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  • Anonymous

    The caption says Vigue is the president of Cianbro. The story says he’s the chairman. Which is it?

    •  Chairman; tks for noticing – we’ll dispatch top people to fix the caption error – mw

  • Congratulations to both of these class A businesses.   And for all of the naysayers, Cianbro is an ESOP and that means the employees own the company.   Be careful what you say about profits!!!

    • Anonymous

      Profit is profanity to our socialist brothers – from each according ability, to each according to his needs.

      • Anonymous

        the needs increase….the ability falters….

        the natural requirement to produce in order to consume will always govern the whims of humanity…..no matter what they try to tell yah!

      • RoostookGuy

        Haa, because Socialism has nothing to do with the workers owning part of the company.

        Try again.

        • Liberal Soup N Crackers

          That is right. Socialism has nothing to do with employee ownership of a company.

    • RoostookGuy

      What “naysayers” ?

      • Anonymous

        There is a contingent of commenters on this site and in the public who hate Cianbro for political reasons.  The don’t care how they are run or what they do for Maine workers.  They only care that the company is conservative and non-union.

    • Ditto on that entitle4life.

      Congratulations to both companies!!

      An increasing number of employee owned companies in the Fortune top 100 . Cianbro isn’t there yet, but Appearing on thislist says something very positive about Cianbro and about ESOPS. The growth and vitality of employee owned companies , especially in hard times, tells us we would do well to make it a point to foster and promote employee owned companies in maine rather than always looking to out of state white knights of questionable valor.

      http://www.esopassociation.org

      Peter Vigue was from Aroostook I think, no special privilege in his background and worked his way up in Cianbro from the bottom. His personal commitment and visions created key aspects of the business culture at Cianbro like its amazing wellness program whose success is reflcted in company bottom lines.

      Top management schools like Sloan.Harvard and Tuck, they should studying companies like Cianbro , doing internships there and trying to grasp what it is about ESOPS that makes them so fertile

      Here is the link to the list Matts article refers to in which Cianbro is a top 100:

      http://enr.construction.com/toplists/contractors/001-100.asp

      Engineering News Records..it is a list of 100 top construction companies by revenue. Cianbro moved from 138 in 2011 to 88 in 2012.

      Here is the design list also from Engineering News Records in which Warren & Curren went from 108 to 91

      http://enr.construction.com/toplists/designfirms/001-100.asp

      .

  • Anonymous

    Maine’s the worst state to do business in.

    Maine businesses win top awards.

    I’m so confused.

    • Guest

      Yes, you are.

    • Anonymous

      You’re so confused.  There..there. It’s OK. Everything will be alright.

    • Anonymous

      It is confusing to see him in a pink hardhat.

  • Congrats to two successful businesses. I have been impressed with Cianbro before this due to their attitude of retaining long time employees, and having them train the next line of workers.

    • A lot of the unique employee centered innvovations that are a hallmark of Cianbro corporate culture are documented at their web site.

      It would be great though to have  a documentary collecting all that into a teachable format for sudents of business all over america.  I would love to see  more comparative and documentray  information on all the ESOPS in ma ny different fields that are making top 100 lists.  There is so much to learn there.

      Also we need to study and understand wha went wrong in ESOPS that failed like the recent and tragic bankrupcy of  Blue Heron Paper in Oregon. And also  how Cianbro found its way out of government contracts and mostly regional operations into alamost all private sector work that is national and perhaos soon international. How that vision for making that total shift ocurred would make  agreat documentary and is most likely what moved Cianbro so dramatically up the list revenue wise.

  • Guest

    Why don’t the numerous OSHA violations on Cianbro’s arena project ever make the news???

    • Anonymous

      what OSHA violations? do you have any kind of documentation for that?

      • Guest

         It’s pretty common knowledge around the jobsite…Sloping violations, crane violations, a few other less serious ones…

        • Anonymous

          Has Cianbro or any of the subs been cited or is that just common knowledge also?

          • Anonymous

            You can see what violations a company has had at the OSHA website.  There’s nothing hidden it’s right there for all to see. 

          • Anonymous

             Couldn’t find any citations for the events center project. Do you have a link?

          • Anonymous

            http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owasrch.search_form?p_doc_type=NEWS_RELEASES&p_toc_level=0  This link will give you all violations since the beginning of 2012.  They also have 2011.  It could be that Cianbro didn’t receive the violation it could have been one of their subcontractors.

