A Grand Junction business is up for a national award from Equipment World Magazine.

Owner Richard Davis and Mountain Valley Contracting were recently named as a finalist for the magazine’s “contractor of the year” award. The award is sponsored by Caterpillar Inc. and will be given out March 14 in Las Vegas.

“To us, it’s a big deal,” Davis said. “I hope we win it. That’d be great.”

As a finalist, the company will receive a write-up in Equipment World Magazine and an all-expense paid trip for Davis and a guest to its expo where the award will be announced.

Of the 12 finalists, Mountain Valley Contracting and Ray Lippis Excavating in Canon City are the sole representatives from Colorado.

Contractors can enter themselves for the award or be nominated by others in the industry. Davis said his company was nominated by a dealer representative.

A list of nominations on Equipment World’s website includes this comment editors received during the selection process about MVC: “They seem to excel at the more difficult projects because of their outside-the-box thinking. Their use of current machine technology really does put them ahead of many contractors today.”

Mountain Valley Contracting was launched in Grand Junction in 1996 and Davis said he grew up in the Grand Valley. The company handles a lot of government-related work with the city, county and state and takes on projects across western Colorado.

It regularly works on projects related to roads, airports and stormlines. It recently worked on an apron expansion at the Eagle County Regional Airport and rebuilt the runway at the airport in Nucla.

In Grand Junction, it’s currently working on the Canyon View RV Resort project near 23 ½ Road just north of G Road. The company currently has roughly 40 employees.

Davis said he didn’t know about the award until he was told they were nominated.

“We don’t know if we’ll win, but it’s still pretty cool to be a finalist,” he said.

This is the 20th year of the “contractor of the year” award from Equipment World Magazine.

To qualify, a contractor must have annual revenues between $3 million and $15 million, 10 years of construction company ownership experience, a proven, excellent safety record, own at least five ride-on construction machines and have the ability to represent the construction industry in a positive way, according to the magazine.

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