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Always At the Ready
Fall/Winter 2020

George Larson remembers as a young teenager when his father got a job as a security guard for a local bottling operation in College Point, Queens, New York. When a national beverage company purchased the plant, the new management wanted a security…

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Lockers with a Legacy
Fall/Winter 2020

Grace Choe (pronounced “cho-eh”) is always up for a new adventure, including traveling alone from Korea to the United States as a student and later relocating from Georgia to work in New York City. Today, she is Owner of American Interior Resources,…

Bringing Insulation Out of the Dark
Fall/Winter 2020

Insulation pros can get lost in a long list of a project’s subcontractors—or even get sidestepped altogether when other enterprising construction crews convince the general contractor they can lay insulation, too.

Progress and Preservation
Fall/Winter 2020

Speed, accuracy and teamwork are not just buzzwords for Maria Audin and her team of architectural and archaeological cultural resource experts—they are core business principles that are changing industry perceptions.

The Famous Stove Lady
Fall/Winter 2020

Carlita Belgrove, CEO of Belgrove Appliance Inc. in Mount Vernon, New York, says she always knew that she wanted to have a business. “I just didn’t know what business I wanted. I never imagined it would be an antique stove restoration business.”

More Than its Name
Fall/Winter 2020

After 43 years as President and Owner of DeBrino Caulking Associates, Inc. (DeBrino Caulking), Lewis P. Houghtaling III still looks forward to going to work.

102 Years Young
Fall/Winter 2020

Brett Kogel grew up in the family business, as did his dad, Steven Kogel. Together they serve as fourth and third generation owners and as Vice President and President of Harris Water Main and Sewer Contractors (Harris). The company was established…

Beyond Surface Impressions
Fall/Winter 2020

Forged by over 30 years in business, Yonkers Paving Concepts, Inc. (YPC) maintains a reputation that rolls out in every direction—through neighborhoods, across cities, up and down interstates. And every day, from the YPC yard in Westchester…

Steady Pace
Fall/Winter 2020

Take any piece of property and imagine how it will be used, how it will serve a purpose, how it undergirds any number of other activities and necessary functions, and you start to think like LAWS Construction Corp. (LAWS).

Renovation Without Disruption
Fall/Winter 2020

As a general contractor working in New York City, Med-Tek Contracting Inc. (Med-Tek) specializes in renovations in tight spaces, where it works in close proximity to people who are going about their regular day—from shopping to teaching to performing…

Primed for Longevity
Spring/Summer 2020

Few companies can say their products are prominently displayed across one of the world’s largest, most vibrant cities. But that is exactly the case with Mercury Paint Corporation, New York’s largest independent paint manufacturer. The Brooklyn-based…

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Better, Not Bigger
Spring/Summer 2020

There was a time when Peter Grotto Jr. couldn’t say no.

Reunited and Ready to Rock
Spring/Summer 2020

If David Mesa was in the music industry, the formation of his glass door and accessories installation company three years ago would be akin to “putting the band back together.” He’s assembled a top-notch team of former co-workers to win over…

One Team. One Goal. Security.
Spring/Summer 2020

On a construction site, after a natural disaster or in the event of a terrorist threat, Brosnan Risk Consultants, Ltd. (Brosnan) protects people, property and assets. Patrick “Pat” Brosnan, a former Detective for the New York Police Department…

An Elevated Framework
Spring/Summer 2020

Some Greeks who move to New York arrive with a dream of starting their own restaurant. Theo Siskos is not one of them.

Conscientious Designs for the Future
Spring/Summer 2020

It is the cultivation and realization of an American dream. In 1999, Jakov Saric came to America from Croatia possessing a distinct fascination with construction, design and architecture. His father was a developer and Jakov spent much of his…

Built From Within
Spring/Summer 2020

At first glance, BAMCO Inc. might seem like just another New York-based metal panel supplier. In fact, they are an industry leader in the design and fabrication of metal panel and rainscreen systems with customers in 48 states and an annual…

Apart from the Rest
Spring/Summer 2020

CEO Russell Seacor founded Clean Air Quality Service, Inc. (CAQS) in 1991 out of a need for something more. He was living in Westchester County, New York, and had purchased his first home in 1989. He recalls that his mortgage interest rate was…

Specialty Business Expands to Make the World a Better Place
Spring/Summer 2020

When Nipam Shah graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in environmental technology, he was committed to helping make America a better place to live. To do that, he opened EcoTerra Consulting, LLC (EcoTerra)…

Demolishing the Old
Spring/Summer 2020

Jack Cutrone, Owner and Managing Director of A.L.M.S., has known for a long time that he enjoys working hard—and working for himself.

The Ties That Bind
Spring/Summer 2020

Thirty-six years in business can give a company’s owners a lot of time to grow its operation and efficiency. That’s the case at Atlas Roll-Off Corp. of Brooklyn, New York.

