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Four Tucker Paving projects earn top Excellence in Construction Eagle Awards

Innovative and high-quality work by Tucker Paving, Inc., continues to get noticed — and recognized.

A group from Tucker Paving attended a special banquet of the Central Florida Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., (ABC) in Orlando on Oct. 8. When it came time to leave, our team members had four more coveted ABC Excellence in Construction (EIC) Eagle Awards to bring back for display in our Winter Haven office.

The panel of judges for the 2016 EIC Awards considered hundreds of outstanding Central Florida construction projects completed by dozens of companies between May 1, 2015, and May 15, 2016. The judges honored Tucker Paving with the Eagle Award, the ABC chapter’s highest recognition, for its showcase work on each of these four projects:

• Disney’s Hollywood Studios Sound Stage, Bay Lake — Tucker Paving, Inc., and team members Michael Chevalier, Daniel Bennett, Shane Keel, and Jose Lopez. For site work/landscape/hardscape. Site Work/Landscape/Hardscape, All Underground Utilities and Asphalt Paving, Entertainment Facilities, $500,000 to $1 million.

• Magic Kingdom Park HUB Enhancement, Bay Lake — Tucker Paving, Inc., and team members Michael Chevalier, Josh Smith, Shane Keel, Jose Lopez, and Nick Toschlog. Site Work/Landscape/Hardscape, Entertainment Facilities, $1 million to $5 million.

• Perry Harvey, Sr., Park, Tampa — Tucker Paving, Inc., and team members Amanda Dawley, William Wooster, Shane Keel, Jose Lopez, and Steve Dawson. Site Work/Landscape/Hardscape, Underground Utilities and Asphalt Paving, $1 million to $5 million.

• T1A04 State Road 17 and County Road 17B Roundabout, Lake Wales — Tucker Paving and team members Amanda Dawley, Steve Dawson, William Wooster, Shane Keel, and Jose Lopez. Site Work/Landscape/Hardscape, Underground Utilities and Asphalt Paving, Under $500,000.

Tucker Paving is very honored to have four more prestigious Eagle Awards, and management thanks the entire company team for the excellent body of planning, design, and construction work that led to them.

More on the Web: www.abccentralflorida.com/eic.html#.WBDaoSMrKuM

Tie-in with ABC organization has many benefits

In business, as in life, it’s nice “to belong.” A lot of good can come from associations with like-minded people and organizations. With membership, Tucker Paving Inc. belongs to several organizations, including chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, and trade groups. It also has a relationship — as a contractor of record on one or more past construction jobs — with almost every municipality in Polk County, the Polk County government, and the Florida Department of Transportation.

Among the company’s tie-ins is a membership with Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., or ABC for short. ABC is a national organization with affiliates in each state and chapters within each state. ABC of Florida has five chapters. Because we have a centralized base in Winter Haven and Polk County, and because our work takes us all over Central Florida (generally within an 80-mile radius of Winter Haven), Tucker Paving actually is a member of two ABC chapters, the Central Florida Chapter and the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.

Founded in 1950 as a nonprofit trade association, ABC represents 22,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms nationwide. (ABC defines “merit shop” as a philosophy that encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.) ABC has three member categories — contractor, supplier, and associate members (professional service firms, such as lawyers, accountants, insurance agencies, and construction owners) — and members abide by an excellent eight-point code of ethics.

ABC is the only construction trade association that exclusively supports merit shop contractors, and it does engage in government lobbying on behalf of members at the national and state levels. As an example of that lobbying, in mid-February the national organization sent a letter urging appropriators in the U.S. House of Representatives to roll back several “job-killing government regulations.”

In addition to the major benefit of having the national and state organizations politically “watch our backs” in the construction industry, ABC provides members with many opportunities for education, political action, and business development. ABC membership also is an excellent way to expand business contacts, and ABC-hosted conventions, meetings, and seminars are almost always good for a good time amid the business- and trade-related activities. We do have some fun at these events.

ABC is a fine association. We at Tucker Paving have enjoyed our membership and have gotten a lot out of it — including a fair number of awards for our construction work. Those are always nice to receive.

On the Web: www.abc.org and www.abccentralflorida.com