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'We are very loyal to our personnel and
they are very loyal to us.'
Although this is Secondino & Son's first project with Stihl, "We
have worked together [very] well," he reports. "They're a family
owned business as well. We look forward to a long and successful
business relationship."

Being Open
Many architects and subcontractors enjoy working with Secondino
& Son. "We have assembled a great team of vendors that we work
with," Secondino says, noting that this includes many that the company has used for over three decades.
The company has nurtured these relationships through fair
business dealings and a consistent flow of work. This element has
been a key in the face of disaster. Architects, engineers and municipal response teams throughout the region have come to rely on
Secondino & Son's ability to respond to all forms of weather-related
emergencies and natural disasters impacting buildings and other
structures. "A phone call or an email to Secondino & Son's offices
generates a response within hours, not days," Al Secondino states.

The Highest Priority
A. Secondino & Son Inc.'s safety initiatives help it to maintain a very
high safety rating, Assistant Vice President Dan Secondino says. "We
have weekly toolbox talks in the field on all of our projects and we
make sure all employees are trained on all of the latest industry
practices on safety," he describes.
The company also employs a full-time safety officer who is constantly on call and assures safety compliance at all project sites. "We
also have an eight-person safety committee comprised of management and field personnel. They meet bi-monthly to establish policies
and procedures that are in compliance with ever-changing industry
standards and beyond," Secondino adds.
business friendly climate for companies; this has been very positive
for our local community."
Alfred Secondino also predicts continuity. "My grandson is here,
my son is here and we're 121 years old this year," he says. "We're the
second oldest company in Connecticut and growing."

Staying Loyal
Secondino & Son's family ownership has nurtured an open work
environment. Its employees "know they can walk into our offices
to talk about whatever concerns or [personal] problems they may
have," he says.
The company also is committed to not laying off its valued
employees, which is a policy that it has maintained throughout its
existence to insure that its employees have a dependable income.
Although this has led to some tough times during recessions,
Alfred Secondino declares, "We are very loyal to our personnel and
they are very loyal to us."
Those loyal employees include over 20 seasoned project superintendents; most of whom have more than 25 years of tenure with the
company, Dan Secondino says.
Vice President David Secondino and Lead Estimator Gary Broderick have also "been a huge advantage in growing our public segment
of the company," Secondino says. "We're very comfortable knowing
that they are there running that sector."

Ready for a Comeback
Secondino & Son is seeing a return of private sector work, Dan
Secondino says. In the past four years, 90 percent of the company's
business consisted of public work, including schools, fire and police
stations, libraries, and other municipal and government projects.
"Now it's 60-40, with 40 percent being private and on the increase,"
he says, noting that this includes medical and biotech work. "The
economy is bringing those companies back to Connecticut particularly at our headquarter location in Branford which is providing a

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