Ground engineering giant Keller is celebrating a buoyant first half by its Midlandsbased operation.
That came as the group - which carried out work to bolster New Orleans flood defences - more than doubled its half-year profits.
Chief executive Justin Atkinson celebrated the performance of its Coventry foundation support wing which employs around 200 people.
He said: "Within Keller engineering, the foundation support division had a buoyant first half. We have been involved in a range of jobs well spread around the country, in areas including housing and the commercial sector such as warehousing and offices."
One project under the spot-light was work currently under way on a new supermarket distribution centre in Dartford, Kent.
The London-based group overall reported pretax profits for the first half of the year to June 30 of £33.4 million - up 114 per cent on a year earlier.
Keller, which saw revenues increase 34 per cent to £450 million, described the performance of its North American businesses as excellent.
The firm hopes another strong performance in the region during the next six months will help it exceed full-year market expectations, despite a cooling in the US residential market. The company explained the slowdown was being countered by continued growth in orders from stateside commercial and public infrastructure sectors.
One of the firm's American arms, Hayward Baker, carried out work on the New Orleans levee and canal repair programme following Hurricane Katrina a year ago.
Engineers worked from a barge on the 17th Street Canal to strengthen soft soils as part of building work to bolster the city's flood defences.
The project will create a new floodgate to protect the area from potential surges from Lake Pontchartrain and will also allow flood water to be pumped from the city.
Keller also laid the foundations of the new Goldman Sachs headquarters in New York.
Mr Atkinson said: "We have started the second half with excellent trading and continue to have an order book representing around six months budgeted sales."
Keller reduced net debt from £65.3 million in June 2005 to £47.6 million after spending £12 million on acquisitions and a £4 million contribution to the UK pension pot.
It said operations in the Middle East were working at full capacity and it is building foundations for several hotels on the man-made island of Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
Keller, which employs more than 5,100 staff in 30 countries a round the world, also reported good first-time contributions from its new acquisitions.
This included positive early trading from retaining wall specialist Phi in the UK - which has a presence in Cheltenham - which the firm bought for £5 million in April.
Last week it agreed to pay £9.6 million for Piling Contractors, Australia's second largest foundations contractor, which the firm hopes will bolster its presence in the country. Shares closed up 45p at 661p.