Making It Happen
Spring/Summer 2020

David Kelly, President and Owner of DKC Inc., is no stranger to upscale renovations. The general contractor manages projects in some of the priciest homes and penthouses along Park Avenue in Manhattan, and has been at the helm of some pretty…

Beyond the Brick
Fall/Winter 2019

Any conversation with Jimmy Adamidis will likely include a reference to Winston Churchill, George Washington, Sean Connery or even Arnold Schwarzenegger. As he’ll happily share, each one of these individuals has one thing in common with him—they…

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Envisioning Excellence
Fall/Winter 2019

Malatesta Paladino Inc., a concrete and masonry contracting firm based in Jamaica, New York, started with humble beginnings. Initial owners Carmine Malatesta, President, and Michael Paladino, Vice President, founded the company in 1985 with…

Setting the Bar High
Fall/Winter 2019

Barone Steel Fabricators, Inc. (Barone) is well positioned. In terms of legacy, capability and location, the company is uniquely suited to meet the demanding steel needs of the New York City metropolitan area and the tri-state area of New York,…

Accommodating Workplace Trends
Fall/Winter 2019

Offices have changed significantly over the past few decades, says Sam Newman, Founder and Vice President of 
Lincoln Office Systems, Inc. He started his professional career in 1982 while working for a company that sold office furniture and…

Rock and Roll
Fall/Winter 2019

The phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” usually summons up notions of plastic bottles and aluminum cans. To Angelo Maiorano and Vito Secchiano, first cousins and Co-Owners of Metro Green LLC, it means something a little different. Rather than recycling…

Turning Up the Heat
Fall/Winter 2019

Mobile Steam Boiler Rental Corp. prides itself on keeping the New York tri-state region’s facilities up and running when steam plants fail. Over the last five decades, the business has helped thousands of building owners and facility managers,…

Family Sets the Standard
Fall/Winter 2019

Imagine if the Manhattan skyline was your portfolio and you could simply tell prospective clients to look up to see the quality of your work. That’s a reality for RSG Caulking & Waterproofing, Inc. (RSG), a family-owned-and-operated business…

Saving Time and Money
Fall/Winter 2019

When it comes to saving construction companies millions of dollars in costs, DIF New York Construction LLC is the company to call, according to Founder and President Ilan Feder. “Research worldwide recognizes that in the construction bid, documents…

A Blueprint for Success
Fall/Winter 2019

Though Michelle Todd, Principal and Owner of M. Todd Architect, LLC, may now be a well-established African-American architect, her journey began with an empty lot and a desire to change the world. Todd grew up in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant…

Leaving Its Mark Beyond the Big Apple
Fall/Winter 2019

Abounding opportunities may have brought Daniel Karran’s family to New York, but the love of design is why they stayed. Daniel’s father, Narad Karran, immigrated to the U.S. from Guyana more than 40 years ago and started a career in the elevator…

Building With Intelligence
Fall/Winter 2019

The DS BIM LLC team likes to say that pixels are cheaper than bricks. “By creating a 3D digital model of a project through building information modeling (BIM), we detect and prevent problems before they happen in the field, before any systems…

Inherited Trade, Earned Success
Fall/Winter 2019

Kenneth and Edward Spencer are fourth-generation masons of proud Italian-Irish heritage. The brothers were raised in what’s known as the “forgotten borough” of Staten Island, New York, but a couple of things are clear: They’ll never forget who…

Certifications Open Doors
Spring/Summer 2019

When prime construction contractors in the Northeast region need a reliable, certified commercial landscape construction firm, they often turn to McCarey’s Landscaping, Inc. That’s because the woman-owned business, based in Middletown, New York,…

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A Cut Above
Spring/Summer 2019

New York City goes by a lot of names—Gotham, the Big Apple, the Concrete Jungle. Every jungle needs to be cut back sometimes; and when the jungle is made of concrete, the job requires special tools and skills, like those that Advanced Coring…

Difficult Jobs Their Specialty
Spring/Summer 2019

When a customer has a tough construction project that requires steel fabrication and erection, Mark & Son Metal Products, Inc. (Mark & Son) is the company to call. It has been that way for 93 years.

One-on-One Customer Service
Spring/Summer 2019

Liberty Doorworks, Inc. (Liberty), a midsize commercial door and hardware supplier, serves general contractors, subcontractors, owners, developers and facilities managers in the New York metropolitan area. The company has completed thousands…

Doing It Right
Spring/Summer 2019

When you want something done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself.

Improving Energy Efficiency
Spring/Summer 2019

DKC Energy Solutions Inc. is helping companies lower energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint. The Mount Vernon, New York-based company provides spray foam insulation services that stop heat and cool air from escaping buildings, providing…

Skilled Craftsmanship, Seasoned Experts
Spring/Summer 2019

When it comes to new windows and doors, Ross Window Corp. is your window to the world. “Window companies are not all the same. At Ross Window Corp., we offer products made by all the leading window and door manufacturers. We take the time to…

Opening Doors to Success
Spring/Summer 2019

If David Mesa was in the music industry, the formation of his glass door and accessories installation company three years ago would be akin to “putting the band back together.” He’s assembled a top-notch team of former co-workers to win over…

A Winning Hand
Spring/Summer 2019

In 2017, the odds were stacked against A Royal Flush, one of the largest portable restroom and toilet trailer rental leaders in the Northeast. The sudden passing of its principal owner, majority shareholder and driving force of the organization,…

