Petticoat-Schmitt Makes Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies List, Hires Brandon Forrest as VP and Chief Estimator

Jacksonville, Fla. (August 27, 2012) – Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors, Inc. was named among Inc. magazine’s “500 Fastest Growing Companies”. Released last week, the list ranks companies across the country based on measured growth from 2008 through 2011. Petticoat-Schmitt was ranked number 454 overall and ranked number 15 in the construction category. To qualify, companies must have been founded and begun generating a certain threshold of revenue by March 2008 and another threshold of revenue in 2011. Qualifying companies must also be U.S.-based, private, for profit, and independent of other companies as of December 31, 2011.

“Our growth and strength shows that good people and focused business tactics can overcome a bad economy. I’m so proud of the company that Petticoat-Schmitt has become and the work we have completed thus far,” said Ryan Schmitt, owner and president of Petticoat-Schmitt.

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The company also announced that it has hired Brandon Forrest to oversee estimating and business development. Brandon will also provide strategic analysis and planning for the Company. “This is a new and significant position for our organization,” Schmitt said. “We have a competent team that has helped Petticoat-Schmitt continue to grow and Brandon will further enhance our ability to reach out to current and prospective clients. He has an impressive background with a 20-year profitability track record. We are fortunate to have him on our team.”

Prior to joining Petticoat-Schmitt, Mr. Forrest was vice president for Florida at Baker Construction where conducted strategic planning, business development and general management. Prior to that, he held similar positions for Triangle Grading and Paving and C.A. Barrs Contractors, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Forrest was president and owner of a family-owned site work and utility company in Virginia during the 1990’s. Mr. Forrest earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. He is a certified Florida general contractor, as well as a certified underground utility and excavation contractor, class V sprinkler contractor, and has his Florida fire protection contractor license.

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 and 2012 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.