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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

SCG President and CEO Named Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist

For Immediate Release - Cleveland, OH - Sports Construction Group President and CEO Paul S. Franks was named a finalist for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in recognition of his accomplishments in establishing and growing his successful sports field construction business. He was nominated in the Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction category in the Northeast Ohio region.

“This nomination is a tremendous individual honor and I’m humbled to receive it. However, it is really the team behind me at SCG – our construction crews, sales team, engineers, project managers and others – that made it possible. I’m deeply appreciative of their hard work and dedication to our business,” said Franks.

Franks became the second-generation owner of S.W. Franks Construction Company, a heavy site construction firm, in 1987. Following his vision, the company narrowed its focus to high-performance sports construction, a niche area in which he saw a business opportunity. The home of the Cleveland Indians, Progressive Field (formerly Jacob’s Field), was the company’s first high performance professional field installation.

He took the innovative approach of building a company that offers the full depth and breadth of sports field construction services – including design work, field construction and turf installation. This holistic approach differentiates SCG from construction firms and turf manufacturers. It eliminates the need for tiered contracts with turf providers, builders and installers. This reduces costs, speeds progress, improves communication and enhances the quality of the finished product. It is for these reasons that the top athletic programs in the U.S. turn to SCG time and time again.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is annually administered by Ernst & Young, and is considered one of the most prestigious business awards for an entrepreneur. Now in its 23rd year, it celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses. Finalists of the regional awards are recognized at award galas across the U.S. throughout the month of June. For more information about Ernst & Young or the Entrepreneur of the Year award visit www.ey.com/US/eoy.  

About SCG
Sports Construction Group is a sports field specialty contractor that handles all phases of natural and synthetic turf jobs, from excavation and sub base through installation and maintenance. SCG has more than 50 years of construction experience, including more than 20 years of expertise building high-performance sports fields.

SCG’s clients include one-fourth of National Football League teams, one-fifth of Major League Baseball teams and scores of top-tier collegiate and high school teams. On the SCG roster are some of the most recognizable sport facilities in the nation: Yankee Stadium, Citizens Bank Park, Progressive Field, Soldier Field, Heinz Field, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Notre Dame Stadium and Northwestern’s Ryan Field, along with dozens of minor league, collegiate, high school and community systems. More information is available at www.sportscongroup.com.