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Excavating and Demolition Contractors

SIC 1794 & 1795 | NAICS 238910

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Excavating Contractors  (view report)
Demolition & Wrecking Contractors  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Forrester Media, Inc.
Grading & Excavation Contractor

Bimonthly trade journal features news and information for earthmoving and excavating professionals, with topics covered in each issue including industry news and events, business operations, project profiles, construction equipment, safety and training, and technology implementation. Articles from archived issues are available to subscribers only, with free subscription available to qualified parties.

Site Preparation Contractors

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

National Utility Contractors Association
Utility Contractor

Monthly publication features news and information for the excavation and underground utility industry, with topics covered in various issues including field operations, construction equipment, equipment financing and leasing, fleet management, insurance, software and technology, and legislative and regulatory developments. Selected articles from current and archived editions are available online.

KHL Group
D&RI Magazine

Bimonthly trade magazine features news and information for the demolition and recycling industry, with topics addressed in each issue including industry news, site reports, equipment reviews, and trade events, and special reports including the "Top 100 Demolition Contractors" report (May/June issue) which ranks firms by revenue on a global and regional basis (e.g., North America, Europe).

National Demolition Association
Information resources available from this trade association include:

Demolition 101 / F.A.Q. / faq
Introductory sections provide a summary overview of the demolition process and address frequently asked questions regarding the process, with topics covered in these sections including equipment and technology, interior demolition, structural dismantlement, deconstruction, usage of explosives, construction waste and demolition debris recycling, industrial recovery, and regulatory environment.

Demolition Magazine
Bimonthly trade magazine features news and information for demolition industry professionals, with topics addressed in various issues including company and project profiles, business management techniques, new product information, emerging technologies, and regulatory developments. Current and archived digital editions of the publication are available online in both flipbook and PDF formats.

Demolition: Practices, Technology, and Management
Comprehensive reference guide addresses various aspects of the demolition business from both a technical and management standpoint, with topics covered in this guide including types of projects, operational practices, regulatory environment, contracts, project safety, typical types of equipment, use of explosives, debris handling and recycling, disaster response role, and project management.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Excavation Contractors / Wrecking and Demolition Contractors  Search for "238910"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Excavating Contractors / Demolition & Wrecking Contractors
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of sales for firms that perform site preparation activities such as clearing, leveling, and grading land, preparing sites for building and structural foundations, excavating trenches for utility lines and drainage systems, demolishing buildings and other structures, and recycling and salvaging debris.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Excavating and Loading Equipment Operators / Explosives Workers / explosives

Annual employment and wage surveys provide hourly and annual wage data for equipment operators who operate earthmoving, excavating, and loading equipment such as excavators, scrapers, graders, bulldozers, backhoes, and front-end loaders, and explosives workers who use explosives to demolish buildings and other structures and to loosen, displace, or remove earth, rocks, and other materials.

PayScale, Inc.
Compensation information available from this organization includes:

Excavation Contractors
Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage rates for selected job positions such as project estimator, project manager, foreman, heavy equipment operator, truck driver, and laborer for contractors that use earthmoving and excavating equipment to clear and grade land, prepare sites for building and structural foundations, and dig trenches for utility line and drainage system installations.

Explosives Worker / Ordnance Handling Expert
Free online service provides compensation data for explosives workers by level of experience and for selected locations, with personnel included in this occupational category commonly employed in the construction and mining sectors and primarily engaged in assessing sites to determine quantity, type, and placement of explosives, securing the blast radius, and detonating blasts and evaluating results.

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