Last updated on May 22nd, 2024 at 07:00 am

Industrial projects are highly challenging and complex, given the specific needs and details that arise during both design and construction phases. This list showcases nine of Fresno, California’s best and leading general contractors behind some of its most noteworthy industrial spaces. Our editorial team curated these firms based on their excellent clientele lists, backgrounds, and unique experiences. Several of these companies offer their own fields of specialty and are also the recipient of countless industry accolades. 

M. Lyles Co

525 W. Alluvial Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711

W.M. Lyles operates out of its office in Fresno. It offers a complete range of contracting services but specializes in water and wastewater energy and environmental construction projects. The firm has worked throughout California and prioritizes safety, performance, quality, schedule, and budget. 

W.M. Lyles has garnered countless accolades through the years. It has consistently been named as among the country’s leading general contractors in the Engineering-News Record. The project below is an excellent example of the firm’s talent and expertise. 

Located in Madera, this project was completed back in 2006. The contract amount cost $68,716,457 and entailed having to utilize an extensive design-build process. This project served as the first major plant for California and encompassed working on its site utilities, structural concrete, tanks and equipment, infrastructure, and complete fabrication shop. For the firm’s work on this project, it was distinguished with the AGC of California Constructor Award for Excellence in Project Management and the Best Project Award from the Design Build Institute of America.

BMY Construction

5485 E. Olive Ave., Fresno, CA 93727

With two decades of industry experience, BMY Construction operates out of three offices in Fresno, Turlock, and Missoula, Montana. The firm is a leading expert in the design-build process, which enables it to keep everything in-house. This method lessens the challenge for clients in terms of having to look for additional subcontractors. The firm’s comprehensive services include its budgets, estimates, and project coordination. Its excellent quality control, scheduling, and project compliance are impressive. The firm’s portfolio depicts a wide range of spaces completed for the food, beverage, glass manufacturing, vertical growing, farming, and fabrication industries. Showcased below is one of the firm’s best works.

This photo depicts the firm’s work for the Merced WWTP Laboratory. It spans over 7,000 square feet and involved a ground-up construction project. Some other services the firm’s team performed include its masonry, structural steel construction, and various high-end laboratory finishes.   

Zumwalt Construction Inc.

5520 E. Lamona Ave. Fresno, CA 93727

Founded in 1995, Zumwalt Construction is an award-winning firm with features from publications like The Business Journal. At the firm’s helm is its CEO and namesake, Kurt Zumwalt. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and draws inspiration from decades of experience. He personally oversees each aspect of the entire process and assures clients that each project that the company manages receives the benefit of this experience.

Since the company’s inception, it has worked on over 300 projects and has been the recipient of eighteen awards. Composed of over 166 staff of architects and professionals, the firm is also known for its value engineering and for finishing all of its work within the agreed-upon budget. The project below is an excellent example of the firm’s work.

This industrial space was completed for EZ Fuel, a petroleum distribution facility. It is located in Fresno and sits on a site spanning over 40,000 square feet. For this project, the firm worked on its associated structures, parking, and site improvements. 

Don Pickett & Associates

7395 N. Palm Bluffs Ave. Suite #101 Fresno, CA 93711-5739

Don Pickett & Associates is a family-owned and -operated firm that has been in business since 1988. It works out of its office in Fresno and offers a wide range of in-house architectural design, drafting, and civil engineering services. Mike Pickett leads the firm’s talented team of professionals. Under his leadership, the firm utilizes a highly collaborative approach. He is also a native of the Central Valley, which enables him to bring his expertise in popular designs and architectural vernaculars. 

The firm maintains affiliations with vital industry organizations like the Building Industry Association (BIA) of the San Joaquin Valley. The firm also specializes in the design-build process and has worked in some of the best areas in Central Valley,  including Fresno, Clovis, and Madera. The company has worked on industrial projects since its inception. Since then, it has worked on numerous high-quality industrial developments in the greater Fresno area. These include everything from warehouses and showroom spaces to storage facilities. 

