PLAINVILLE — As he swept the garage floors of Manafort Brothers construction as a teenager, Justin Manafort thought about one day being part of the company’s centennial celebration.
“When I was working in the garage I always thought it would be great to see the company through the 100th anniversary,” said Manafort, now company vice president. “As a young kid just starting out, it definitely was a big accomplishment to see everybody together for the 100 year celebration.”
Manafort Brothers Inc. marked the milestone with a celebration at the Aqua Turf in Southington on Nov. 9, complete with a display of some of its heavy equipment in the parking lot. About 850 people attended.
“It was really phenomenal to get everybody in one room,” said Manafort, whose great grandfather started the company. “We have a phenomenal group of employees. We treat everybody like family and everyone dives into the project and cares about getting it done right.”
Justin Manafort works alongside Jim Jr., David and Jason Manafort.
“My father always told us, go to school be a lawyer, be a doctor, be something you don't have to stand out in the cold every day. We didn’t really listen to him,” Justin Manafort said.
The company was founded in 1919 as New Britain House Wrecking Company by James Manafort. It specialized in dismantling homes and selling the building materials for re-use. As the company took on larger jobs, clients began asking for them to do more. The company added construction, excavation, bridge and highway installation, and concrete work.
The company has worked on four nuclear power plants, including the Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Haddam Neck. It also assisted in the construction of the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos, as well as the 525,000 square foot FedEx Ground hub facility in Middletown.
Town Manager Robert Lee said Manafort Brothers has helped put Plainville on the map.
“They certainly brought attention not only to themselves, but also the town,” he said.
Lee noted that the company managed the demolition of the old Linden Street School, which was completed quickly and under budget.
“I think Plainville is very fortunate to have Manafort Brothers located in our community and I think they’re very happy to be in Plainville as well,” he said.