The Manafort Brothers Inc. demolition company has been in business since 1919.
“When my grandfather started the business in 1919, it was called New Britain House Wrecking Company,” Jon Manafort said of his grandfather, James Manafort.
Their employees have experience in concrete, civil and utility, demolition, and more. A few examples of their work are the CT Fastrak Busway, New Britain to Hartford Station, Boston College St. Mary’s Hall, Fedex Ground Hub, Yale University’s Pauli Murry and Benjamin Franklin Colleges, The American School for the Deaf, Plainfield Renewable Energy Power Plant.
In 2018, the company reached a major milestone when it celebrated its 100th year anniversary.
“One hundred years of our family business is a pretty great milestone,” said Jim Manafort Jr., president of the company.
The company has also received a #1 ranking in the Excavation and Foundation category in 2000. They also were requested to assist in the demolition and removal of the World Trade Center buildings after 9/11. More recently the Manafort Brothers performed all of the concrete work on the new ground transportation center at Bradley International Airport, and they were the General Contractor and performed a majority of work on the Rhode Island Pier 2 Project at Quonset Business Park.
Some of their longer projects to complete are roads, bridges, and school construction. They are a fourth generation, family-owned business who says that they have stuck with the business because they have expanded their capabilities and they enjoy building exciting projects. They love what they do, and they do not see it as a family obligation.
To be a part of the team, they said you have to have construction knowledge, or be capable of being trained to perform in a specific job, and as long as conditions are safe for the employees, they do not stop working. They do take extra precautions, especially during the summer heat waves, by staying hydrated.
Aside from assisting communities in the construction field, they also help out communities by hosting various events, such as their James Manafort Sr. Memorial Charity Golf Tournament that supports local charities, the U.S Marine Toys for Tots drive, and an annual Touch-a-Truck event that is held at their offices.