NEW BRITAIN - Manafort Brothers Inc. displayed several old and new trucks to kick off its 100th anniversary celebration, which attracted nearly 800 guests Friday at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.
“It’s a very exciting day,” Jim Manafort Jr., president of the company, said. “One hundred years of our family business is a pretty great milestone. Four generations through the process, and another fifth generation is now working in the company also. Today is a day to celebrate a lot of good things that have happened over the past 100 years and we celebrate our employees, our different business relationships that have helped us through the years, our family and friends. We certainly didn’t achieve this milestone on our own. It has been a lot of help along the way, especially through our very dedicated employees.”
On display were some of the company’s original trucks and the modern equipment now used on job sites.
The trucks were there “to get the construction feel to the celebration,” Manafort said.
Among the vehicles on display were a Mack truck tractor from the 1960s, a 2018 Kenworth tractor a Kenworth dump truck, and a high-reach excavator.
Speakers included Gerry Giulietti, who has handled the insurance and bonding aspects of the company for the past 38 years; Lou Pepe, the company and family attorney who has been helping with legal challenges and business transactions; and Marty Tubb, a 41-year employee.
Giulietti praised the business, calling Manafort Brothers one of the best construction companies in America. He added that the management team has a great heart and a great culture, which contributes to the continuous success of the work performed by the team at the construction company.
Manafort said that, since 1919, the company has experienced constant growth through diversification, technology and specialty equipment.
However, the team has had to adapt to changes in the industry and the processes of completing projects throughout the years.
“The economy has a lot to do with how busy we are at times,” Manafort said. “When the economy is slow, there’s less building going on, less municipal work, and those are the things that we depend on. There’s booming times as redevelopment occurs. Over the years we’ve been part of the redevelopment of local towns.”
Manafort also mentioned his gratitude to the New Britain and Plainville communities.
“New Britain and Plainville have been our local backbone,” Manafort added.
Employees, retirees, clients, support groups, family and friends were on hand for Friday’s celebration.
The event included dinner, a band, dancing and a video to “show a path for the next 100 years,” Manafort said.
To learn more about Manafort Brothers, visit its website at www.manafort.com .
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.