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AGC of Iowa Recognizes Local Construction Firm

February 18, 2009
Reinbeck Courier

The Associated General Contractors of Iowa recently awarded its Bravo Award to Peterson Contractors Inc. of Reinbeck. The Bravo Award is the highest corporate award that the chapter can present to one of its member companies.

The devastating natural disasters throughout Iowa in 2008 challenged many of our fellow citizens. AGC of Iowa members suffered damage as well. In addition to dealing with their own problems many of our members donated money, personnel, equipment, or materials to deal with flooding and tornado clean-up. To recognize these members AGC of Iowa presented them with the "Operation Bulldozer" Bravo Award.

Peterson Contractors, Inc. - Peterson Contractors was quick to respond to help after the Parkersburg tornado and the floods that effected Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City this past spring. Their employees were at the scenes quickly, with the attitude of "we are ready to help with whatever we can."

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Todd Peterson receives Bravo Award, the Bravo Award is the highest Coporate award that the chapter can persent to one of its member companies.

On Sunday, May 25th employees of PCI were contacted by family members immediately after a F5 tornado devastated Parkersburg. Without hesitation PCI provided operators and equipment to help in any way possible. Portable lights and generator helped rescue personnel work through the night. PCI even helped move a semi trailer off a house so that family members could recover their grandfather's military medals from World War II and their grandmother's hand made quilts. PCI was also called to help with chemical cleanup at the Sinclair elevator. The tornado and heavy rains threatened to push spilled chemicals into the nearby river.

Less than two weeks later, the cities of Cedar Falls and Waterloo were desperately preparing for large amounts of water moving down the Cedar River towards their cities. PCI was called to action to help dam both ends of the 18th Street Bridge in Waterloo. Water rose so quickly in Cedar Falls the city officials were sure water would breech the levee, flooding the business district. PCI assembled all available dump trucks & drivers from within PCI and other local contractors to haul sand to the levee area for sandbagging. They were so successful in preventing major flooding that one local restaurant owner was quoted as saying "Thank God for the levee. Thank God for PCI. Thank God for the volunteers. Thank God our downtown is not under water."

In Cedar Rapids, PCI helped to clear what was left of the train car laden Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway Co. Bridge.

PCI also helped out other organizations and communities: ISU Student Chapter of AGC, Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, Heroes Among Us recognition of local heroes, Samaritan's Purse - international relief organization, Operation First Response, Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, and Northwest Iowa Community College.

The members honored with Bravo Awards go the extra mile to try to improve the quality of life in their communities through contributions of cash, labor, materials, equipment and project management. Benefactors include community and recreation centers, youth organizations, schools and colleges, charitable organizations, health service groups, and many more.

The Associated General Contractors of Iowa (AGC/I) is Iowa's largest and oldest association of heavy/highway and municipal/utility contractors. AGC/I represents more than 400 firms, including Iowa's leading contractors and their service providers and suppliers. AGC/I members are the "Public's Partner in Building Iowa's Highway, Bridge, And Municipal/Utility Infrastructure."



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