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Subcontractors name Michigan Contractor of the Year

October 14, 2013
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Subcontractors name Michigan Contractor of the Year
A shot of Gordon Food Service’s headquarters in Wyoming. Ada-based Dan Vos Construction worked on the building.

An Ada-based design and construction company has been named the 2013 Michigan Contractor of the Year by a statewide association of subcontractors.

The winner

For a second time, family owned Dan Vos Construction Company received the award from the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan, at the fourth annual MCOY Awards on Monday night. The sold-out event was held at the Frederick Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park.

Dan Vos Construction, which won the award in 2010 at the inaugural MCOY event, has been recognized every year at the MCOY awards.

Dan Vos, president of Dan Vos Construction, said living up to the MCOY award every year isn’t easy.

“You know, even though I could do without the stress of this Oscar award, it’s a pleasure to be back,” said Vos, who accepted the award. “It’s truly a thrill. When I talk to other folks about ASAM, people get a glimmer in their eye of what a special event this is. We’ve won plenty of awards over the years, but this is the one we really look forward to.”

Online vote

The MCOY winner is determined by online voting, with ASAM members scoring the candidates on their performances in 10 categories: administrative procedures, bid ethics and practice, schedule coordination, safety, jobsite supervision, communication, project relations, lien processes, payment terms and quality workmanship.

National best practices

With this year’s MCOY award, Dan Vos Construction will now be nominated by ASAM as a candidate for the ASA National Construction Best Practices Awards, which recognize America’s “elite” prime contractors.

ASA will announce the Best Practices award winners in January. If Dan Vos Construction is selected, the firm will head out to an award convention in New Orleans in March.

Honorable mentions

Dan Vos Construction wasn’t the only contractor celebrating Monday night. ASAM also awarded two honorable mentions.

Holland-based Elzinga & Volkers, which won the MCOY award last year, was the first runner up, and Grand Rapids-based Owen-Ames-Kimball, which won the MCOY in 2011, was the second runner up.

Tony Roussey, VP of operations at Elzinga & Volkers, said he was very happy with the firm's honor.

“Our customers will see it," Roussey said. "It is something we certainly can use in sales and marketing. It looks pretty cool on a resume.” 

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