FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has announced that it has named David Allen Co. of Raleigh, N.C., as its 2015 Contractor of the Year. Art Odom, president of the company, accepted ABC's highest honor at the 26th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards gala on March 2nd in "David Allen Co. has a well-deserved reputation as a leader in innovative and high-quality craftsmanship throughout the construction and design industries, and I am thrilled to honor them as ABC Contractor of the Year," said David Chapin, 2016 national chair of ABC and president of Willmar Electric Service in Lincoln, NE. "The company demonstrates an impressive commitment not only to spectacular finished products, but also to industry-leading safety and professional development practices."

Founded in 1920, David Allen Co. has grown to become one of the nation's largest marble, granite, terrazzo, tile and underlayment contractors, with nearly 500 employees and craft professionals at its offices in Birmingham, AL, Columbia, S.C., Miami, FL, and Washington, D.C. In 2015, David Allen Co. achieved ABC's safety training evaluation process platinum status. The company also boasts an exceptionally low experience modification rate of 0.63, signaling it is among the safest construction companies in the U.S.

David Allen Co. demonstrates a commitment to the community through initiatives including awarding an annual scholarship to a student at the North Carolina State University College of Architecture and hosting a golf tournament that has supported both the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Paralyzed American Veterans.

The company's portfolio includes national landmarks such as the White House, the Pentagon, the National Archives, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Miami, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Washington Reagan international airports and numerous educational, government, hospitality, institutional and medical interiors and exteriors.

The company also received an Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award for its work on the Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, AL, during the gala.

The ABC Contractor of the Year Award recognizes an exceptional individual or company in the construction industry for leadership in training, behavior-based safety, prefabrication and lean processes and commitment to the merit shop philosophy. The award is presented annually at the Excellence in Construction Awards gala during ABC Workforce Week.