Ronald LaneAs technology to drill for natural gas has improved, Ronald Lane has gotten busier.

By Mark Lawton, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

Almost 40 years since it was founded, it’s hard to believe how much Ronald Lane Inc. has grown. “In May 1979, we started with three employees, a little Ditch Witch and laid 1.25-inch plastic pipe,” Founder Ronald Lane says. “Now we’re laying 20- and 30-inch cross country steel pipe.”

The next time you see Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park museum illuminated during a night game, think of Nellie Torres. She was responsible for managing center field electrical work at the stadium, which opened in 2009. “It was a really cool job,” Torres recalls.

The project is just one of many significant developments in Torres’ varied career, which includes starting her own company in 2003, returning to work for other construction firms and ultimately deciding to resume operation of her firm.

Torres’ company, ProjectSpan Services, is a construction services firm that works directly for agencies, engineering firms, contractors, subcontractors, building owners and developers. The bulk of the company’s work is performed in the transit industry including numerous projects for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York. “We do a lot of work for the Port Authority as well,” Vice President Garen Artinian adds. 

Heatec pic copyHeatec builds on its heater and storage tank business by offering innovative technologies and facility design services.

By Tim O’Connor

When customers trust a vendor, they look for ways to expand that relationship. A successful partnership soon begs the question: “What else can you do for me?”

For 45 years, Heatec has been providing the answer. The Chattanooga, Tenn.-based company started in 1972 as a repairer and servicer of asphalt heaters but soon began designing and fabricating its own asphalt storage tanks. It evolved again in the 1990s when it developed a line of industrial heaters used in natural gas production, crude oil processing and chemical manufacturing. In the past 10 years, Heatec has even added a line of water heaters used in concrete production and food processing.

Fabcon Precast 3 picFabcon Precast is expanding geographically and investing in its facilities to remain the industry leader in precast products throughout the country.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

The future looks bright for Fabcon Precast as it continues to lead the industry in manufacturing and erection of precast concrete wall panels. The company prides itself on remaining flexible in an ever-changing industry while focusing on geographic expansion and capital improvements.

“I’m excited about the company’s future and the ownership right now,” Vice President of Sales Jim Houtman says. “The current economy and the markets we serve have put us in a sweet spot and I foresee the company will continue to grow and do really well.”

Sparks picSparks Company provides high-quality electrical services to long-term clients.

By Stephanie Crets

Sparks Company Inc. provides top-quality commercial and residential electrical services to companies in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. For more than 20 years, the company has been committed to improving services and finding better ways to help customers achieve their goals. Whether a customer is interested in updating its UPS system or installing new lighting, Sparks Company will provide the high-quality electrical services they expect.

Sparks Company works within a variety of industries but its biggest repeat customers are those in the healthcare educational and food processing industries, serving well-known brands such as Ocean Spray. It performs work such as installing fire and emergency safety systems, building fit-ups, lighting systems, HVAC controls and automation, commercial generators, UPS systems and electrical design for IT rooms. The company prefers to stay within five or six projects at a time, depending on its size.

“Most of our work is done by our own employees,” President John Sparks says. “We don’t hire too many subcontractors. Occasionally we’ll hire a fire alarm or security subcontractor, but that’s about it. All the other facets of what we do are done with our employees.”

Port AggregatesPort Aggregates has become a regional leader with concrete and stone products.

By Alan Dorich

After nearly 40 years, Port Aggregates Inc. has earned a loyal client base. “Our customers like doing business with [us],” owner and President Andrew Guinn says. “They not only get the correct quantity but quality.”

MJ ElectricThe Eastern operations of MJE’s Utility Division are seeing a boost in transmission work.

By Alan Dorich

When clients hire M. J. Electric (MJE) LLC, they know that they will receive top-level electrical construction services. “A lot of our customers look at us and they’ll acknowledge we’re not the cheapest game in town,” William Shaw says, “but they know they’re getting a quality project and the safest project.”

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