          • Anonymous

             tks

          • Anonymous

            I have to say that I didn’t find any violations for Cianbro in the last 2 years.  I did see where they signed a partnership agreement with OSHA while they were building the slots.

          • Anonymous

             That’s all I found also. My understanding is they run a very clean safe operation. They don’t even allow smoking on their sites. That was how they ran the Hollywood Slots Job.

          • Anonymous

            They have an excellent reputation in the Mid Atlantic region where I now live.  I would gladly take a position with them!! 

        • Anonymous

          If you know anything at all about the construction industry, then you know that Cianbro has one of the most stringent safety programs of any construction company in the country. That’s not to say they never have a safety violation. But if they are experiencing a high rate of violations on that project, then you can likely lay most of the blame on some knuckleheaded workers who choose to not follow the rules. If true, it doesn’t say much for the intelligence of Bangor-area workers.

          • Anonymous

             This project so far is 100% accident free. Absolutely no man hours down.

          • Anonymous

            Everyone in the construction industry knows that OSHA will show up and nit pick whatever they can. It’s pretty much SOP. They justify their job and help keep the construction outfits on their toes. Not a bad arrangement, if it saves lives and injuries.

          • Anonymous

            And after some of the high profile fatalities in the state this past year they are going to be looking at construction companies extra hard.  Not that its a bad thing.

          • Anonymous

             With you on this…nothing wrong with that.

        • Liberal Soup N Crackers

          If it is common knowledge, why doesn’t Obama’s OSHA know about it?

      • Anonymous

        Nope…safety guy burned it……next to the propane tanks

  • Anonymous

    Because most of the alleged violations are meaningless.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, reads almost like a press release ! 

    • Anonymous

      LOL…Best comment on the board!!

    • Jeremy

       Someone knows their modern journalism practices!  Well called BigPaw

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised the union supporters haven’t weighed in on this yet.

    • That’s a tough one when an esop that is agressively non union and has a very different labor management structure than most other comapnies has to hire extra temporary workers for a job and it must complicate their bidding on federal and state contracts.

      I think there are satisfactory solutions to both problems and I think we should seek them..there can be fair wages for Maine temporary  workers if we all work at it. 

      Maybe that’s why there aren’t too many construction companies that are ESOPS. Here is an interesting article on thechallenges ( and a few advatantages) for a construction comoany choosing esop:

      http://www.nceo.org/main/column.php/id/314

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to Cianbro and Woodard & Curran

  • Anonymous

    Good deal…

  • Anonymous

    Oh My!  Someone rigged the jury.

  • Guest

    I am proud that in a state that is frankly not in the best of shape still manages to have two top companies.

    Congrats to both companies…and are you hiring?! :)

  • Guest

    Congratulations to both companies!!

    Cianbro is one of an incresaing number of employee owned companies in the Fortune top 100 . The growth and vitality of employee owned companies  , especially in hard times tells us we would do well to make it a  point to foster and promote employee owned companies in maine rather than always looking to out of state white knghts of questionable valor.

    http://www.esopassociation.org/media/media_fortune100_pressrelease.asp

    Peter Vigue was from Aroostook I think, no special privilege in his background and worked his way up in Cianbro from the bottom.  His personal commitment and visions created key aspects of the business culture at Cianbro like its wellness program.  At top management schools like Sloan.Harvard and Tuck, they should studying companies like Cianbro , doing internships there and trying to grasp wha tit is about ESOPS that makes them so fertile.

    • sorry..I deleted this and corrected the fortune 100 ad reposted with the links to each of the two lists our Maine companies appeared on.

      My apologies…for messing up the blog on this good news story..

      for the record..Cianbr is not a Fortune 100 but ESOPS are incresaingly represented there…

  • fails to mention all the stimulis monies fundung GRID scale WIND, these two companies real growth.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to Cianbro and Woodard and Curran! All the hardwork paid off=the common denominator for success!!

  • Guest

    Employee owned??
    How many of Cianbro employees have there name on corporate file..
    Can they vote themselves a Raise,
    Do the employees elect the board members or does Peter just appoint them?
    Just wondering how you become employee owned and the employees have no voice.

  • Anonymous

    Finally,something to be proud about in Maine…

  • Anonymous

    I’ll congratulate Cianbro… when they stop conspiring with Canadians to steal our land.

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