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||7361 Employment Services||Northwest||South Burlington||775|
|Alliance Mechanical Inc||1711 HVAC||Northwest||Essex Junction||112|
|ARC Mechanical Contractors||1711 HVAC||Central||Bradford||38|
|Black River Design Architects||8712 Architects||Central||Montpelier||17|
|Catamount Color||2752 Printers||Northwest||Essex||75|
|Champlain Housing Trust||8741 Management Services||Northwest||Burlington||90|
|Concepts NREC||3469 Boilers/Stoves/heaters, 7372 Software/ Computer, 8711 Engineers||Central||White River Junction||110|
|Connor Contracting||1521 Contractors/ General||Central||Berlin||35|
|DEW Construction Corp||1521 Contractors/ General||Northwest||Williston||150|
|Dinse Knapp & McAndrew||8111 Lawyers||Northwest, Central||Burlington, Montpelier||55|
|The Dock Doctors||1521 Contractors/ General||Northwest||Ferrisburgh||60|
|Dore & Whittier Architects||8711 Engineers, 8712 Architects||Northwest||Burlington||32|
|Downs Rachlin Martin||8111 Lawyers||Northwest||Burlington||116|
|DuBois & King Inc||8711 Engineers, 8734 testing Labs||Central||Randolph||104|
|EF Wall & Associates||1521 Contractors/ General||Central||Barre||80|
|Engelberth Construction||1521 Contractors/ General||Northwest||Colchester||158|
|Engineering Ventures||8711 Engineers||Northwest||Burlington||23|
|Facey Goss & McPhee||8111 Lawyers||Southern||Rutland||23|
|Freeman French Freeman||8712 Architects||Northwest||Burlington||19|
|Holstein Association USA||0752 Breed/ Pet Services||Southern||Brattleboro||70|
|Homestead Landscaping||0781 Landscape Design||Southern||Bondville||46|
|Keliher Samets Volk||7311 Advertising/ Media Agencies||Northwest||Burlington||45|
|Lane Press Inc||2752 Printers||Northwest||Burlington||200|
|Langrock Sperry & Wool||8111 Lawyers||Northwest||Burlington||57|
|Leonine Public Affairs||8748 Consultants/ Business||Central||Montpelier||24|
|Manpower of Vermont||7361 Employment Services||Northwest||South Burlington||375|
|LineSync Architecture||8712 Architects||Southern||Wilmington||13|
|Naylor & Breen Builders||1521 Contractors/ General||Central||Brandon||90|
|Neil H Daniels Inc||1541 Contractors/ Commercial, 1629 Earth Moving||Southern||Ascutney||35|
|PC Construction||1521 Contractors/ General, 1629 Earth Moving||Northwest||South Burlington||242|
|Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer||8111 Lawyers||Northwest, Central||Burlington, Montpelier||86|
|Resource Systems Group Inc||8711 Engineers||Northeast||White River Junction||64|
|Ryan Smith & Carbine||8111 Lawyers||Southern||Rutland||42|
|SD Ireland Concrete Construction Corp||1721 Painters,3272 Concrete Products, 5211 Building Materials||Northwest||South Burlington||380|
|Select Design Inc||7336 Design/ Graphic/ Website||Northwest||Burlington||100|
|Spherion||7361 Employment Services||Northwest||South Burlington||230|
|Stone Environmental||8711 Engineers||Central||Montpelier||52|
|SVE Associates||8099 Health Services/ Nec||Southern||Brattleboro||10|
|TPW Management||6531 Real Estate Management||Southern||Manchester||63|
|Union Street Media||7336 Design/ Graphic/ Website||Northwest||Burlington||30|
|VHB||8711 Engineers, 9511 Environmental Services||Northwest||South Burlington||61|
|Walker Construction||1771 Concrete Contractors||Central||Stowe||60|
|Westaff||7361 Employment Services||Northwest||Williston||275|
|Gallagher Flynn & Company||541211 Certified Public Accountants||Northwest||South Burlington||72|
|AM Peisch & Company||541211 Certified Public Accountants||Statewide||Statewide||45|
|Mondo Mediaworks||7336 Design/ Graphic/ Website||Southern||Brattleboro||15|