Bennett Contracting, Inc. of Bradenton, Florida Selected as one of 12 National Finalists for “2012 Contractor of the Year Award” from Equipment World Magazine

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Equipment World Magazine annually selects 12 excavation and site development contractors as Finalists for it's "Contractor of the Year" Award sponsored by Caterpillar. Bradenton, Florida-based Bennett Contracting, Inc. has been selected as a finalist and is competing for the title of Contractor of the Year.

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We are delighted to be among the nation's top excavation contractors," said Alisa Bennett, Vice President. This truly is an honor.

Bennett Contracting, Inc. an excavation and utility contractor based in Bradenton, Florida, has been selected as one of only 12 companies nationwide as a finalist for the 2012 Contractor of the Year Award given annually by Equipment World Magazine. The award, which is sponsored by Caterpillar, was designed to showcase and celebrate contractors with revenues between $3 million and $15 million annually that have at least 10 years of construction company ownership experience, have a proven, excellent safety record, own at least five ride-on construction machines and are able to represent the construction industry in a positive way.

In January Bennett team members will be visited by a member of the Equipment World Editorial staff who will interview company owners and employees. In March, Jason and Alisa Bennett will travel to Las Vegas for the Contractor of Year Awards banquet where the winning company will be announced. In addition to the banquet, the Bennetts will participate in an industry round-table event and attend a NASCAR race as guests of the competition’s sponsor, Caterpillar.

Bennett Contracting, Inc. will celebrate 12 years in business this coming March. The company is a Class A licensed Florida General Contractor and Licensed Florida Underground Utility Contractor. Company President Jason Bennett also holds a Class V Underground Fire License from the State Division of Fire Marshal. The company does an average of $4 million in annual revenue. Bennett Contracting, Inc. completes most work as a site and utility subcontractor working on commercial projects for General Contractors; however a portion of the company’s work is also executed as Prime Contractor.

In response to the weakened economy which has resulted in a drastic decline in local construction projects company owners Jason and Alisa Bennett started a “spin-off” business last year. People at Play: The Heavy Equipment Experience offers individuals and groups the opportunity to harness the amazing power of big construction machines firsthand in a fun “construction themed” environment. The entire experience is themed like a day on a construction site, where participants “clock-in” and don hard hats and visibility vests. All “crew members” complete a safety and equipment orientation (in the job site trailer) prior to their time operating CAT excavators, skid steer loaders and bulldozers.

People at Play (the name takes its cue from the universally recognized ‘Men at Work’ construction signs) was an idea the Bennetts have been working on since 2007. More than 100 people have enjoyed their construction experience with People at Play and interest continues to grow for the unique concept which was featured on the NBC TODAY Show in July 2011. For more information please visit http://www.bennettcontractinginc.com and http://www.comeplayinthedirt.com.

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