SOURCE: The Cianbro Companies

April 22, 2008 16:17 ET

Peter G. Vigue Named One of the Top 25 Newsmakers for 2007 by McGraw-Hill Construction's "Engineering News-Record"

More Than 1,400 Construction Industry Leaders Attend Award of Excellence and Top 25 Newsmakers Awards Dinner in New York

PITTSFIELD, ME--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - Peter G. Vigue received one of 25 Top Newsmakers Awards from "Engineering News-Record" (ENR) -- McGraw-Hill Construction's prestigious news magazine, which is part of the McGraw-Hill Companies. The 43rd annual awards dinner was held April 3 at the New York Marriott Marquis. It was attended by more than 1,400 construction industry leaders.

Peter G. Vigue, Chairman of the Cianbro Companies, was recognized for creating a new economic paradigm for business and communities. As chairman of employee-owned Cianbro, Peter Vigue is transforming the long-time Pittsfield, Maine-based contractor into a regional manufacturing and economic development powerhouse by investing in shipbuilding, oilrig construction and modular industrial process-plant construction. His goal is to keep ownership and employment local, so that areas losing traditional industries can continue creating good-paying jobs that bring workers dignity and benefits.

Vigue started as a Cianbro laborer in 1970, and became company president in 1991. Several years ago, rather than shift rising health-care costs to employees, he started a proactive wellness program to cut costs by reducing risky behavior, such as smoking. He also started a nationally recognized safety program. Vigue's vision brings needed industrial projects to Maine. One is a 54-module deal with Motiva Enterprises, which is expanding its Port Arthur, Texas oil refinery. The $7-billion project will make the refinery the largest in the U.S. That job alone will provide work for over 500 Maine tradesmen, working from a former paper mill that Cianbro has converted to a modular assembly yard. This modular approach will help stem Maine's loss of skilled labor due to pulp and paper mill closings. Project owners increasingly favor modules because they help ensure schedule and quality.

Recipients of The Award of Excellence and Top 25 Newsmakers were selected from a large pool of nominees who were judged by "ENR" editors to have made the most important contributions to the industry in the preceding year. "ENR" magazine is considered the leader in reporting news, events, trends and analysis in the construction industry.

"Our Top 25 Newsmakers represent individuals who had the vision, fortitude, desire, and in some cases, courage, to make a significant difference in the construction industry," said Janice L. Tuchman, editor-in-chief of "ENR." "They best represent the 'can do' spirit of the industry, and their success is admired by their peers."

About Cianbro: Cianbro (pronounced CHIN-BRO) is an employee-owned company and a leading health and safety innovator providing construction and service solutions to clients throughout North America. With the ability to self-perform all aspects of heavy industrial and civil construction projects, Cianbro also provides steel fabrication, modularized construction and construction management services. For more information, please visit

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