Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Manhattan Ranked 47th Largest Builder

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Manhattan Ranked 47th Largest Builder

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What may be the oldest company in Oklahoma - Tulsa-based Manhattan Building Companies Inc. - ranks as the 47th largest general building contractor in the nation, according to an annual survey in Engineering News-Record.

Manhattan Building Companies, with a branch office at 3235 W. Memorial Rd. in Oklahoma City, is the contractor for the OU Energy Center in Norman and the East Tower addition to Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

The firm just won a bid to construct a city-county jail planned for Oklahoma City. Manhattan's winning low bid was $45.71 million, followed by $46.24 million by Flintco Inc., also based in Tulsa with an Oklahoma City branch office. Third was Blount International of Montgomery, Ala., $46.33 million.

Construction of the city-county jail is scheduled to begin in the next three to four weeks, according to Manhattan president Francis Rooney III.

Engineering News-Record, a weekly construction magazine published by McGraw-Hill Inc. in New York, N.Y., included Manhattan in its "Top 400" based on $217.2 million-plus in 1988 contracts.

Accounting for $40 million of that sum was a contract for construction management work on a convention center in Mobile, Ala.

Engineering News-Record also ranked Manhattan 114th in its Top 400 in an overall category which includes several construction specialties besides building.

"We've been consistently in it for years," vice-president Rick McKinney said of the survey. He said the firm has been ranked anywhere from 90th to 130th in dollar volume before cracking the top 50 this year.

Manhattan Building Companies' principal construction subsidiary is Manhattan Construction Co. Besides Oklahoma City, other branch offices are in Dallas; Houston; San Antonio; Mobile, Ala.; and Washington, D.C.

According to McKinney, Manhattan Building Companies is the oldest official company in Oklahoma. He said it was granted a corporate charter on Sept. 29, 1907, after being founded in Chandler in 1896 and later moving to Muskogee. Muskogee is still the site of Manhattan's accounting office.

Manhattan built Oklahoma's first capitol building in Guthrie, McKinney said. …

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