Interstates Companies, Sioux Center, Iowa, was named Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) 2013 Contractor of the Year during the 24th annual Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony, which was held Feb. 11 in Maui, Hawaii. Interstates Companies won the award—which recognizes an exceptional individual or company in the construction industry—because of its leadership in training, behavior-based safety, prefabrication and lean processes, as well as its commitment to ABC and the merit shop philosophy. “Each year, ABC recognizes an individual or company that attains a level of achievement that raises the bar for all of us,” said 2014 ABC National Chairman Dan Brodbeck, president and CEO of Compass Partners, LLC. “Interstates' commitment to safety and excellence on all levels helps to advance our organization, the construction industry and the merit shop philosophy.” Marking its 60th year of business in 2013, Interstates began as a small electrical company in 1953 that was founded on the core values of dependability, integrity, trust, quality and family. Today, the company boasts 600 employees and delivers $100 million of work annually in design-build electrical solutions. In addition to electrical construction, Interstates offers electrical engineering, control systems and instrumentation services. Interstates Companies first became an ABC member in 1975 and currently is a member of ABC’s Iowa, Rocky Mountain and Cornhusker chapters.