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JP Hogan Coring and Sawing Corporation, Staten Island, NY

Thursday, April 9, 2015  

Bernadette  Hogan  has a vision for her company  and that is to be the number  one concrete cutting company in New York. So, after picking up the pieces of the business that her father founded  decades ago, and that Hurricane Sandy nearly destroyed recently, Bernadette  Hogan  sought to figure out how to gain a share of the concrete cutting market  in the tri-state  New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region.

“We’d never been asked for bonding,  but the subject came up over and over again at workshops and events we’d go to,” Bernadette remembered.

Then, in 2014, through a mentor- protégé relationship with Skanska Civil, she enrolled JP Hogan  Coring and Sawing in the SFAA/USDOT Bonding Education Program  (BEP).  In New York, the nine-week program was hosted by the USDOT’s Small Business Transportation Resource Center and the joint venture of Skanska Kiewit Ecco (SKE) for the Kosciuszko Bridge Replacement Project.

JP Hogan  understood that in order to grow and move up in the industry, the company  would need to adjust the way they operated the business. The BEP, with workshops led by industry experts in surety, accounting, legal, estimating,  project  management, and others accelerated  JP Hogan’s decision to align with construction professionals while holding on to a team of loyal workers  they had so carefully put together  over the course of two decades.

“We listened to the experts, examined  what we had and what we needed to improve on. The day after the workshops we would measure our strengths  and weaknesses and organize the knowledge  we had acquired  to make our case for bonding capacity presentable and strong,” said Kathleen Makowski, VP for Administration and Finance at JP Hogan.

The effort paid off. By the end of the BEP in December, JP Hogan Coring  and Sawing Corporation, a NY Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), was approved for bonding capacity up to $1 million. The company’s portfolio includes some of the region’s mega infrastructure projects:  The New NY Bridge Project, the Kosciuszko Bridge Replacement Project, the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, and the Second Avenue Subway among many others.

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