Local company among top 100 builders

July 07, 2001|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

Duggins Construction has been named among the top 100 metal builders in the nation by Metal Construction News, an honor the company's owner said is a sign of the growth in the Imperial Valley.

Jim Duggins said the entire Imperial Valley should take pride when a local company is successful, particularly in light of recent media coverage from outside the area that has portrayed the Valley in a negative light.

"To be named within the top 100 contractors is realistically a big plus for Imperial County because it shows anything being done anywhere else in the U.S. is being done just as good here," said Duggins, president and co-owner of the company.


The company was named among the top 100 metal builders in the nation in the May edition of Metal Construction News.

According to the magazine, the honor is based on the tonnage of steel purchased for pre-engineered metal buildings in 2000.

Duggins was listed as the 63rd-ranked company. In 2000, the company had 1,763 tons of metal building purchases. In 1999 it had 965 tons in purchases.

Duggins credited his employees for their efforts. He said he has 60 to 100 employees at any one time on jobs and most of those people are local.

"I'm very proud of my employees and what they have accomplished," he said.

Duggins said most of his business in the last year was in the Imperial Valley.

Duggins added the success that his company has had is due in large part to the growth in the Valley.

"I can tell you our volumes are up in 2000 over 1999 by over 29 percent, which shows Imperial County is growing and growing in the right direction," he said.

Duggins pointed to the development of a beef plant in Brawley and the growth of companies such as Calexico Tissue and General Dynamics as signs of progress.

He praised those who are working to bring dairies to the Valley.

"Agriculture, dairies, industry; if it all comes together it will make the Imperial Valley stronger," he said.

Duggins said those in private industry joining forces to promote the Valley through such groups as the Imperial Valley Economic Development Commission is making a difference.

He added with public and private industry working together to promote the Valley, the area will continue to grow.

The company, based in El Centro, was founded in 1961 by Ray Duggins, Jim's father. At that time it had four employees.

Duggins said he looks forward to the future of the company and the continued growth of the Valley.

"People just have to remember (growth) doesn't happen overnight," he said.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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