well-respected firms.”

Associated Builders and Contractors is a national association representing nearly 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 78 chapters across the United States.

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