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No. 23: Torcon Inc.: Founder’s customer-first mindset still fuels growth at 50-year-old Red Bank construction firm

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Torcon Inc.’s growing stature on the annual NJBIZ Top 250 Privately Held Companies list is easier to spot around the state — with the towering cranes and hard hats the company has brought to many sites recently — than a boom period for most companies might be.

Today, the construction management and general contracting firm is overseeing a number of high-profile projects in the region, such as the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s sizable new wellness and events center. It also recently finished up some significant undertakings, such as building a 650,000-square-foot office in Lawrenceville for Bristol-Myers Squibb.

These are more feathers in the cap of a company that recently reached its 50th anniversary, which was cause for its co-presidents, Ben Torcivia Jr. and Joseph Torcivia, to celebrate the progress of the once-bootstrapped business. They said the thriving company owes it all to the legacy of their late father and the firm’s founder, Benedict J. Torcivia Sr.

“Dad was driven to establish a customer-centric culture at Torcon, and it remains central to the success of our business,” Ben Torcivia Jr. said. “We believe that doing quality work and paying attention to what matters to our customers will allow us to maintain the long-term business relationships that are so important to us.”

The brothers at the helm of the Red Bank-based company were recognized for their approach when they were named Contractor of the Year in 2013 by the ENR New York trade publication.

Joseph Torcivia, like his brother, thinks the firm’s performance stems from its philosophy.

“We offer a level of sophistication needed to handle the most challenging and complex projects, and, as a privately-held company, we are user-friendly,” he said. “Coming off a record pace in 2016, and with momentum continuing this year, Torcon is committed to the principles that have fueled the company’s success.”

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