May 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM
SPARTA, NJ - The partners and employees of CP Engineers & Architecture celebrated the ribbon-cutting for their new company headquarters, opening the doors to customer members, business associates, family members and friends, on Tuesday, May 21.
Prior to the ribbon-cutting, guests had the opportunity to tour the headquarters building.
"It's nice to have a place to call 'home'," said Hap Rowan, the company's director of business development and marketing.
Rowan said the company partners, Joe Toscano, Ray Roggero, and Stan Puszcz, all worked together to bring the new facility to life.
The company has grown to more than 20 employees since the acquisition of Cerenzio & Panaro exactly a year prior.
"They [the partners] had a vision, went with it, and these guys made it happen," Rowan said. "It [the acquisition and construction in the building] was done very efficiently, and timing is everything."
And since then, the group has moved into the newly refurbished 5,000-square-foot facility.
Jim Brocato was one of the attendees at the open house, and has worked with the partners.
"The key players, Stan, Joe, and Ray, have got a lot of technical talent," said Brocato. "And in my mind, that's the key to a successful engineering career."
Brocato has been involved with all three, in the Knights of Columbus, and Puszcz, is involved with the Columbian Squires, the youth end of the organization. Brocato noted the partners' very active role in the community, as well as Toscano's ownership of the Rita's Italian Ice franchise in town.
"I don't know how Joe sleeps at night," said Brocato, of Toscano's busy schedule.
"Thank you all very much for coming, we appreciate everybody being here," said Toscano to the nearly 100 guests who attended the ribbon cutting.
Following the ribbon cutting, guests were treated to a barbecue on the facility's grounds from Ronnie's All American, followed by Rita's Italian Ice as they cooled off under the large tents. Temperatures for the day reached close to 90 degrees.
Dignitaries who attended included Senator Steve Oroho, Surrogate Gary Chiusano, Sparta Township Mayor Gil Gibbs, Sparta Councilwomen Molly Whilesmith and Christine Quinn, Former Sussex County Freeholder Glen Vetrano, Sussex County Surrogate Candidate Alicia Ferrante, Sussex County Freeholder Candidate and Frankford Township Committeeman Gary Larson, and Byram Township Councilman Carlos Luaces.
"This is a very exciting time for our company," said Toscano. "In the past year, we have made several small acquisitions, started several new business ventures, relocated our corporate headquarters to our new building on Sparta Avenue in Sparta, and most importantly, we have continued to foster growth and employment opportunities in the community."
There were two ribbon cuttings, one led by the partners, with Toscano holding the scissors, and the second, with Tammie Horsfield, President of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce.
"Today's celebration isn't just about our new location," said Roggero. "It's about all this company and our incredible group of people have accomplished over the past 12 months. Today we celebrate and showcase not only our rich past and present but also the future success and direction of our company."
Puszcz commented about the company and its business philosophies, "It's all about customer service and interaction. Many companies refuse to change their approach to business, even though the environment around them is constantly changing. As a company, you must be flexible and help your customers navigate through and foster change. Our customers deserve the very best that we can offer and anything less is unacceptable."
CP Engineers & Architecture has experience in architecture, water supply, resource planning and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, solid waste management, surface and ground water modeling, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing, civil and environmental engineering.
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