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Engineering firm celebrates 50 years of developing Southington

SOUTHINGTON — For the past 50 years Kratzert, Jones and Associates Inc. has worked on hundreds of projects throughout town from small houses to large business developments.

“We plan to work hard another 50 years to serve the community that we’ve been blessed to be in,” said Severino Bovino, the co-owner and vice president of the company.

This year the company is happy to celebrate its golden anniversary.

Kratzert Jones and Associates was started in Southington in 1963 by Arthur Kratzert and Roger Jones. The company provided land surveying and planning services. Since then, the company expanded its services to include civil and structural engineering, regulatory permitting, building architecture and construction services. Nine people work at the company, handling hundreds of clients throughout Southington and central Connecticut.

Bovino started working for the company in 1971 as a land surveyor. He purchased the company from Kratzert and Jones in 1986 with his business partner James Sakonchick, now co-owner and president.

Bovino said he didn’t change the name of the company “out of respect” for the past owners.

“There was a lot of sacrifice to start the company,” Bovino said. “We felt it was the right thing to do.”

Kratzert, Jones and Associates made a name for itself in town among developers and town officials with its help on many projects.

One of the major current projects is a 94-lot subdivision at the Pine Valley Golf Course site. Nine of the 18 holes at the course are to be transformed into a residential subdivision. The company has been working closely with Mark Lovley, of Lovley Development Inc. in Plantsville, on the project.

“He has big plans there,” said Andrew Quirk, also a vice president with Kratzert, Jones and Associates. “It’s exciting.”

The company also helped Lovley with a 55,000-square-foot retail establishment at 1095 West St. that is slated for completion in the fall. Last year, the company helped Mount Southington modernize its ski lifts. Bovino also worked with many businesses on Queen Street, laughing while saying there were “too many to remember” through the years. Three years ago the company worked with Yarde Metals in Southington on a 350,000-square-foot addition.

“I’d like to congratulate them on 50 years, it’s a phenomenal achievement,” said Lou Perillo, Southington economic development coordinator. “They’ve done a significant number of engineering (jobs) for many of the sites in town. Their work is evident.”

Kratzert, Jones and Associates also engineered many major projects at Lake Compounce amusement park.

In 2011, Compounce paid to relocate Mount Vernon Road to create six acres of space for expansion of its water park. Kratzert, Jones and Associates was one of the main civil engineering companies on the project.

For the past 11 years, Jerry Brick, general manager for Lake Compounce, has been working with the company.

“They know the town very well. They know what they have to do very well,” Brick said. “From my standpoint, it’s so easy to work with them because they listen to what we’re asking for. They did quite a bit of work for us.”

Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce is in the works at the former Norton property on about 30 acres. Kratzert, Jones and Associates are involved with the construction of the campground.

Quirk said he’s proud that the company has done well in town despite the troubling economy.

“A big part of our success is our client base,” said Quirk, who has been a partner with the company since 2004. “We work together. It’s a small company but from concept to construction, we work together.” (203) 317-2212 Twitter: @FollowingFarrah

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