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ORLANDO, Florida, March 17—Associated Builders and Contractors today named Performance Contractors Inc., headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, its 2023 Contractor of the Year. This award recognizes member companies for corporate integrity and commitment to safety, professional development and expert workforce development. The award was presented at the 33rd annual Excellence in Construction® Awards during ABC Convention 2023 in Orlando, Florida, on March 16.

Performance Contractors continues to be a nationwide leader in large-scale, full-service industrial construction,” said 2023 National Chair of the ABC Board of Directors Milton Graugnard, executive vice president, Cajun Industries LLC, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “This company and its employees are committed to ABC’s mission of advancing the merit shop by delivering high-quality projects safely and efficiently to contribute to the strength of our communities. It is an honor to present Performance Contractors with this well-deserved award.”

Performance Contractors is an ABC Top Performer and an ABC Accredited Quality Contractor. Performance has earned the highest level—Platinum—in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System as well as numerous ABC Excellence in Construction® Awards at the national and chapter levels.

Established in 1979 as a merit shop general industrial contractor, Performance has grown to a $1.5-billion company with more than 8,000 employees offering construction, maintenance and turnaround services for clients across the United States. In addition to its Baton Rouge headquarters, Performance maintains regional offices in Lake Charles, Louisiana; Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas; and Mobile, Alabama; along with satellite offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Evansville, Indiana.

Travelers is the presenting sponsor of the 2023 Contractor of the Year Award.

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