Montesano Bros.

Project of the Year New Hempstead Road 11 copyAfter more than four decades of operation, Montesano Bros. is known as a leading New York construction company that operates in a variety of markets.

By Eric Slack

Based in New Rochelle, N.Y., Montesano Bros. has spent more than 40 years showcasing its experience, performance quality and skilled workforce on a vast array of construction projects. Founded in the early 1970s by Frank and Pasqual Montesano, the company was incorporated as Montesano Bros. in 1975 and is now a vertically integrated construction company with diverse capabilities. 

Montesano Bros. specializes in site development, underground utilities, heavy highway and water treatment facilities. The company is capable of overseeing projects from planning to completion to better manage costs, avoid delays and deliver high-quality work on time and within budget. It also has a state-of-the-art maintenance facility at its headquarters to keep repair costs down and ensure safe, reliable equipment operation on every project. To this day, Montesano Bros. remains a family owned and operated company.

“A few years after our incorporation, my father, Frank, amicably purchased his brother’s half,” President and CEO Dominick Montesano says. “I developed a passion for the business working with my father during the summer months. In the 1990s, my father was anticipating scaling back and my two younger brothers were graduating college and wanted to join the family business. My father transferred ownership of the company to all four of his sons.”

Strong Effort

Today the company’s size ranges between 75 to 120 employees with 75 pieces of fleet equipment and a bonding capacity of $70 million. Known for working on complex, active sites with conditions requiring safe operation, Montesano Bros. typically works on projects that it can self-perform. It also keeps its eyes open for projects that best suit the talents of its employees.

“Our work ethic is the reason why we have been so successful over our history,” Montesano says. “We all provide different talents, but the common thread that we all share is a belief in teamwork.”

Montesano Bros. has worked on projects in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In the treatment plant sector, its projects include the $17 million Village of Goshen Wastewater Treatment Plant in Goshen, N.Y. and the $34 million City of Peekskill Water Treatment Plant in Peekskill, N.Y. The Goshen project consisted of excavation and removal of approximately 80,000 cubic yards of fill and import of approximately 75,000 cubic yards of material. Also, the Haworth, N.J. water treatment plant entailed relocating an 84-inch water main while the NYCDEP DELL 159 project consisted of three sites in Westchester and Putnam Counties.

Within the underground utilities market, the company’s work includes the Saw Mill River Road reconstruction project in Westchester, N.Y., and work with the city of White Plains, N.Y. Saw Mill River Road included replacement and rehabilitation of the existing drainage system and insertion of water valves from 16 to 30 inches in diameter, curbs, sidewalks and fire hydrants. The White Plains project included installation of a 30-inch ductile iron water transmission main along with butterfly valves and fire hydrants on Ferris Avenue between Hamilton Avenue and Hillside Terrace.

As for the site development sector, Montesano Bros.’ projects include the Cross County Shopping Center and PS 6 in Yonkers, N.Y., as well as the Naval Operations Support Center New York City in the Bronx. The Cross County Shopping Center project was part of a $200 million major refit and expansion of one of the first outdoor malls of its kind in the United States. The Shops at Nanuet was part of a $100 million dollar complete demo and rebuild, completed in 14 months. It included an extensive underground storm water retention system; modular walls, new water, gas and electrical infrastructure; and 15 acres of new asphalt road and parking areas.

PS 6 was a $63 million housing development that converted the former school site into a 172,000-square-foot mixed-income housing complex for families and seniors. The Naval Operations Support Center project required several sections of its parking lots to be excavated to rectify compaction issues that were causing the lots to settle. USARC in Orangeburg, N.Y. consisted of reclaiming asphalt in place and repaving the Army equipment maintenance facility.

The company’s heavy highway projects have included the Bronx River Parkway in the county of Westchester, N.Y., repaving of about 10 miles of Taconic Parkway in Westchester and the New Hempstead Road Reconstruction Project in Rockland County, N.Y. The Bronx River Parkway project included bridge widening, road realignment, parkway profile and resurfacing, and installation of new drainage. The New Hempstead Road project is a complex, $34 million-plus project with aspects such as removal and replacement of drainage systems and culverts, gas and water main, construction of modular retaining walls, granite veneer walls, granite curbing, street lighting, building and bridge demolition, and creation of a precast concrete arch span unit. It earned the Tappan Zee award for project of the year from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

“Prospective clients have either watched our company perform on the roads they travel or the malls they shop at, or our equipment has caught their eyes,” Montesano says. “Then there is the all-powerful referral by other construction-related professionals. Repeat clients have experienced our 100 percent commitment to their projects, and they appreciate having a principal owner involved with their projects.”

Vendor and supplier relationships are similarly important to Montesano Bros. The company believes that its longevity in the industry has allowed it to create relationships with some of the best partners in the region.

“The important factor is to make certain that our suppliers realize that, regardless of the situation, we can have the wherewithal to make sure they get paid for their efforts,” Montesano says.

Looking for Growth

As the company looks to the future, its business decisions are aimed at improving its organizational performance. As Montesano Bros. continues to expand, its business model is focused on maintaining manageable growth increments without compromising its complete commitment to each project,

“We are also investing into the company by modernizing our core fleet equipment with tier four final emissions and integrating technologies with respect to bidding, project cost and project management,” Montesano says.

The company knows it must be in position to adapt to the major trends that are shaping its industry. In recent years, those trends have included the extreme winters hitting New York and the surrounding areas. Those events have deteriorated roads, pavement and infrastructure.

“That deterioration has gotten the attention of everyone, and we are finding that government agencies, municipalities, corporate parks and shopping malls have increased their budgets to rehabilitate via cold milling and repaving,” Montesano says. “Our response has been an easy transition, as we have always maintained cold milling and asphalt paving crews. We simply divided our employee talent, upgraded our equipment and created multiple crews.”

With many good years behind it, Montesano Bros. has every reason to be optimistic about its direction. The company remains committed to quality products and services, and dedicated to satisfying its customers and effectively applying advanced technology, innovative practices and sound business management. By acting with integrity in all aspects of its operations, Montesano Bros. believes it can continue to build customer loyalty and serve its market place for many years to come.

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