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Local named Contractor of the Year

COVINGTON - Regina Shelnutt of Robert M. Anderson Inc., based in Covington, has been named 2008-09 Contractor of the Year by Georgia Utility Contractors Association Inc.

Shelnutt served as committee co-chairman on the Education Committee and as 2008-2009 GUCA Board Member and will serve as an officer in 2009-2010 when she inherits the title of treasurer. She is the chairman of the GUCA Scholarship Foundation and also serves as director on the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia Board. This year she helped lead the foundation's fundraiser.

Born and raised in Georgia, Shelnutt graduated from Loganville High School in 1984 before attending Bauder College where she obtained her associate degree in 1986. She has been married for 23 years and has raised three children.

"My current goals are to guide the expansion of Robert M. Anderson's project base into more of the Southeastern Region of the U.S. and into federal contracting opportunities; and to continue raising awareness of the utility industry through education within Georgia's high schools and technical colleges," Shelnutt said.

Robert M. Anderson Inc. was founded in 1948. The business started as a grading and pipeline contractor in DeKalb County and over the years has grown to average more than $20 million in annual revenues, with more than 100 employees and a substantial fleet of equipment.

Shelnutt is secretary/

treasurer of Robert M. Anderson Inc. and operating manager of Advanced Clearing Concepts LLC.

The majority of the company's work has been in the development of subdivisions in the Atlanta metropolitan area, but commercial developments, road construction projects and government projects have been a significant part of their work. Robert M. Anderson Inc. specializes in private and public site preparation, which includes timber harvesting, clearing, grading, sewer, storm drain, water, erosion and curb and paving.

Robert M. Anderson Inc. has been active in community involvement with the FFA, Habitat for Humanity and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce.

Georgia Utility Contractors Association Inc. is a nonprofit state trade association located in metro Atlanta representing more than 360 contractors and affiliated firms statewide. GUCA represents the work force who supplies, installs and rehabilitates the infrastructure of water, sewer, gas, electrical, telecommunications and other underground utility systems for the public and private sector including pipe and plant installation. For more information about GUCA, visit www.guca.com.