EMJ ranks #69 on ENR’s list of Top 400 Contractors

ENR Top 400 Contractors


Last week, we received news that EMJ Corporation ranks #69 on Engineering News-Record’s 2017 list of the Top 400 Contractors in the U.S.

This is EMJ’s 25th year on ENR’s list. We started at #166 back in 1992. In 2014, we ranked #129, followed by #101 in 2015, and #82 in 2016.

Today, our ranking, and our progress and growth, is due to our family of companies, each of our outstanding employees and the exceptional experience they deliver to our clients on every completed project.

Among these companies, EMJ Construction’s offices in Boston, Dallas and Chattanooga continue to elevate our brand through exceptional project delivery in a variety of sectors. EMJ’s teams have diversified their scope of work and expanded into industrial, distribution, multi-unit housing, healthcare, hospitality and more.

EMJ Special Projects, formerly Accent Construction Services, continues to serve the needs of clients seeking quick turnaround, single-tenant builds. The company has carved out a niche in adaptive reuse and historic renovation that has opened the doors to unique and innovative opportunities.

And, RedStone Construction Services, a Native-owned company based in Tulsa, Okla., just completed the corporation’s largest project in history, River Spirit Casino Resort.

If you take a deeper dive into the ENR rankings, you will see that EMJ ranks #15 in the Power sector. This is because of Signal Energy, which provides engineering, procurement and construction for renewable energy and infrastructure projects throughout North America. Among Signal’s top projects in 2016 were the Amazon Solar Farm in Virginia and Tranquility Solar Project in California.

While this ranking is a great honor for EMJ’s family of companies, in many ways it represents the accomplishments and growth of our clients who have partnered with us for many years.


What’s next?

So where does EMJ go from here? How do we elevate our efforts to set new standards within the industry and serve our clients better than the competition? Our people and C2C.

We have an exceptionally talented group of people at EMJ. Our team is of high integrity and a strong moral compass. Our culture of servant leadership guides us in serving our clients, but also each other.

Our C2C approach is centered around our clients and drives our teams to deliver unique value to our clients, partners and colleagues. The result is an exceptional construction experience that builds trusted relationships and transforms the way people view our industry.

By practicing servant leadership and aiming to live up to our values—honest, selfless, passionate, smart, responsible and gritty—in everything that we do, we are set up for success for years to come.

River Spirit Casino Resort team receives Jolley for Outstanding Project

In 2016, EMJ launched the Edgar M. Jolley Awards for Excellence to recognize exceptional work within the family of companies. The “Jolleys,” named in memory of EMJ’s founder, are presented in three categories: Outstanding Performance, Outstanding Servant Leadership and Outstanding Project. In this three-part blog series, EMJ highlights our Jolley recipients, and why they were selected for these awards.


Directors and Vice Presidents of the corporation nominate for The Jolley for Outstanding Project, which recognizes a project team’s collaboration and unique value-creation. Outstanding teams exemplify innovation through C2C, demonstrate admirable planning and execution, overcome unusual challenges, and build relationships through an exceptional client experience. In this four-part blog series, we highlight EMJ’s outstanding project teams and the reasons behind their selections for these awards.

This year, EMJ recognized four projects with this award:

Shaw T1 Plant, Adairsville, Ga.
River Spirit Casino Resort, Tulsa, Okla.
Farmer Brothers Headquarters, Northlake, Texas
Bass Pro Shops, Gainesville, Fla.

In the coming weeks, we will highlight each project and the team that brought it to life on the blog. This week, we’re featuring RedStone’s River Spirit Casino and hotel expansion and the 24 members of the project team.


River Spirit Casino and hotel expansion is a two-phase project on which RedStone Construction partnered with Manhattan Construction Company. The project included the site work for and construction of the 29-story hotel tower, 2,500-seat Paradise Cove entertainment venue, six-level parking garage, grand ballroom, retail center, resort spa, outdoor pool and bar, and additional gaming space.

The resort also includes a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar, Johnny Rockets, Scoreboard Sports Bar and a buffet and grill.

After the client expressed a desire to open 50% of the project earlier than the originally-stated completion date, the team “took a deadline that was nearly impossible,” and went above and beyond to deliver an exceptional project to the client “with grace and poise that we should strive to attain every day.”



Even with a month removed from the initial project schedule, the team remained focused and captured more than $37 million worth of savings during the course of the project by implementing creative solutions and design alterations.

“This team was dedicated to providing an outstanding construction experience for the client, even under tremendous pressure to complete the project early,” said Lance Gopffarth, Executive Vice President. “Each member of the Manhattan-RedStone partnership prioritized the client’s goals and held them above their own needs, and as a result, this project has been one of our greatest achievements in our company’s history.”


River Spirit team members include:

Bryan Adson, Lauren Boochie, Mike Coyne, Roy Cramer, Walter Darr, Money Dexter, Jason Dunnam, Donnie Foreman, Pat Freeman, Chris Hart, Allison Howison, Tammy Johnson, Jason Jones, Leta Lambert, Ted Lambert, Gordon Lingley, John Massetti, Hope Miller, Denver Moody, William Mosher, Anita Pfeiffer, Greg Pfeuffer, David Ramer, and Dave Sprague.

The official grand opening celebration for the resort will be held on April 15, 2017.

EMJ’s Year in Review: A look back at our work in 2016

2016: Year in Review

2016 was a successful year for EMJ and our family of companies.

Not only was it the largest revenue year in our nearly 50 years of history, but we were also honored to be ranked #82 of Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 General Contractors in the country, climbing 19 spots since 2015.

We do not take this growth for granted and know it is due to our loyal clients, who help us to become better servant leaders with each project we complete, and our employees, who build strong relationships and continually grow for the greater success of the company.

From all of us at EMJ, enjoy our Year in Review. From the projects we are most proud of, to the investments we’ve made in our employees, to our efforts within our communities, we believe our progress reflects who we are.