This July, Mazzella Lifting Technologies will celebrate its first anniversary as one of the largest independently owned overhead lifting equipment companies in the nation. It will celebrate this milestone, however, while also looking back at nearly 60 years in the industry.
“Mazzella was started by my dad, Jim Mazzella, in 1954,” says Tony Mazzella, second generation owner and president of Mazzella Lifting Technologies. “He came into the business because his dad, Antonio Mazzella, was an inventor and had invented several types of wire rope slings and had patents on them.”
If anything is worth doing, it is worth doing right. At Manitok Energy Inc., employees do their best to ensure that tasks are completed professionally and with a high level of quality, COO and Vice President of Exploration Tim de Freitas says.
“[Our] specialized geologists work 24-7, with continuous discussion with the operations team to make sure we do hit the target,” de Freitas explains. “They are making sure we don’t get into trouble, while directionally drilling along the right path to intersect the best part of the highly structured foothills reservoirs. Our drilling team is first class, and has nearly 100 collective years of experience dealing with these complex plays.”
Lydford Mining Co. is making big plans to expand its limestone export business in keeping with the Jamaican government’s policy of increasing mineral exports from the island. The St. Ann, Jamaica-based company mines several thousand tonnes of limestone annually together with its derivatives and targets 1 million tonnes of yearly production within four years.
After 30 years, K/M Specialty Pumps & Systems Inc. has not only established itself as a successful business, but it also has had a hand in making others successful, Operations Manager Ronnie Franz says. “A significant portion of America’s infrastructure is made possible by K/M Specialty Products & Systems Inc.,” he states.
Based in Chandler, Ind., the firm supplies all types of specialty pumps, lubricants, and lubrication equipment and systems. Founder Russ Welder started the company in 1982, with the goal of selling and servicing municipal pumps.
As the old saying goes, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” That was certainly true for Brian Kengor, founder and president of Kengor Metals LLC. Kengor had been in the roofing and siding business serving industrial clients since 1995, but was disappointed in the lack of customer service focus at the companies he worked for. He says many of these suppliers didn’t devote as much attention to field support and technical assistance as he felt they should have.
For ITI Trailers & Truck Bodies, it is critical to stay ahead of the curve and proactive, President Lenny Lottig says. “We’re [often] looking at how we can make our products a little bit better, and not just sitting in the sidelines and watching issues come to the surface,” Lottig states.
The Meyersdale, Pa.-based firm designs and manufactures oilfield and over-the-road trailers and truck bodies. A longtime veteran of the industry, Lottig spent 10 years as a production manager at ITI before purchasing it in 2007.
Experience is the name of the game
for Independence Excavating. As one of the country’s largest, and arguably most experienced excavating companies, Independence had modest, family oriented beginnings. The DiGeronimo family founded the business in 1956 that quickly became known throughout Independence, Ohio, as the go-to company for residential basement, sanitary and drainage projects.
Pat Conarro believes that Holloway Pipe is well positioned to support oil, gas, and water pipeline restoration. Combining high-performance polyurea or polyaspartic coatings and by using trenchless technology, the Holloway Pipe restoration process is more cost-effective than other restoration methods.