By Ryan Aukerman
2021 came and went very fast and it shaped up to be another great year for Griffith Company. I greatly appreciate the hard work and discipline by the many men and women of Griffith, to help us achieve great results. This was made possible because of careful planning, coordination, and solid execution of the work that we do best, further attributed to solid collaboration between our Estimators, Superintendents, Project Managers, Foreman, Project Engineers, field forces, administration, and office staff. It takes every single person working together and helping one another to make our company the great company that it is.
Overall, our estimating teams bid 1,162 projects at a combined value of $2.9 billion dollars. We were low on 154 of those projects and a value of $633.5 Million. The operation teams placed $318.2 Million of work in the ground spread out over 318 projects. Last year started the launch of our new San Diego operation, opening an office in Scripps Ranch and landing the largest solo project to date in our company history.
As we look forward to 2022, the company is sitting in a prime position to have another successful year. We have more backlog than ever and the opportunities out ahead of us are plentiful. Our work is more diverse than ever, in the market sectors we serve, owners/contractors we work with, size of projects we build, and types of deliver methods we perform. Our resume in alternative delivery continues to grow along with the additional strategic partnerships we forge, teaming with companies that are aligned culturally with ours.
Our biggest challenges moving forward are rising inflation, labor shortages, supply chain disruptions and a volatile political environment from both a state and federal level. It is very difficult to change any of these hurdles from a company standpoint but not from an individual standpoint. I would like to encourage you to become knowledgeable about the current political environment and get out to vote for candidates that help our industry. This is the only way we are going to be able to make a change with the political challenges we have ahead of us.