Big Family, Big Projects
Spring/Summer 2019

In 1993, the late Damian Sabatino struck out on his own with a handful of employees and started his roofing business, Eagle One Roofing Contractors Inc. (Eagle One), after working in the roofing industry for decades. Today, Damian’s sons, Vinny…

A New York State of Mind
Spring/Summer 2019

If you’ve ever asked for directions in Manhattan, you were probably made aware that the layout of New York’s most populated borough forms a grid. A favorite of urban planning and design, the grid has been an expression in some of the more remarkable…

Making Metal Marvelous
Fall/Winter 2018

Manny Velis, Chris Doulou and Jay Valentino are the proud owners of Hi-Tech Metals Inc., an architectural metal fabrication company. They put as much diligence into their work as they do passion. It is difficult for them to put into words exactly…

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Man With a Vision
Fall/Winter 2018

In 1940, Michael Paladino founded Paladino Construction Enterprises Inc., a small contracting business that served the local community, based in Brooklyn, New York. Michael, along with a couple of helpers, would take on small construction jobs—repairing…

A View From the Field - Local Law 196
Fall/Winter 2018

Effective March 1, 2018, Local Law 196 mandates safety training for all demolition and construction workers employed within the five boroughs on projects requiring a construction superintendent, site safety manager, site safety coordinator,…

From the Basement to the Big Time
Fall/Winter 2018

Jan Efraimsen, the President of the Woodtronics Millwork Corp. (Woodtronics) of Yorktown Heights, New York, has long enjoyed woodworking and electronics. More than 30 years ago, Efraimsen found a way to combine both his passions in his work.…

Through the Lens
Fall/Winter 2018

Over the course of its more than 50-year history, Bernstein Associates has photographed more than 10,000 construction projects, averaging about 200 photo shoots per month. The firm’s photographers document projects from the big picture down…

On a Hot Streak
Fall/Winter 2018

When Louis Chierchia’s oldest brother, Jerry, arrived in the United States and began his career as a plumber, there’s no way he could have known the legacy he was creating. After recognizing the earnings potential of this career path, five additional…

A Matter of Pride
Fall/Winter 2018

Unlike the facade of buildings, a structure’s roof is generally only seen by construction workers and inspectors or maybe, in rare cases, a random aerial shot from the Goodyear Blimp on game day. With so few eyes evaluating the craftsmanship…

Small Business, Big Impact
Fall/Winter 2018

For decades, Brown Builders Supply Co. has provided materials and support to builders and contractors transforming New York City. Over the years, the Long Island-based company had a hand in significant NYC projects such as Yankee Stadium in…

Keeping Up With the Pace
Fall/Winter 2018

Few places move as fast as New York City or demand more from the general contractors working there. If you’re going to build in the Big Apple, you have to be able to keep up. Streamline USA Construction & Mgmt. (Streamline) is made to match…

The Problem Solvers
Spring/Summer 2018

George J. Cambourakis was born to be an engineer. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering, he proceeded to teach himself everything there was to know about foundation and geotechnical engineering.

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The Green Giant
Spring/Summer 2018

A lot of people think of recycling as a magic act; you put a piece of junk into a recycling bin and—poof!—it vanishes like a rabbit into a magician’s hat.

Ahead of the Eco-Friendly Building Curve
Spring/Summer 2018

John Kruzshak founded Evergreen Environments in 1982—decades ahead of the current green movement—as a small atrium construction business focused on interiorscapes.

Getting Down to Business
Spring/Summer 2018

Lots of builders and contractors talk about completing a project from the ground up. But what about what’s going on under the ground? That’s where Jim DeAngelis and Soiltesting, Inc. come in.

‘Where Strong Girls Are Forged’
Spring/Summer 2018

In the 23 years that Judaline Cassidy has worked as a plumber, she has seen one consistent trend: the lack of women in the construction industry. This inspired her to educate girls and women on career opportunities that can be economic game-changers,…

From Manhattan to Montauk
Spring/Summer 2018

Charlie Hall, President and owner of Hall Enterprises, Inc., got his start mowing lawns as a kid growing up on Long Island.

A Window of Opportunity
Spring/Summer 2018

Jilco Window Corp.’s story began in 1982 in John McDonough’s garage. It was there that he began selling aluminum windows, eventually expanding the business into a wide variety of window and door treatments, cabinetry and countertops, in addition…

The People in the Pipeline
Spring/Summer 2018

Carolyn Olsen started Holbrook Plastic Pipe Supply Inc. with her sister, Betty Olsen King, in 1975. They rented a 3,500-square-foot warehouse in Holbrook, New York, which seemed like “the middle of nowhere,” according to Olsen, who is President…

WellBuilt Company Has International Roots
Spring/Summer 2018

For a couple of ambitious fellows from Australia, starting a business in the United States just seemed like the right thing to do. Without a network of contacts, Mitch Kidd and Scott Lumby built their business—Wellbuilt Company—in one of the…

All the Right Stuff
Spring/Summer 2018

Zach Kerzner is the third generation to head Kerzner Contracting Corp. and is carrying on the company philosophy of building lasting relationships with the integrity to do the right thing.



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