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Civil | J-TRACK LLC
On Track to Succeed
J-TRACK CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ONGOING U.S. EXPANSION. BY CHRIS KELSCH
decade ago, J-Track started as a
track company and eventually
became a general contractor as
well. "This opportunity was only
possible through the faith and trust that
Tom Iovino [CEO of Judlau Enterprise] had
at the time," J-Track President Mitch Levine
says. "He was able to foresee the future for
J-Track to succeed."
Now after only 10 years in business,
J-Track is expanding its track division to
projects in Chicago, Massachusetts, Texas
and eventually throughout the entire United States. "We started as a track company,"
explains Scott Sbrocco, vice president of
sales. "We had a vision that we would eventually expand throughout the country as a
The company got off to a fast start in
2007, securing key jobs with Metropolitan
Transportation Authority (MTA) throughout the five boroughs of New York within
months of opening its doors. J-Track was
successful with its first bid, winning the
poured concrete portion on Pier 86 that
houses the world famous "Intrepid Museum" on the west side of Manhattan.
A few months later, J-Track was the successful bidder on two major projects as the
general contractor, self-performing all the
concrete work, excavation and track for the
Staten Island Railway and the Long Island
Rail Road. The fast start was owed partly to
the experience of the founding team. Mitch
Levine, Christopher Vito and Scott Sbrocco
all had extensive experience around the
metropolitan New York area, working on
various projects for the MTA.
Sbrocco in particular was able to use his
engineering background to cut costs, allowing J-Track to come in as a lower bidder
against several contractors with years in
the business. "At the beginning I was the
estimator and project manager," Sbrocco
recalls. "So I knew soup to nuts how to do
the job, bring in the right people with little
overhead, and minimal equipment. Our
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has been very successful
in New York and recently
expanded into Chicago.
overhead was kept low, and those savings
were able to be passed on to our customers."
It was after Superstorm Sandy in 2012, however, when the company really took off. Due
to extensive damage from Sandy, several
track routes and transit tunnels throughout
the New York area had to be repaired - particularly in the coastal areas of New Jersey
and Queens - and quickly. Two days after
* Revenue: $65 million
* Headquarters: College Point, N.Y.
* Employees: 130
* Specia y: Track work,
"We would love to have a
presence in all 48 tates."
- Mitch Levine, president
the storm struck, the MTA contacted J-Track
to perform emergency storm repairs.
One of those key projects was along the A
line in the Far Rockaways, a stretch of track
that runs along John F. Kennedy Interna-