A&W Contractors, Inc. was founded in 1967 by Sam B. Archbell and today serves local municipalities, state and federal agencies, as well as local and national developers of residential and commercial projects.
Over the course of the last half century, A&W Contractors has prided itself not only on staying true to our mission to deliver on time and on budget projects, but to also develop long lasting relationships.
The countless completed projects over the years has allowed A&W Contractors to build, maintain and update our own fleet of heavy equipment, vehicles and properties. These assets enable our team to ensure future success on any highway or utility project regardless of size or complexity. Additionally, A&W Contractors holds one of the lowest Workman’s Compensation ratings possible thanks to a strong adherence to safety first.
In A&W Contractors’ history, no project has ever been defaulted upon, or completed outside the contracted time frame. Any and all warranties, as stated in the specific contracts, are always honored and completed to the satisfaction of the owner. This has set A&W Contractors up for success with clients and to assure and bond in excess of $60 million.
Jay joined A & W Contractors in 1972 and worked alongside his father Sam until his retirement in 1987, at which time Jay took on the responsibility of President. Jay continued the development of A&W Contractors, which included growth and success in both the public and private contracting sector. During his years with A&W Contractors, Jay has played an integral role in ensuring the timely completion of all projects with a focus on quality work. In addition to providing strategic leadership to the A&W team, he is extremely active in community works and founded the James C. Archbell III foundation, which raises funds for services and opportunities for children in need. He is blessed with a lovely wife and four children and resides in Chesapeake.
Ian began his employment with A&W Contractors in 1994 after completing three years of service in the U.S. Army.
Liz has been with A&W Contractors since 1996. She has more than 30 years’ experience in accounting, tax preparation and contract administration.
Chris started with A&W Contractors as a member of a utility crew while attending Old Dominion University.
Purchasing Agent / Project Manager
Mike joined A&W in 2012 to assist with estimating and material takeoff.
Rob Steele joined A&W Contractors in February 2016 to aggressively pursue new work in the public sector and assist in estimating and managing public projects. Rob’s background encompasses a wide range of utility and highway construction experience. With the exception of two years’ service in the United States Army, Rob’s 47-year career includes civil design with Wiley & Wilson Consulting Engineers; construction project management of heavy utility and highway projects and advancing to Vice President of Construction Administration and Estimating with Suburban Grading & Utilities, Inc.
Asst. Estimator / Project Manager
Accounts Receivable /
Pipe / Grade Foreman