Local business PDC Construction awarded Small Business Contractor of the Year

Published 4:28 pm Friday, June 30, 2017

Doug Young’s two children pose next to him in Washington D.C. after he won Small Business Contractor of the Year.

Doug Young, owner of PDC Construction has been in business for 14 years. Most recently he has been trying to break into the industry of federal contracting. His first job in federal contracting was for the National Peanut Lab in Dawson, Georgia. Young was worried the first job didn’t go so well because of some subcontracting issues, however he was in for the surprise of a lifetime.

Young bid the project from a Federal purchasing agent, Juan Gantan. After seeing the performance of Young and his team even when the subcontractors didn’t do as they were supposed to, he was so impressed he wrote a letter of nomination for Small Business Contractor of the Year. Young was unaware of the letter and was in shock when he later received an email saying they had won.

“I had to call and make sure it was real,” said Young. “We get solicitations all the time, and I wanted to make sure it wasn’t another one of those.”

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Young was invited to receive his award in Washington, D.C. He was presented his award at the Jamie L. Whitten Building, home of the administrative offices to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Michelle Warren and Malcolm A. Shorter, acting assistant secretary for administration presented him with the award.

Since the award, the National Peanut Lab in Dawson has contacted him for another job. Young is dedicated to working wherever the job takes him. He contracts school work and public work. He is working on a college and career academy at Cairo High School and doing football stadium renovations at Thomas County High School.

In addition to that he has added on a wing at Schley County Elementary School and renovated Schley County High School. He has also worked with Friendship House, City Hall, the tennis courts at Bill Reynolds Tennis Center and remodeled the Fire House Art Center.