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Diggin' It!

ISSUE NUMBER 12                                                     NOVEMBER 2012 

In This Issue
Bennett Recipe
This Month's Quote
Contractor of the Year Award
Bennett Job Update
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 45 min
Yield: Approx 40 dates


 One of the easiest and most delicious appetizers I've ever eaten. And, admittedly, I NEVER thought that I liked dates until I ate these. You'll love them, too. I promise!!!
1 - pkg bacon
1 - pkg Pitted Medjool Dates
(we like the Bard Valley brand)

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cut all bacon strips in the package in half.

3. Wrap each individual date with a 1/2 slice of bacon. If you want to secure with a toothpick you can.

4. Place the dates on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven.

5. Bake until bacon looks crispy, this can take between
25 and 35 minutes. 

6. Eat 'em up!


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"The reason a lot of people don't recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking like hard work." 
-- Thomas Edison

We are proud to have launched a brand-new website at The site, designed by White Radish Design, features information about our company's capabilities and we are extremely proud to showcase testimonials from a wide variety of diverse customers and clients that we have worked with over the years. Check us out on the web when you've got a moment. The "NEWS" page features past issues of "Diggin' It" and also tells you which recipes are in each issue... that way you can now stop calling me and asking for the Breakfast Awesomeness Casserole recipe, you can find it yourself on our website! LOL
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Is it just me or did this year in particular fly by? As we welcome November and get ready to cast our vote in the election today and then zoom headlong into the crazy holiday season I seem to remember it taking FOREVER for Christmas to get here when I was a kid. But, of course, that was a looooong time ago. Happy reading, Friends!
Bennett Contracting Named Safety Winner at Equipment World Magazine's 2012 Contractor of Year Event in Las Vegas

We were delighted to be honored as the "Safety Award Winner" at the 2012 Equipment World Magazine Contractor of the Year event for 2012, sponsored by Caterpillar.

Contractor of the Year Award 

 Bennett Contracting will be featured in an upcoming issue of Equipment World Magazine and we will be sure to share that article with all of you once it is printed. Jason and Alisa received a trip to Las Vegas to particpate in an industry roundtable, the Contractor of the Year banquet and attend a NASCAR race as a guest of contest sponsor Caterpillar, Inc. We were able to meet Jeff Burton, driver of NASCAR's #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet. Pictured above are Jason and Alisa with Marcia Gruver-Doyle, Editor of Equipment World Magazine and Caterpillar Representative Steve Hinton. 


A link to information about the annual competition with the 2011 winner profiled can be viewed at the following link: Congratulations are also in order for Steve Cosper of Granite Construction in North Carolina. He was the overall Contractor of the Year winner and is an all around super guy!

Bennett Team Profile: Joe Zinkhan

Joe ZinkhanJoe Zinkhan started working at Bennett as our Dump Truck Driver more than three years ago. He came to us as an over the road trucker looking to spend more time at home than on the highway. Joe has always had a "can-do" attitude and in order to learn more about the construction business he decided to move into field operations. Joe is now supervising job sites and directing our crews when it comes to Concrete and Earthwork. Joe is even starting to learn the ropes of underground utility work. Originally from Bleeker, New York, Joe and his wife Jamie have one son, Jacob. In his spare time Joe plays competitive billiards and enjoys renovating their new house.

 JOB UPDATE: Diggin' Around Town

Concrete Pour at Booker High School 

Bennett Contracting has just been awarded the Rolling Green Apartments Project with CPG Construction of Winter Park, FL, at the intersection of Tuttle Avenue and Myrtle Street. Work is also underway at the Longboat Key Club Moorings and at Venetian Plaza in Venice. Work continues at Booker High School -- a three year replacement school project scheduled to be finished in 2013. Shown above is a concrete pour at Booker High School, part of the more than 254,000 SF of concrete Bennett will pour on the job!
We have recently completed the following projects: Bay Area Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery Center on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton, the Best Buy Mobile Store on Cortez Road, a storm water improvement project on Kestral Parkway for The Landings Homeowners Association, the Bayside Pet Resort on North Tamiami Trail with JE Charlotte Construction and the beautiful new Cook Library Bell Tower on the campus of New College of Florida for Willis A. Smith Construction.
Don't forget that all readers of our Bennett Contracting Diggin' It! Newsletter receive 40% off of any of our People at Play packages. If you are looking for a unique holiday gift, check out our website at for a hard hat adventure that will provide memories lasting a lifetime!!!
Have a wonderful Autumn Season and delightful Holiday!
Alisa & Jason Bennett
& The Entire Bennett Team