Eosso Brothers Paving begins its 18th year in business this year, and the three brothers that run the operation have a unique outlook on providing construction work.
"We have built a reputation over the years for our honesty and dedication to the industry and work hard to educate our customers," says Tom Eosso, vice president. "And we hear all the time from managers about the bad experiences they have had with other paving contractors and how easy it is to deal with Eosso Brothers.
"Our goal is to give our customers a great experience."
And that "experience" involves more than doing a quality job in a timely manner - especially considering the customer market Eosso Brothers pursues: homeowners associations.
"Working in condo, retirement, and town home communities is difficult," Tom says. "We are working with a lot of people, there are people watching us through their windows. And it's an inconvenience to people who have to be out of their court for a 24 hour period."
But over the years Eosso Brothers Paving has learned how to handle that.
An Unbeatable Team
Eosso Brothers Paving has been in business officially since 1992, but it actually started 30 years before that when Anthony Eosso, father of the current three principles in the company, specialized in excavating and preparing communities for a single builder. The three Eosso brothers - Tom, Gary, and Anthony - began working with their dad before they were teenagers, and along the way he taught them the business. By the time they turned 17 they were all, by their own admission, "excellent" operators.
But then came the late 1980s and recession hit.
"He had all his eggs in one basket, working with the same builder," Tom Eosso says. "Work came to a halt, and his business was devastated. His company went out of business, and Gary and I went to work for other companies."
But one of the things about families is they often like to spend time together, and by 1992 the three brothers began talking about getting into the paving sealcoating business. "We wanted to work together," Tom says. "The three of us are a team, and together no one can stop us."
Then they had to decide what kind of paving and sealcoating business they wanted. "We were so scared to get involved with builders," Tom says. At the time Tom lived in a condo community, and one day he was talking with the property manager. "I told her we were going into business and asked if she had any upcoming work," Tom says. "She needed a retaining wall built. The project was $25,000, and it was our first job."
Other than the retaining wall Eosso Brothers worked 100% in residential driveways that first year. "We started targeting homeowner associations and never looked back," Tom says.
A Paving and Sealcoating Focus
Today the contractor specializes in paving and pavement maintenance for "communities" throughout New Jersey. Eosso Brothers runs three crews a day, and all crews are cross-trained to be able to handle all phases of pavement work. In addition to paving driveways and parking lots, the contractor owns a Wirtgen 120 milling machine, which it rents out with an operator.
Eosso Brothers also owns two infrared repair machines and was one of the first contractors to introduce the repair method in New Jersey. (Tom Eosso is presenting "Improving Your Infrared Pavement Repair Operation" at National Pavement Expo, Jan. 20-23 in Nashville). "Infrared has helped our company in many ways," he says. "Infrared is like having an asphalt eraser; if you make a mistake, it can be fixed." The line striping crew follows up the sealcoating and paving operations, and a drainage crew installs pipe and repairs sinkholes.
Eosso Brothers now has 30 employees, including five office staff, an operators manager to prepare projects, and a full-time mechanic. And much of the staff is family: Kim Mazzoni, their sister, is "the backbone in the office," setting up all work and handling payables. Linda Eosso, Tom's wife, handles human resources. Nick Eosso, a cousin who is a marine veteran with two tours of duty in Iraq, is the contractor's drainage specialist and handles line striping. Rob Tampone, operations manager, is Gary Eosso's brother-in-law, and Ralph Mazzoni, a nephew, recently started with the company.