Teichert, the Sacramento-based construction, materials, equipment and development company, has been named California Construction’s 2010 Contractor of the Year. Judges considered contractors operating within California based on their records of excellence in three general categories: business leadership, investment in people and community/industry involvement/leadership. Teichert, which holds the oldest active contractor’s licenses in the state, No. 8, has a long history of excelling in all of these areas.

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The company namesake, Adolph Teichert, immigrated to New York from Germany in 1866. He worked for the California Artificial Stone Paving Co. in the 1870s on landmark projects in Golden Gate Park and on the sidewalks around the State Capitol in Sacramento. In 1887, he started his own company, A. Teichert & Son, Inc., with the help of his son, Adolph Jr. They were two of the founding members of the Northern California Contractors Association, the precursor to the Northern California chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.

Henry Teichert, Adolph’s grandson, took the reins from the end of World War II until he retired in 1980, when he passed control to his brother-in-law Louis Riggs. In 2000, Riggs’ son, Jud, became president.

The company now consists of five divisions: Teichert Construction, Teichert Materials (one of the largest aggregate suppliers in the country), Teichert Readymix, and Teichert Precast for underground utilities and Angelo Utilities (electrical, gas, telephone and cable installation).

The company includes Teichert Land Co., also known as StoneBridge Properties, which is in the process of turning a former gravel mine in the Power Inn area of Sacramento into an urban farm-centered planned community.