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Leaving the Nest D iFazio Industries may be only five years old, but don’t let the youth of the underground contractor fool you. The executive team of brothers John, Marc and Jeff DiFazio bring plenty of experience from their days working in their parents’ business – S. DiFazio and Sons Construction Inc. – which focused on the same market throughout the five boroughs of New York City since its inception in 1979. President John DiFazio and vice presidents Marc and Jeff DiFazio spun off from their parents’ business in 2004 to take on bigger projects the elder family members did not want to handle at this point in their careers. S. DiFazio and Sons is still up and running, but DiFazio Industries now tackles heavy construction projects with the same ethics and business practices the sons picked up from their parents. “The lesson we learned is to stick to the same values that they built their business on,” John DiFazio says. “Honesty and integrity is something we adhere to every day. We have strong values, and we try to stick to them.” Like its predecessor, DiFazio Industries focuses on the five boroughs of New York City and self-performs most of its own work on projects. The company focuses on all phases of underground utility work for clients throughout the city, which include Verizon’s New York operations and various other city agencies. DiFazio credits his company’s early success to the good reputation attached to his surname. He says his employees are maintaining that reputation and that is the reason DiFazio Industries has made such strides after just five years in business. “DiFazio has a great reputation” he says. “We always put great emphasis on teamwork. We feel that our success is due to our employees and our strong work ethic. We give our employees as many resources as possible to execute our projects. It’s the quality of our people who have pride in what they do every day which results in the superior performance that our clients have come to expect.” Industrial | DIFAZIO INDUSTRIES THE DIFAZIO BROTHERS HAVE GROWN DIFAZIO INDUSTRIES INTO A $40 MILLION FIRM. BY BRIAN SALGADO »The DiFazio brothersbythrive in the the construction sector sticking to values they learned over the years. www.difazioind.net • Annual sales: $40 million • Headquarters: Staten Island, N.Y. • Employees: 100 • Services: Heavy, highway and underground utility construction DiFazio Industries “The lesson we learned is to stick to the same values that [our parents] built their business on.” –John DiFazio, president Competitive Market In today’s competitive construction market, John DiFazio realized early on that offering as many value-added services as possible to his company’s capabilities would give DiFazio Industries a leg up on other heavy civil contractors in his region. With a dearth of quality paving and milling subcontractors in the New York region, DiFazio Industries started its own division – with Jeff DiFazio in charge – to selfperform the work. “It was a situation where we couldn’t find good subcontractors, so we decided to get out there and do the work ourselves,” John DiFazio says. “It has been very successful so far.” In 2000, the company founded Faztec Industries – a sand and gravel distributor and construction material recycling company. “It took us almost six years of planning and permitting, to get our New York City transfer station license and we just celebrated its twoyear anniversary in August ,” DiFazio says. “This is a key component in our vertical integration to be more competitive on projects going forward. We have to utilize the facility to be more competitive on projects, and this has helped us with low bids.” In fact, the facility was ready in time to help DiFazio Industries land the largest contract in its short history. In spring 2009, DiFazio Industries completed a $30 million contract for the New York City Department of Design and Construction when it replaced 72-inch diameter, ?-inch thick trunk main, along with a full road reconstruction on 86th Street in Brooklyn. DiFazio says the project – which broke ground in summer 2007 – was a very difficult project to complete. The most looming chalJANUARY 2010 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - January 2010
Construction Today - January 2010
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks
Construction Today - January 2010