Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors Receives NUCA Ditchdigger Award for Contractor of the Year

Jacksonville, Fla. (April 12, 2011) – Ryan Schmitt, president of Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors, Inc., has been awarded the Ditchdigger of the Year Award from the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA). NUCA is the largest national trade association representing utility and excavation contractors.

“The Ditchdigger of the Year Award has a history of recognizing many great NUCA contractors,” said Ryan Schmitt (right), president of Petticoat-Schmitt and 2011 NUCA chairman. “As a long-time advocate for the utility and excavation contracting industry, I am honored to receive the award and to be included among the many great past recipients of this award.”

NUCA awarded Schmitt with its coveted Ditchdigger of the Year Award at its recent NUCA EXPO at the El Conquistador Resort in Las Croabas, Puerto Rico. The award is given annually to a NUCA contractor member who has made a significant contribution to NUCA and the utility and excavation construction industry. Schmitt has been a tireless advocate for the utility contracting industry on a local, state and national level since beginning his career in civil construction in 1990.

Schmitt’s company, Petticoat-Schmitt, was previously the recipient of two of NUCA’s most prestigious awards, the William Feather Safety Award and the National Community Service Award.

For more information about Petticoat-Schmitt, call (904) 751-0888. More information about NUCA is available online at

About Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors, Inc.
Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors, Inc. is one of Northeast Florida’s premier construction companies specializing in the civil contracting industry. Owned and operated by Ryan Schmitt, the 2011 chairman of the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), the company performs underground utility, grading and roadway construction for public and private entities in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. Clients include the City of Jacksonville, JEA, Florida Department of Transportation, the City of St. Marys, Ga., Clay County Utility Authority and numerous general contractors. Petticoat-Schmitt’s management team includes two past presidents of the Utility Contractors Association of North Florida (UCANF) and two recipients of the Underground Utility Contractors of Florida (UUCF) Mitch Ellington Award for Contractor of the Year. Petticoat-Schmitt is the 2009 recipient of the NUCA William H. Feather Award for meritorious achievement in construction safety and the 2009 NUCA National Community Service Award for volunteer work at Seamark Ranch, a non-denominational, children’s home and school. For more information call (904) 751-0888.