Suffolk growing again
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While some construction companies struggle to keep the doors open, Suffolk Construction continues to take advantage of opportunities to grow. Yesterday they announced the purchase of Roel Construction, a San Francisco-based general contractor that boasted $300 million in business last year, according to the Boston Herald.

Suffolk has continually grown its book of business locally and nationally. It is the largest general contractor in Massachusetts as ranked by the Boston Business Journal according to dollar volume of contracts. ENR ranks Suffolk as the 31st largest contractor in the United States, with $1.7 billion in revenue. They profiled owner John Fish in the magazine a year ago.

Roel is not the first company Suffolk has bought during the current recession. A year and a half ago it purchased Boston-based William A. Berry and Son, boosting its presence in the health care segment of the industry. It also purchased Dietze Construction Group, a Washington, D.C. area contractor last year, which helped Suffolk increase its work in the mid-Atlantic region.

Suffolk Construction has a regional agreement to hire union carpenters and union carpentry subcontractors for all of its projects in New England. It signed that agreement in 1997, after having signed a similar agreement for its Massachusetts work in 1991.

Suffolk was also the general contractor for the Carpenters Center, the headquarters for the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, which was completed in February of 2010.