Myron Sukut and Dick Coulson established Sukut-Coulson, Inc. in 1968 and were well-placed to respond to the residential housing boom that swept through Orange County in the 1970s. Sukut-Coulson provided grading for most of the major residential communities in the county. The company began to diversify into the larger public works arena, completing major dam, bridge and transportation projects, as well. By 1974, the company transitioned to Sukut Construction, with Myron Sukut serving as President. Under his leadership, Sukut implemented a professional consultation and engineering program to allow clients to assess the economic feasibility of complicated geotechnical issues and visualize innovative, workable solutions.
In the early 1980s, Sukut moved to its current corporate office on Chandler Avenue in Santa Ana, yet broadened its scope throughout the West, working on projects as varied as the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, major sections of I-15 Freeway in the Inland Empire and infrastructure for the City of Santa Margarita. Sukut also applied its earthmoving expertise for several world-class golf courses and resorts including Pelican Hill and Aviara; and its slope stabilization engineering expertise to complicated, hillside projects in La Jolla.
In 1990, Mike Crawford was named President of Sukut Construction. Founder, Myron Sukut assumed the role of Chairman of the Board. The decade was one of celebration and recognition as Sukut garnered more than 20 top industry awards for quality work and safety. Sukut completed the challenging 26-mile Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor within budget and 14-months ahead of schedule, moving 67 million cubic yards of earth and rock, (equal to approximately one-fourth the size of the Panama Canal). Hundreds of clients and employees celebrated Sukut's 30 years of earthmoving excellence with festivities on the Toll Road, prior to its opening. Sukut was also recognized for its exceptional safety performance for the completion of 57,497 safe work hours on the corridor project.
In 2000, Sukut was recognized as Contractor of the Year by the Southern California Contractors Association and named as one of the "Best Companies to Work for in 2000" by OC Metro magazine. In 2001, moving from the Nation's largest grading contractor into public works, Sukut focused on infrastructure, landfill expansions, and waste water construction. By 2002, Sukut had experienced exponential growth in revenues and its staff had grown to 300. In 2005, Sukut launched its Environmental Division. Several years earlier, Sukut had led the way to ensure cleaner air in Orange County by upgrading its equipment fleet with high-tech, computerized, emission-reduction engines and had also entered a long-term contract with the State of California Integrated Waste Management Board to eliminate illegal landfills and waste tire sites. While continuing to provide earth-moving technology at over 30 sites throughout California, Sukut was committed to expanding its role as steward in developing effective and environmentally sound earthmoving solutions.
Present & Beyond
Approaching the next decade, Sukut continues to do what it does best, “build from the ground down” with unparalleled earthmoving and civil engineering expertise in over ten areas: Alternative Energy, Emergency Response, Flood/Water Control, Grading & Excavation, Land Remediation and Landfill Maintenance, Recreation/Resorts Development, Shoring Techniques, Transportation, Underground Utilities, Large Water Systems and Water Infrastructure.