Contractor chosen for work on Southington pump station

Published on Thursday, 15 March 2018 20:28


SOUTHINGTON - The Town Council has awarded three tax abatements to local businesses and selected the contractor for the South End pump station project.

The low bid for the pump station rehabilitation came from the Kovacs Construction Co. of Oxford, one of four companies that bid on the project.

Its bid of $499,600 includes includes a $489,000 base bid, $300 for excavation of rock and concrete, $300 for unsuitable soil excavation and disposal, and a $10,000 utility allowance.

Going into the bidding process, the town had estimated the projects cost at $700,000.

Kovacs is involved in several bonded projects related to water and wastewater system improvements in nearby towns.

It also worked on a recently completed sludge-thickening project in Southington with “excellent results,” according a letter to the council signed by Town Attorney Carol Futtner, Finance Director Emelia Portelinha and Assistant Town Engineer Jim Grappone.

Project designer Tighe & Bond will perform construction inspection throughout the 345-day project, at a cost of $89,000.

A tax abatement was awarded to J&P Manufacturing of Plainville, which is building a 6,000-square-foot facility at 48 Industrial Drive. The company, which specializes in aerospace parts, plans to employ five or six people in its first year.

Another tax abatement was given to Top Line Productions, which has built a 13,300-square-foot commercial building, which will include a showroom, at 158 Industrial Drive for the manufacture wood furniture and cabinetry.

The final abatement was granted to Witchdoctor Brewing Company, which has opened a 4,000-square-foot brewery in Factory Square. Witchdoctor completed extensive renovations and opened a large window area for people walking the nearby trail to look in through.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Thursday, 15 March 2018 20:28. Updated: Thursday, 15 March 2018 20:30.