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JOMAC Construction Delivers Total Site Contracting With Help From Cat

Fri September 11, 2009 - Northeast Edition
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JOMAC employees and its fleet of Cat machines.
JOMAC employees and its fleet of Cat machines.

Every Caterpillar enthusiast would love to claim a 50-plus fleet of all Cat machines. Mike McCabe, president of JOMAC Construction, says it honestly and with a smile. JOMAC has a full fleet of Cat equipment — from skid steers to backhoes, from wheel loaders to excavators — and the capability to handle any total site and utility development project.

Founded in 1980, JOMAC began its life in the construction industry by building houses, which didn’t prove extremely profitable. McCabe and his wife Lorraine, vice president of JOMAC, sensed the need for something the industry didn’t have yet — experienced site contractors. In 1989, they rose to the challenge, bid on and received the entire site work package for a commercial plaza in Monmouth County. This meant they handled every aspect of site development: demolition, clearing, earthwork, all utilities, curbs, sidewalks, asphalt paving, line striping — even the landscaping and parking lot lighting.

“We have established a strong niche in the commercial/industrial construction line of work since then,” said Dean Foulks, general manager of JOMAC. “We’ve completed a large number of public projects as well.”

Currently in its 29th year in business, JOMAC has experienced a plethora of jobs over the years, and appreciates Foley and Caterpillar for their help in accomplishing the company’s goals.

“It would be easier for me to list what products we haven’t rented or purchased from Foley — even my clothes and hat are from Foley,” said McCabe. “From computer software to cutting edges, tires to tracks, diagnostic tools to quick-connect attachments, we count on Foley to ensure all of our jobs are done right the first time, and to exceed the customer’s expectations.”

One job that JOMAC is particularly reminiscent about is the Middletown 9-11 Memorial Gardens. JOMAC volunteered its time to serve as project manager/prime contractor and build this memorial in 2002. By enlisting the help of other individual contractors with roots in Middletown, eight months later they were able to donate a permanent tribute to the 37 Middletown residents whose lives were lost as a result of the World Trade Center attacks.

“This was an important and meaningful job and it was great to see all individual contractors come together, like Stavola, Trap Rock and K. Hovnanian, to name a few, to help build this memorial,” said Foulks. “It was very rewarding for our company to pull the project together and make our town proud.”

Today, due to the generosity of these contractors, the memorial features a landscaped walking path with individual memorials.

JOMAC also is working on the final stages of a large commercial center in North Bergen. With more than 40 acres being developed, JOMAC contracted out the remediation on the Brown Fields and completed the infrastructure and underground work itself. The last store should be ready to open December 2009. Helping prepare for this large project was Foley sales consultant Jon Musicant. McCabe relies on Musicant not just for service or literature, but also as a trusted consultant and friend.

“No matter what I need, he finds it for me,” said McCabe. “After dealing with Jon for eight years, I can trust him to help me make the right business decisions to benefit our company. He is not just about selling the equipment.”

McCabe also credits Foley technician Tony Verdi for making sure work tool attachments function properly, and for solving other problems that arise.

This story was reprinted with permission from Foley PayDirt Magazine, Summer 2009.

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