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ISSUE NUMBER 11                                                     DECEMBER 2011 

In This Issue
Holiday Recipe
This Month's Quote
Contractor of the Year Award
Bennett Job Update
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 10 min
Yield: 24 chocolate-dipped pretzel rods

1 - 12 oz pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp shortening

2 dozen pretzel rods
Sprinkles & candies 

1. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2. Combine the choc chips and shortening in a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for 20 seconds at a time until the chocolate is melted, stirring after every 20-30 seconds. Do not overheat the chocolate!
3. Hold a rod by one end and dip it in the chocolate, leaving an inch or two uncovered. Shake to remove excess chocolate and place it on baking sheet. If you are using sprinkles or candies, sprinkle them on when the chocolate is still wet.

4. Place the pretzels in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set the chocolate.


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Action is the foundational key to all success.
-- Pablo Picasso

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Where has the time gone? Here at Bennett we're making preparations for big family celebrations and toasting some exciting things that we'll share with you in this issue of Diggin' It! We'll keep it short and sweet, though, especially the recipe -- Chocolate Dipped Pretzels are easy and make a great gift!
Bennett Contracting Named A Finalist for Equipment World Magazine's 2012 Contractor of Year

Equipment World logoBig News just landed on our desk the other day... We are so proud to announce that Bennett Contracting has been selected as a Finalist for Equipment World Magazine's Contractor of the Year award, the winning company will be announced at a banquet in Las Vegas on March 10, 2012. 

We are honored to be one of twelve companies from across the nation vying for the title of Contractor of the Year. Requirements for the program include the following:


- Have annual revenues between $3 million & $15 million

- Have at least 10 years of construction company ownership experience

- Have a proven, excellent safety record

- Own at least five ride-on construction machines

- Be able to represent the construction industry in a positive way


As a finalist Bennett Contracting will receive a feature article about the company in a 2012 issue of Equipment World, 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.


A link to information about the annual competition with the 2011 winner profiled can be viewed at the following link: 


 Wish us luck!

 JOB UPDATE: What We've Dug and Where We're Diggin' Now

Euclid Roundabout

Work is finishing up on the North Sarasota Neighborhood Enhancement and Aqua Utilities of FL Utility Relocation Project for Sarasota County Government. The project includes sidewalks, road widening, storm drainage and utility line relocations. Pictured above is a new round-about being installed on Euclid Avenue. 
And just down the street work continues with Willis A. Smith Construction & Jon F. Swift Construction at Booker High School -- the three year replacement school project is about 1/3 of the way through.
Construction Christmas Tree
Here's a close up of our awesome Construction Christmas Tree!
If you want to make your own it's easy! Instead of garland use caution tape and decorate with miniature traffic cones, roadway signs and, of course, tiny toy excavators, dump trucks and bulldozers as ornaments.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Alisa & Jason Bennett
& The Entire Bennett Team