Primoris Services Corp. was created in 2006 with West Coast contractor ARB Inc. as its major subsidiary. Shortly thereafter, it went public. Photo: Courtesy Primoris Services Corp. Related Links: The Top 400 Contractors: At a Glance But Primoris really took off at the end of 2009. It acquired James Construction Group (JCG), Baton Rouge, La., from Angelo Iafrate Construction Co., Warren, Mich., for $135 million. Last November, it acquired Hillsboro, Ore.-based pipeline contractor Rockford Corp. for $82.6 million. With these acquisitions, Primoris is no longer primarily a West Coast firm; now, it is a $1-billion con-tractor whose reach stretches from
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.