Case Studies

E-Tomic General Contracting & Construction Management Inc.

Providing building solutions in New Jersey for 30 years

For more than 30 years, E-Tomic General Contracting & Construction Management Inc. has been a licensed general contractor serving New Jersey. Founded in 1984 by John Tomic, E-Tomic is a contracting firm that specializes in all levels of commercial, industrial and residential construction services.

In order for a company to remain in business for more than three decades, it must deliver exceptional services and create lasting relationships with satisfied customers. Rhys Williams, vice president of E-Tomic, says that the quality of work and the extent of the services that his company provides is the reason for Etomic’s longevity.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of our work,” says Williams. “In 30 years we have never failed to complete a job. We always follow through with our warranty work as well. Oftentimes we’ll even go above and beyond what the warranty calls for.”

Williams, who has been in the construction industry for 41 years, began his career as a carpenter learning construction practices from the ground up. After completing courses in construction management at Middlesex County College, he obtained a building and mechanical inspector license from the New Jersey department of Community Affairs. Since then, Williams has focused on construction management.

As owner and president of Etomic for 30 years, John Tomic has been guiding the growth of the company not only in terms of volume, but also in terms quality. Tomic has built a reputation for completing diverse projects, in the United States as well as internationally. Estimating, supervisory field activities, quality and cost controls are all part of his knowledge and duties.

A growing portfolio

With a niche market in tenant fit-outs, E-Tomic often creates residential space from a base facility. The company is currently involved in a housing project in New Brunswick which includes adding 10 residential units to a 250-year-old church.

“The church was struggling to stay open,” explains Williams. “They made a deal with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) to add the residential units in the back of the church and it will become a shelter for battered women.” The church however, will remain open in the front, and Williams says the timeline for the job is 10 to 12 months.

As far as recently completed projects, Williams refers to a day care center in Newark. “It’s a $1.8 million two-story day care that we’re just now completing,” says Williams.

The project began in March 2014 and presented many challenges to E-Tomic. “It was in the middle of Newark and between two existing buildings,” says Williams. “There were old foundations containing water that we had to dig out along with some other problems. With our great crew we were able to overcome all these issues and complete the project on time.”

Enduring relationships

E-Tomic currently has 10 full-time employees on board. The team is dispersed evenly with five office workers and five carpenters who work in the field. Depending on the size of the job, E-Tomic will typically self-perform all carpentry work. “We usually hire subcontractors for everything else,” explains Williams. “Generally, we try to hire the same subs because we have a great working relationship with them. We have partnerships with at least two subcontractors in every field.”

When the recession hit in 2008, the construction industry was at the forefront of the devastating repercussions. Many companies experienced mass layoffs while thousands were forced out of business completely. While E-Tomic was not immune to the downturn, the company adjusted accordingly. “We had to scale down a little bit,” says Williams. “Fortunately we’ve maintained great relationships with all of our customers so repeat business has really helped us through the tough times.”

Williams takes pride in the relationship he maintains with his customers. “I go to work every day and am very proud of the quality work we do and how we will do whatever it takes to make our customers happy,” explains Williams. “I’m also proud of the types of projects we do.”

Progressing into the future, Williams plans to continue with the path that the company has been on for the past few years. With the success of the residential project in Newark, Williams says he would like to focus on sector of the industry.

“That’s kind of my thing,” says Williams. “I build apartment buildings and that market is beginning to pick up again so we would like to start doing more of that.” With more than 30 years of experience, E-Tomic General Contracting & Construction Management Inc. will continue to provide high-quality, innovative building solutions throughout New Jersey. 

Published on: September 15, 2015

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