The Who's Who Northern New Jersey Article Archive

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The Science of Sound
Fall/Winter 2019

The concept of sound is both fascinating and deeply technical. It is a form of energy comprising three basic properties—pitch, loudness and tone—that transmits through solid, liquid or gas by way of vibration. In the built environment, the ability…

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Fire Meets Its Match
Fall/Winter 2019

Structure fires can find a way to spread—but not if Sharron Halpert is involved! While construction materials and building techniques have come a long way to contain or thwart a fire, insufficient connections and conduits in the guts of a building…

All In The Family
Fall/Winter 2019

Newark Wire Works Inc. is a three-generation, family-owned business. Initially formed in 1910, the company has been in operation for an impressive 109 years. JP Spellman and his father, Joe Spellman, both worked for the company’s previous owner.…

A Better Opportunity
Fall/Winter 2019

For Ecuadorian native Tailor Dominguez Sr., the decision to leave his home country in 1995 and settle in New Jersey was one based on economic opportunity. “In my country, even if you have a career, [the economy] is really bad,” says Tailor Sr.,…

A Family Heritage Sharpened By Steel
Fall/Winter 2019

From his childhood, steel has been in David (Dave) Friessen’s blood. “I saw my grandfather and uncle working with steel,” Dave says. “I liked to work with my hands from a young age. I was intrigued when I discovered how steel could bend when…

Faith to Move Forward
Fall/Winter 2019

Wild Heart Industries, LLC, a certified woman-owned, family-operated demolition company in Hillsborough, New Jersey, was formed during arguably one of the worst times in recent history to start a business—the financial crisis of 2007-2009. While…

In a League of Its Own
Spring/Summer 2019

For Kevin Leyra, a husband and father of three, coaching his 14-year-old son's ice hockey team allows him to teach important lessons centered on teamwork, honesty, respect and commitment. These principles not only shape winning attitudes for…

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Nailed It!
Spring/Summer 2019

In just 12 years, Orion Interiors, Inc. has gone from a startup drywall subcontractor with a team of five employees and annual revenues of $1 million to a team of about 250 employees and anticipated 2019 revenues approaching $40 million.

“To Wake Up Every Day and Love Your Job is a Gift”
Spring/Summer 2019

When the Almasi family comes together, its passion quickly emerges. Family members trade stories of construction projects with the same enthusiasm as children talk about their favorite toys. The family members remember nearly every detail of…

Superheroes of Structural Contracting
Spring/Summer 2019

When a structural job seems almost impossible, it’s a “McAuliffe job,” says Tom McAuliffe, President of McAuliffe Contractors, LLC. “We do what others can’t and go where others won’t,” he adds.

Taking a Bite Out of the Big Apple
Spring/Summer 2019

It may be only a few miles from Garfield, New Jersey, to New York City, but going from the basement where All-Rite Construction Company, Inc. (All-Rite) was born, to building projects in the largest city in the United States, was always more…

Technology and Tradition
Fall/Winter 2018

Some things, like salt and pepper, obviously go together. Other pairings, like salt and chocolate, seem unusual at first, but in the end, they work. Lino Rocha adopted the unusual option, combining air conditioning and sheet metal services.…

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An Immigrant Song:
Fall/Winter 2018

I was very jet lagged when I spoke to Rick and Rod Eustaquio, the co-owners of Iris Environmental Laboratories, a full-service environmental laboratory testing and consulting agency based in Union, New Jersey. I had just flown back from the…

Art and Innovation in Concrete
Fall/Winter 2018

In 1984, Ira Goldberg was working as a general contractor when a friend and neighbor asked Ira to build him a backyard pool deck using architectural concrete he had seen advertised called Bomanite. The product, which was used for decorative…

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A Trusted Partner
Fall/Winter 2018

Consolidated Steel & Aluminum Fence Co. Inc. (Consolidated) is always up for new challenges—even those that take the company to new heights. “We were called on to install a fence around a gas main on the pier of the Hudson River. Installation…

No Time for Downtime
Fall/Winter 2018

Shoppers trust flagship stores. And many of those trusted stores in the New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia metro areas, in turn, trust E.C. Provini Co., Inc. (Provini) and its proven ability to complete construction efficiently within an…

Next Gen Re-Charge
Spring/Summer 2018

A 40-year anniversary is a milestone worth celebration, reflection and renewal. For Strouse Electric Co. Inc., it’s all those descriptors and much more for the employees of this family-owned operation.

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Laying the Groundwork for Success
Spring/Summer 2018

Rick Alessio built a successful pavement company with a philosophy that a good reputation is better than wealth, an approach formed by his 30-plus years of business and faith-based experiences.

A Feather in His Cap
Spring/Summer 2018

If someone called you a “bird brain,” you’d probably be insulted. But not Dan Brady. As the Executive Director of the Fairfield, New Jersey-based Bell Bird Control, Brady uses his own brand of bird intuition, anticipating where the feathered…

The Experience Factor
Spring/Summer 2018

Family-owned Malanga Construction Co., Inc. has been building and renovating structures in New Jersey since 1983, with a specialty in restoring religious facilities to their original beauty.

The Asphalt Artist
Fall/Winter 2017

There was a time, albeit brief, when Andrew Altobelli wasn’t sure if his Straight Edge Striping concept would survive the first 90 days in business.

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A Master Builder’s Mindset
Fall/Winter 2017

Built from the ground up by a family of skilled craftworkers, 3D Contracting of Central Jersey Inc. d/b/a 3D Group is guided by a leadership team that embraces its expertise as a contractor with a uniquely owner-driven focus.

Keeping It Cool
Fall/Winter 2017

There’s the satisfaction of running a successful business, and then there’s the satisfaction of making wishes come true.

“To Wake Up Every Day and Love Your Job is a Gift”
Fall/Winter 2017

When the Almasi family comes together, its passion quickly emerges. Family members trade stories of construction projects with the same enthusiasm as children talk about their favorite toys. The family members remember nearly every detail of…

A System of Safety
Fall/Winter 2017

It all started when Nick DeLuca responded to a “help wanted” ad in the newspaper. From there, it grew into a career, a business and a passion for keeping people safe.

SKY-High Future Starts Below the Surface
Spring/Summer 2017

All of Gabriel “Gaby” Antoun’s work gets buried—literally. Unseen above ground. In a way, forgotten. And he’s OK with it. He knows that once it’s done and done right, the precise yet hidden strength of the work is the true measure of 
his success.

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Hard Work Results in Fun PLAY
Spring/Summer 2017

Don’t tell kids this, but constructing fantastic playgrounds is about providing them with great experiences—and about pleasing their parents and park supervisors. That’s why Whirl Construction Inc. (Whirl) takes playgrounds so seriously—even…

New Jersey “Nice Guy” Finishes First by Building Relationships that Last
Spring/Summer 2017

Strong, enduring interpersonal relationships are integral to building success for businesses and their clients. And for commercial construction professionals, one of the key elements of the biz is who you know.



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