In 2006, Garrett and Bill Griffin took a big leap of faith and, with some financial backing from their parents, started Griffin Brothers Excavation LLC.
The first few years were tough. Small homeowner projects such as septic systems and other residential type work was all that seemed to be available to them.
Twenty-nine years ago, in 1991, Phil Marini decided to venture out on his own and start his own paving and masonry company in the New Haven and Fairfield counties of Connecticut.
With not much more than a wheelbarrow and a shovel to start with, he built a reputation for hard work and integrity, and today P & S Paving, which is headquartered in Seymour, Conn., employs more than 40 people.
Burns Construction was established in 1957 by Ed Burns Sr. with one truck, a small crew and a focus on residential paving. Over the course of the past 53 years, Burns has experienced steady growth and today is not only still involved in residential paving, but has expanded to tackling paving projects that include airport runways and everything in between.
Powerscreen New England recently held a grand opening celebration for its new facility in South Windsor, Conn. Located at 140 Nutmeg Road South, the 45,000-sq.-ft. modern facility features 20,000 sq. ft. of shop space with six bays and a 34-ft. high ceiling, along with overhead cranes.
According to popular lore, you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your handsome prince. In the case of Manchester Recycling & Materials, the frogs were the various types of crushing and screening equipment it has owned over the years. The prince? It's Powerscreen equipment.