RUDOLPH Frederick “Fritz” Rudolph Sr., cofounder and former president and chairman of Walbridge, Ohio, building contractor The Rudolph/Libbe Cos. Inc., died on Jan. 11. He was 79. The firm, founded in 1955 with Rudolph’s brother and cousin, reported $321 million in 2007 revenue. He retired in 2004 and was president of Associated General Contractors of Ohio.
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.