GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11Associated Builders and Contractors today named Big D Metalworks, headquartered in Dallas, as its 2021 Contractor of the Year, an award that recognizes companies for corporate integrity, commitment to safety, professional development and expert craftsmanship. The award was presented at the 31st annual Excellence in Construction® Awards gala during ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 10.

“It’s an honor to recognize Big D Metalworks and their 40-plus years of contributions to the merit shop construction sector with this esteemed award,” said 2021 ABC National Chair of the Board of Directors Steve Klessig, vice president of architecture and engineering, Keller Inc., Kaukauna, Wisconsin. “With utmost dedication to workforce development, jobsite safety and project excellence, Big D has been a leader at the local, state and national level for decades. It’s an honor to present the entire Big D Metalworks team with this well-earned award.”

Big D Metalworks has held the highest level—Platinum—in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System, a testament to its strong commitment to the safety of all its employees and achieved the high marks that qualify it as an ABC Accredited Quality Contractor. Big D has won a total of 74 awards throughout its 40-year history, eight of which were Excellence in Construction® Awards. Big D staff leaders have served on several ABC national committees, including the Free Enterprise Alliance, the Construction Legal Rights Foundation and the Member Services Committee.

Just one of 7,000 employee-owned companies in the United States, Big D Metalworks has performed work all over the country from building the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco to McKinsey and Co. offices in Washington. Since its founding in 1981, it has encouraged its employees to consistently innovate with the highest level of service—safely.

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