About Texas Sterling Construction Company
Sterling Construction Company was founded in 1955 in Sterling Heights, Michigan. As an underground infrastructure company, Sterling steadily gained market share over the next two decades, growing to become one of Michigan’s most experienced, reliable, and well-known contractors. That success continued until the early 1980’s when Sterling faced the harsh impacts of a significantly diminished building market in Michigan. Determined and opportunistic, Sterling’s leadership relocated the company to a more active construction market in Houston, Texas and became Texas Sterling Construction Co. (TSC).
It wasn’t long after TSC settled in the great state of Texas that the company began to experience success once again. By delivering high-quality projects and gaining repeat business, TSC was rapidly increasing market share. In 1990, TSC made the decision to expand their civil services by adding a paving division to its operations. This allowed the company to self-perform a full spectrum of civil concrete projects. By the end of the decade, TSC was being awarded large highway paving and bridge projects for the Texas Department of Transportation. The unwavering determination and commitment to building and delivering quality projects on schedule and below budget earned TSC a reputation as a premier contractor in the Houston area. In 1996, the company expanded to the Dallas market and in 2002, set up an office in San Antonio. Capitalizing on continued growth and success, TSC became listed as a publicly traded company on the American Stock Exchange in 2004, under the name Sterling Construction Company Inc.
Today, TSC operates throughout Texas constructing some of the state’s most notable and important projects which include roadway construction, underground infrastructure, bridges and other civil projects for federal, state, local and private clients utilizing both traditional and alternative delivery contract models.
TSC now operates as a subsidiary of Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (Sterling), which serves as its parent company. As Sterling strives to enrich the current and future client experience, the company is moving towards a customer and industry-focused approach. This has led to the acquisition of several companies across the western region of the United States including J. Banicki Construction, Inc.; Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company, LLC; Road and Highway Builders, LLC; Myers & Sons Construction, LP; Tealstone; and RDI Drilling.
These strategic acquisitions have created diverse market segment expansions to our local areas. Through company-wide technical expertise, Sterling’s local offices can provide competitive pricing, established relationships with subcontractors and suppliers, and familiarity with regulatory agencies and requirements to successfully deliver projects in these additional market segments.
1955 – Sterling Construction Company starts in Sterling Heights Michigan
1981 – Sterling Construction Company closes Michigan office and becomes Texas Sterling Construction Co. based in Houston, Texas
1990 – Paving division added
1996 – Area office opened in Dallas, Texas to capitalize on growing North Texas opportunities
2002 – Area office opened in San Antonio, Texas to capture growing South and West Texas opportunities
2004 – Sterling Construction Company Inc. is registered as a publicly traded company on the American Stock Exchange
TSC focuses on the following market segments:
- Road and Highway
- Underground Utilities & Drainage
- Water Transmission
As a self-performing general contractor, TSC offers highly skilled and experienced construction professionals while promoting a collaborative environment. Our approach incorporates value-added services and high-tech systems and practices to maximize efficiency and deliver high-quality projects. We look for opportunities throughout the project to optimize cost savings, improve productivity, reduce operational impact, enhance quality and increase durability. TSC values partnering with each and every client to increase team cohesion creating a collaborative and trusted environment amongst the project team.
Major Clients include Texas Department of Transportation; Harris County Toll Road Authority; City of Houston; City of Garland; City of Mesquite; City of Frisco; City of San Antonio, Bexar County; and Hays County. Notable projects are detailed under Projects.
Our ability to be recognized as a premier contractor and deliver high-quality projects can be attributed to the environment and culture in which we operate under. TSC is based on principles that incorporate ethics and integrity and is committed to a work environment that enables all employees to be safe, empowered, and be provided opportunities for growth and development.
TSC promotes a strong safety culture with a commitment from executive leadership to field personnel, along with a dedicated and daily focus, both in our offices and at all job sites. Any TSC employee has the authority to stop work if such conditions exist that it puts the safety and well-being of employees or others surrounding the work at risk. These practices have kept our people safe and our company OSHA recordable incident rate and EMR well below the industry standard. In 2017, our EMR was 0.82.
Every employee is trusted and empowered to enhance the TSC experience for its clients. We value everyone’s thoughts, ideas, and contributions; promoting open and honest communication. Whether it’s providing alternative suggestions to the norm or offering new ideas to the entire process, our employees are encouraged and valued for their contributions to enhancing project, company and industry practices.
TSC fosters employee growth and development by offering training opportunities to create new skillsets or enhance those already utilized in current roles. Employees are provided career path mapping and cross training when interests take them in a new direction. Dedication and hard work of our employees are rewarded through promotion, compensation, and recognition from both local office and corporate leadership.
From the American Cancer Society to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, dozens of philanthropic organizations, both locally and nationally have benefited from TSC’s generosity. Our employees’ commitment to helping and enriching the communities in which we live and work is steadfast. Some highlights of giving back to our communities include helping the City of Houston execute clean up and removal of drug affiliated houses in Houston’s inner city; assisting in hurricane relief to displaced citizens and providing a food and water drive; holding back-to-school drives for local schools, and participating yearly in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to fund scholarships for local students. Our caring and dedicated employees make it possible for TSC to have such a positive impact in these great organizations and within our communities.
Rankings and Awards
- Magnolia Road Expansion Project Award Project of the Year in June 2010 by American Public Works Association (APWA)
- Bexar County FM 1604 Lower Seguin Road to IH-10 Project Award Project of the Year in June 2016 by American Public Works Association (APWA)
- University Boulevard South Project of The Year in February 2013 by The City of Sugarland
- US Army Corps of Engineers - Fort Worth District "Operation Annual Reward Safety" Medium Contract Award - W. W. White Bridge, Fort Sam Houston, Texas (2009)
In 2015, ENR ranked TSC as:
- #19 in The Top 20 Contractors by Sector – Transportation
- #18 in the Top 50 Domestic Heavy Contractors
- #100 on the ENR Top 400 Contractors List
In 2018, ENR has ranked TSC as:
- #17 in The Top 20 Contractors by Sector – Transportation
- #17 in the Top 50 Domestic Heavy Contractors
- #85 on the ENR Top 400 Contractors List