Large cities have sometimes been nicknamed “concrete jungles” because of the large amount of concrete visible almost everywhere that you look. New York City is certainly no different. However, out of the many concrete companies that call New York their home, there is one especially notable as it just celebrated its 105th anniversary.
On October 22, 2008 the Roman Stone Construction Company formerly of Brooklyn and now based in Bay Shore, Long Island held an open house celebration for friends, family, vendors and their many customers. Guests were treated to a sumptuous feast held outdoors under a tent and also had the option of taking a full plant tour. Executive VP, Layne Urbas, commented that “the only thing better than the food is our concrete, mixed to perfection in our two new mixers coincidentally imported from Italy.” Coincidentally, because that is where the original five brothers who started the company were from.
Founded in 1903 by the Montalbine Family Roman Stone is still family owned and co-run by Mr. Urbas, an employee with the company for 32 years, and Thomas Montalbine, the great-grandson of one of the founders. Although for years it was a construction company erecting foundations for such landmarks as the Vitagraph Studios in Brooklyn (where they filmed silent movies), the passing of two World Wars and the Depression saw it emerge as a specialist in precast concrete. Today it is still producing high quality concrete and in fact supplies the concrete conduit that fellow Association member Con Edison (founded 1823) uses for its underground cable network. As Mr. Urbas likes to point out- concrete, although heavy, is one of the most durable and sustainable materials you can use. You can bet everyone at Roman Stone is glad Con Edison thinks so too.