Trenchless Technology

NOV 2018

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26 T R E N C H L E S S T EC H N O LO GY N OV E M B E R 2018 N O R T H A M E R I C A N M I C R O T U N N E L I N G 2 0 1 8 R E V I E W F ounded in 1978 as Northeast Utilities, Northeast Remsco has grown over the last four decades to become a leader in the utility and transportation mar- kets, surpassing $1 billion worth of construction works completed over its history. In recent years, the company has been rolled into JAG Companies, which includes market segment lead- ers Huxted Tunneling , Caldwell Ma- rine International and ECI Drilling International . While much has changed over the past 40 years, the company 's core values – key to its early success – are still apparent . In fact , walking into the office of president and CEO Rolando " Roly " Acosta, one gets the immediate sense of openness that is a hallmark of the company. Northeast Remsco's growth and acquisitions were possible because the firm was open to opportu- nity – no matter how unexpected; its dynamic nature is a direct result of an open-door policy between the family, management and staff; and its stabil - ity seems due – at least in part – to an openness to introspection and out- side input . A wide receiver from Pop Warner through Princeton University, Acosta attributes his management style to his time on the football field. " The expe- rience you have in a team where one day you need to be a leader, the next day you need to be a follower, but the entire time you need to be a teammate – that is our experience here, and the word team means a lot to me. We op - erate as a team; we use 'we' not ' I '." " My dad's management style is much different than mine. He com- mands the room where I tend to work a room. But I understand that I don't have to be him and vice versa. They 're different companies too," he adds. " My dad had his own challenges try- ing to start and run a company, but mine are going to be a bit different as the second generation trying to come in and grow an existing operation." When Juan Gutierrez founded Northeast Remsco – then called Northeast Utilities – he was looking to carve out his own piece of the Ameri- can Dream , fueling his fledgling com- pany with pure entrepreneurial work ethic and a very supportive family. " The office was downstairs," Acosta remembers. " The dining room was my dad's office, in the living room was Julie the receptionist , and Car- mine the estimator was in the family room . I had breakfast with them be - fore school every day. " The firm eventually moved out of the home office, mainly working on central New Jersey sewer projects. By the early 1980s they were taking on in- creasingly larger projects and expand- ing into Delaware and Connecticut . In the 1990s, Gutierrez shifted focus toward microtunneling to complete more complicated underground con- struction, and eventually purchased Remsco Associates, pump station con- tractors. By the 2000s they were in full Northeast Remsco Construction Celebrates 40 years BY ZO E B A L D W I N

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