PLAINVILLE - Over the course of its 100-year history, Manafort Brothers Inc. has established itself as one of the biggest contractors in New England.
The company will be celebrating 100 years in business in November, and the history of the company goes back through four generations of the Manafort family.
“When my grandfather started the business in 1919, it was called New Britain House Wrecking Company,” Jon Manafort said of his grandfather, James Manafort.
Originally, the family-owned company focused on taking buildings apart and selling the materials. In the 1940s, brothers Anthony, Frank, John and Paul Manafort Sr. took over the company and started using more mechanical tools and vehicles like cranes. The brothers officially changed the name of the company to Manafort Brothers in 1946.
Another two decades passed until the third generation of the family took over - Jim Sr., Frank Jr. and Jon Manafort. Under the leadership of these three in the 1960s. Manafort Brothers continued to expand its focus to construction work including concrete, civil and utility, demolition, abatement and remediation, highway and bridge, nuclear decommissioning, rail and mass transit.
“We expanded to doing work all around New England,” Jon Manafort said.
Now, the fourth generation of Jim Jr., David, Jason and Justin Manafort has continued to expand the family’s company. Manafort Brothers employs about 1,000 people and is expanding its headquarters since it’s outgrown the space.
Manafort Brothers also has locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
“We’ve become probably the largest multi-discipline contractor in New England,” Jon Manafort said.
Manafort Brothers has been involved in many projects in the area, including specialty contractor work on New Britain’s downtown CTfastrak station.
While the company is now just over the border from New Britain in Plainville, it remains involved in the city.
“We’ve always been in this area and we continue to participate in a lot of local things,” Jon Manafort said.
Jon Manafort, who calls himself “semi-retired” since he still helps around with the business, said he hopes the family’s legacy of good work in the area continues for decades to come.
“Hopefully, there are more generations coming and maybe we can do another 100 years,” Jon Manafort said.
For more information on Manafort Brothers, go to www.manafort.com or call the corporate office at 860-229-4853.