J.I. Garcia Construction, Inc.

4717 E. Hedges Ave, Fresno, CA 93703

J.I. Garcia Construction is experienced in every aspect of the general contracting process. Founded in 1982, incorporated in 1989, the firm has worked throughout California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Texas. It specializes in commercial and institutional building construction for both the public and private sectors. The firm incorporates various sustainability efforts into its work, assuring clients that all of its spaces are highly efficient and environmentally-friendly. It further achieves this through affiliations with organizations like the US Green Building Council. The firm’s work depicts countless shopping mall renovations, retail stores, production facilities upgrades, and apartment complex renovations. It has also taken on a variety of federal government work. 

The firm is regarded for its comprehensive design-build process, which encompasses everything from conception and design to completion. This helps clients come up with an accurate and complete formative design plan. This ensures no major revisions or issues arise during construction. 

Excelsior Construction

2681 N. Business Park Avenue, Fresno, CA  93727

Excelsior Construction has secured an exceptional reputation through the years. Headquartered in Fresno, it offers a full and comprehensive range of general contracting services. This includes work with in-house fabrication expertise. It draws inspiration from over two decades of industry experience and provides its services at highly competitive prices. The firm’s portfolio showcases a variety of projects completed for the commercial, feed mill, and food and beverage market sectors. 

The depicted project features one of the firm’s best feed mill work. The firm is a leading company in the agricultural and industrial construction markets. It is known for its great grain elevator construction, grain handling, sorting, and bulk storage. 

AYC Construction

7638 N. Ingram, #210, Fresno, CA 93711

AYC Construction is the product of the vision of its founder and CEO, Andrew Young. He is known for his years working in construction management and has extensive experience in project planning, change directives, architectural drawing review, municipality interaction, and quality control. Before establishing AYC in 2007, he first gained experience managing rehabilitation projects Every Neighborhood Partnership throughout Fresno County. Under his supervision, the company manages projects regardless of size or scale. Its portfolio depicts several shopping centers, warehouses, and religious spaces. 

The depicted project is a fine example of the firm’s talent and expertise. It is located in Clovis and was completed for a concrete warehouse. Spanning over 27,000 square feet, this warehouse also contains a 4,000 square-foot Class A office. 

MW Construction Inc.

2636 N Fordham Ave, Fresno, CA 93727, United States

MW Construction extends its services throughout Fresno and the Central Valley. It operates out of its headquarters in Fresno and officers its clients a full and comprehensive range of services. The firm specializes in constructing and renovating commercial and retail spaces, medical offices, industrial spaces, and on occasion, large-scale residential developments. The firm’s team provides unique design solutions to otherwise challenging and complex spaces. It is led by its founder and CEO, Mike Webb. he is a Central Valley native who has worked in and around the industry for over Two decades of industry experience. He holds a degree in construction management and oversees each project that the company manages.

The project above is a stellar example of the firm’s work. Located in Fresno, this project spans over 875,000 square feet, MW Construction responded to an emergency fire on the roof and got the project completed and turned over in less than 3 weeks for Amazon to resume operations. Its original structure was lost to a devastating Solar Panel fire, so the firm’s team was tasked with having to reconstruct and design it in less than 20 days.

Johnston Contracting Inc.

7511 N. Palm Bluffs Ave., Fresno, CA 93711

Johnston Contracting is a design-build firm that specializes in working on retail, construction, and industrial projects. It is headquartered in its offices in Fresno and is also known for its construction management. The firm’s portfolio showcases a wide range of spaces completed for the commercial, financial, retail, medical and industrial markets. It oversees each step of the process and is particularly regarded for its competitive pricing and comprehensive scheduling. The photo below is an excellent example of the firm’s work.

Located in the heart of Fresno, this project was completed for the Ferguson Warehouse. It spans over 102,750 square feet. This is only one of various impressive facilities that the company has worked on.