SOUTHINGTON — A Cheshire heavy duty towing company hopes to start up in Southington following approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Sean Strollo, owner of Strollo Brothers & Sons, said it’s his seventh attempt to expand his business to Southington and the company still needs approval from the state Department of Motor Vehicles in order to open.
“I keep on trying,” he said.
Other locations have fallen through, he said, and one was rejected by the state after he’d spent about $30,000 on improvements.
“That was very, very frustrating,” Strollo said.
On Tuesday, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special exception for a truck towing and repair facility for 33 Norton St.
The property is Fran’s Auto Center, owned by Fran Kenefick. He’ll rent a portion of his building to Strollo for the towing truck business’ expansion.
“I think Southington deserves a class outfit like the Strollo boys,” Kenefick said. “They’ve got some great equipment. They’ve been in business for years and years and years. They run a good show.”
In addition to snow plowing, Strollo does heavy truck towing. Towing jobs are given on a rotation to area towing companies. Without a heavy towing company in town, Southington’s rotation included companies from area towns. Strollo’s was knocked out of the Southington rotation when another company opened in Southington and wants to get back into the market with a location in town.
Kenefick said he used to be in the towing business but left, saying the market has changed drastically. His auto center now specializes in Subaru repairs.
Strollo said he’s planning to put two heavy wreckers in Southington if the shop is approved. That could open up work on the highways recovering tractor-trailers and other trucks.
“I love to do the rollovers, the tractor-trailer recovery, the challenge of it,” Strollo said.