This Week
  • Wilmorite hopes soon to win approval for $425M casino in Seneca County.

  • For startup companies, legal and accounting missteps can prove costly.

  • Architect David Hanlon has worked with some of the area's leading developers.

  • ID Signsystems Inc. has grown from a local company into an international business.

  • Robert Linton guides Jazz 90.1 through a new era in media.

  • The RBJ 75 supplement presents a list of the 75 largest private-sector employers.

Survey finds construction industry struggling

Rochester Business Journal
June 4, 2012

The business climate for the construction industry has deteriorated in the last two years, with the number of companies losing money up 10 percent, Bonadio & Co. LLP announced Monday.

Some 24 percent of approximately 100 respondents to Bonadio’s 2012 Upstate New York Contractors State of the Industry study are losing money, up from 14 percent in the previous survey in 2010, officials said.

More companies are competing for fewer dollars, and many are looking for ways to become more competitive by expanding services or market areas, trimming costs and reducing bid prices, the study found.

“Construction companies in Upstate New York continue to feel the effects of the economic downturn,” said Scott Cresswell, a partner in Bonadio’s construction division, said in a statement.

“Contractors are feeling pessimistic about the economy as a whole, but the good news is they’re showing more enthusiasm when it comes to projecting revenue.”

Mergers and acquisitions are increasing, the survey shows. The number of family-owned businesses fell to 47 percent in 2012 from 59 percent in 2010, and 27 percent of the respondents say they have plans within five years to sell or transition their business.

Some 75 percent of contractors responding reported success rates of less than 25 percent in bidding for business, compared with 60 percent in 2010.

(c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.


What You're Saying 

There are no comments yet. Be the first to add yours!

Post Your Own Comment

 
Username:
Password:

Not registered? Sign up now!
 

To Do   Text Size
Post CommentPost A Comment eMail Size1
View CommentsView All Comments PrintPrint Size2
ReprintsReprints Size3
  • E-mailed
  • Commented
  • Viewed
RBJ   Google