Companies in this industry prepare sites for building and perform tasks such as excavating, grading, demolition, and septic system installation. Major companies include Controlled Demolition, Hayward Baker, Manafort Brothers, and Phillips and Jordan (all based in the US), as well as Ground Construction and Keltbray (both based in the UK).
Construction and demolition projects drive demand for site prep contractors. The profitability of individual companies depends on accurate bidding and optimal deployment of personnel and equipment. Large companies have advantages in handling multiple types of projects simultaneously. Small companies can compete effectively by subcontracting their services to larger firms, specializing by type of work, or becoming a preferred contractor for local builders and developers. Small companies often compete with solo owner-operators who hire temporary workers and rent equipment as needed.
Products, Operations & Technology
Excavation services account for about 60% of industry revenue, wrecking and demolition for 8%, and foundation work, 8%. Other services include preparing for water, sewer, and pipeline construction, and support for oil, gas, and mining operations.