From engineering and construction to public relations and legal counsel, small professional and creative services firms are Vermont powerhouses, together comprising over 31,000 jobs. While the majority of these companies have under 100 employees, their revenues climb to over a billion dollars.
Bolstered by growth in state transportation and infrastructure projects, construction and engineering firms are experiencing increased revenue and business expansion. Two firms, Naylor & Breen Builders Inc of Brandon and Engelberth Construction of Colchester, rank in the top ten of Vermont Business Magazine’s “30-year fastest sales growth” companies, with both firms achieving impressive triple-, even quadruple-digit growth.
Vermont marketing firms Select Design and Keliher Samets Volk have some illustrious clients: just think about Dunkin Donuts, Mountain Dew, Nalgene, Seventh Generation, Jim Beam, Doritos, or Timberland—consumers around the world have seen their work. Leading edge law firms and full-service print shops, staffing agencies and government affairs advisors: these small businesses are the bedrock of Vermont’s economy.
The construction and engineering services sectors in particular are growing rapidly in Vermont. According to the McClure Foundation, construction sector job openings over the next ten years will number 2,430 for sheet metal workers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers and pipe fitters, HVAC installers, and power line installers. Over the next ten years Vermont’s need for engineers will also grow—580 more civil, mechanical, and electrical engineers will be needed.
Vermont is leveraging many resources to meet this need, and at the forefront are our educational institutions. There are 17 technical centers across the state offering programs ranging from architecture to construction tech to renewable energy. Postsecondary and advanced degree programs in architecture, civil and environmental engineering, construction management, electrical and mechanical engineering, renewable energy and green building, and more are offered at colleges and universities across the state. Continuing education opportunities abound in the form of certifications, licensures, and coursework in fields ranging from plumbing to weatherization.
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KEY FACTS AND FIGURES
Million in total construction wages
Professional & technical services jobs
Billion in professional & technical services total wages
[Source: Vermont Department of Labor, 2016 & 2017]
PROFESSIONAL & CREATIVE SERVICE FIRMS IN VERMONT
|Adecco||Staffing services||Northwest||South Burlington||775|
|Alliance Mechanical Inc||HVAC, mechanical installation services||Northwest||Essex Junction||100|
|ARC Mechanical Contractors||HVAC, mechanical installation services||Central||Bradford||38|
|Black River Design Architects||Architectural services||Central||Montpelier||17|
|Catamount Color||Printing services||Northwest||Essex||75|
|Champlain Housing Trust||Housing development, management, stewardship||Northwest||Burlington||90|
|Concepts NREC||Mechanical engineering services||Central||White River Junction||64|
|Connor Contracting||General contracting||Central||Berlin||35|
|DEW Construction Corp||Construction services||Northwest||Williston||93|
|Dinse Knapp & McAndrew||Legal services||Northwest, Central||Burlington, Montpelier||55|
|The Dock Doctors||Design, manufacture of commercial, residential docks||Northwest||Ferrisburgh||60|
|Dore & Whittier Architects||Architectural services||Northwest||Burlington||32|
|Downs Rachlin Martin||Legal services||Northwest||Burlington||116|
|DuBois & King Inc||Multidisciplinary engineering services||Central||Randolph||84|
|EF Wall & Associates||Construction services||Central||Barre||80|
|Engelberth Construction||Construction services||Northwest||Colchester||152|
|Engineering Ventures||Structural and civil engineering services||Northwest||Burlington||24|
|Facey Goss & McPhee||Legal services||Southern||Rutland||24|
|Freeman French Freeman||Architectural services||Northwest||Burlington||18|
|Holstein Association USA||Breed registry and genetic services||Southern||Brattleboro||70|
|Homestead Landscaping||Commercial and residential landscaping||Southern||Bondville||46|
|Keliher Samets Volk||Marketing communications||Northwest||Burlington||45|
|Lane Press Inc||Printing services||Northwest||Burlington||200|
|Langrock Sperry & Wool||Legal services||Northwest||Burlington||57|
|Leonine Public Affairs||Public relations and government affairs||Central||Montpelier||24|
|Manpower of Vermont||Employment agency||Northwest||South Burlington||375|
|LineSync Architecture||Architectural services||Southern||Wilmington||13|
|Naylor & Breen Builders Inc||Construction services||Central||Brandon||90|
|Neil H Daniels Inc||Heavy and highway construction||Southern||Ascutney||30|
|PC Construction||Construction services||Northwest||South Burlington||268|
|Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer||Legal services||Northwest, Central||Burlington, Montpelier||86|
|Resource Systems Group Inc||Data modeling and analysis||Northeast||White River Junction||64|
|Ryan Smith & Carbine||Legal services||Southern||Rutland||42|
|SD Ireland Concrete Construction Corp||Construction services||Northwest||South Burlington||380|
|Select Design Inc||Brand marketing/product development||Northwest||Burlington||100|
|Spherion||Employment agency||Northwest||South Burlington||230|
|Stone Environmental Inc||Environmental consulting services||Central||Montpelier||52|
|SVE Associates||Engineering services||Southern||Brattleboro||20|
|TPW Management||Real estate services||Southern||Manchester||63|
|Union Street Media||Website development||Northwest||Burlington||30|
|VHB||Structural and civil engineering services||Northwest||South Burlington||55|
|Walker Construction Inc||Construction services||Central||Stowe||60|