ACI Mechanical Inc., Ames, Iowa, has been named ABC's 2017 Contractor of the Year, an award that recognizes companies for their corporate integrity, commitment to safety, professional development and expert craftsmanship. President Mike McCoy accepted the honor at the 28th annual Excellence in Construction® (EIC) Awards gala on March 21 during ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, Calif.

“ABC is proud to recognize ACI Mechanical’s leadership and workforce with this esteemed award,” said 2018 ABC National Chair George R. Nash Jr., director of preconstruction at Branch & Associates in Herndon, Va. “This full-service, design-build contractor stands above the rest with a significant investment in its workforce, an impressive safety record and a commitment to understanding and adopting the latest industry technology. Mentoring, teaching and continuing education have been a primary focus for the company since it first opened its doors in 1945.”

ACI Mechanical’s team of engineers, project managers, skilled welders, pipefitters, sheet metal mechanics, service technicians and support staff is led by the executive team of President Mike McCoy, Director of Project Management Kent Meyn, Director of Engineering Greg Braga, Prefabrication Manager Shon Smith, Production and Training Manager Chris Kayser and Human Resources Coordinator Laura Sundine. As a founding member of ABC’s Iowa Chapter, ACI Mechanical’s executives also have served as chairmen and board members at the chapter and national levels, while encouraging local and national political engagement to support important merit shop candidates and causes.

With a solid safety record and an experience modification rate (EMR) under .65 for more than five years, ACI Mechanical has received dozens of industry safety awards through its commitment to ABC’s STEP program. The company also sets itself apart as an early adopter of prefabrication, BIM and 3D technology for enhanced jobsite communication and visualization, leading to efficient project delivery and a top reputation among clients. It is a three-time recipient of the chapter’s EIC Project of the Year Award and a frequent finalist and award winner on the national EIC level.

In addition, ACI Mechanical employees invest in their community, recently building a Habitat for Humanity house and a wounded veteran’s home. The company hosts an annual appreciation event for employees, vendors and clients, and conducts an auction that has raised thousands of dollars for charitable organizations.