George Harms Construction Co.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy joined public and private officials Sept. 15 at a ceremonial groundbreaking on the $595 million Raritan River Bridge replacement project. The event marked the beginning of construction to replace the existing swing-span bridge, known as River Draw, which was damaged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and has experienced recurring maintenance issues.

Construction on the long-awaited Route 7/Wittpen Bridge in Jersey City should conclude in 2022, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), which is overseeing the project. But the agency also said vehicle traffic could be moving over the bridge as early as next year.

New Jersey's George Harms Construction is a leading contractor in the Garden State. At the recent Manitowoc Group's Crane Days event in Shady Grove, Pa., the company didn't set out be a leader there, but when Rob Harms, CEO of George Harms Construction, saw a prototype of the new Manitowoc MLC100-1 crawler crane in action, he knew his company needed to purchase one — and as a result, the company became the first in the United States to place an order for the new 110-ton machine.

In what is best described as an iconic moment, three generations of Hoffman leadership gathered this summer for a job tour with George Harms Construction Co. on the site of the new Route 72/Manahawkin Bay Bridge in Long Beach Island, N.J. Harms Construction is a large, New Jersey-based contractor that specializes in bridge construction, highway construction, foundation work, and pipeline construction.