Blackridge Construction LLC

Blackridge Construction LLC makes sure to persevere for its customers on every project, President James Chris Carroll Sr. says. “Anything that they need, I’m right on it with my office staff,” he says. “I do my due diligence in a timely manner.”

Bronx, N.Y.-based Blackridge offers dump truck services, excavation, roll-off containers, paving and milling services to contractors in the New York City area. A construction industry veteran, Carroll founded the company in 2005 after working for his father’s construction company for 20 years as vice president.

“He brought me into the industry back in 1985,” Carroll recalls. When his father retired and closed the company’s doors, Carroll started Blackridge with a single truck and performed work for contractors.

“There was a big influx of high-rise condominiums and commercial buildings being built in New York City, so we worked for general contractors doing excavations and foundations,” he explains. 

But Carroll’s big break came when he won a contract from Tutor Perini Corp. “They gave me my first big bridge job,” he says. Since then, the level of Blackridge’s clientele has grown. 

“I work for many of the biggest general contractors in New York, such as Skanska, Schiavone, Judlau and several more,” Carroll says, noting that 80 percent of his work is from repeat clients and referrals. “I have great relationships with them and they treat me fairly.”

He adds that Blackridge sets itself apart through its services. “We work extremely hard to provide the best service for our contractors by working overtime, weekends and holidays if needed to complete the project on time for them,” Carroll states. “That’s been helping me to grow and bring back residual work with the contractors.”

Rebuilding New York

Blackridge’s recent projects include runway work at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. “JFK has one of the longest runways in America,” Carroll says, noting that the company worked on a previous project there in 2010.

This time, Blackridge provided trucking services for the project. “We hauled and placed the new concrete for the runway, via trucking,” he says, noting that the company also excavated and hauled away the old concrete from the runway.

Blackridge also completed work on train tunnel projects in New York City, including the new Second Avenue Subway, the East Side Access project and the Seventh Avenue train line. The company’s participation in each brings Carroll great pride.

“My motto is ‘hands on rebuilding New York,’” he notes. “[We’ve helped] furnish new and modernized train stations and airport runways that will be around 100 years after we’re gone.”

Giving Back

Carroll is proud of Blackridge’s status as a minority subcontractor. “I’m thankful for the opportunities that I’ve had, gaining knowledge, education and tutelage throughout my career,” he says, noting that he often strives to help people from the inner city.

“That’s where I get my fulfillment,” he says, noting that he is thankful when Blackridge can help employees make their lives better. “When a guy tells me he’s buying his first house or a guy pulls up in a brand new car, it makes you feel good. It’s not just about the money.”

Although Blackridge has recruited heavily from New York’s inner city areas, “We don’t discriminate at Blackridge,” Carroll asserts, adding that the company has hired employees from neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut. “We call this ‘the United Nations,’ since I have all sorts of employees from different backgrounds.”

The Family Business

Blackridge has nurtured a family oriented workplace, which includes several members of Carroll family. His son Chris Jr., is operation manager, and his daughter, Kristen Carroll, is the human resource director, and his nephew David Carroll, is the payroll & invoicing manager. “They have been a large asset in helping run the office,” he says.

He also highlights Office Manager Michelle Young and Senior Mechanic Luis Marin, who runs its in-house mechanic shop. Marin is very important for the construction company to keep equipment up and running on a day-to-day basis. Although they are not related by blood, “They are my family,” Carroll asserts. 

“My brother, Greg Carroll, president of Empire Construction Management Services LLC, is my consultant for financial matters and quoting construction projects. I bring the jobs to the table and we break it down to see where the profit is,” Carroll says.

Carroll predicts more success ahead for Blackridge. “I see us staying competitive for years to come and continuing to provide quality service that we’ve been offering,” he says. 

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