J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc.

C O N T R A C T O R S

member of the Board of Directors of the Utility
and Transportation Contractors of New Jersey
since 2003. He is currently Chairman of the
Legislative Committee and a member of the
Labor Committee. He served as President from
2012 - 2013. Joe continues to serve on the
UTCA Executive Board and is the appointed
management representative for Heavy Highway
Laborers Local 472 / 172. Joe is in line for a
second term as UTCA President in 2019.

Joseph T. Walsh
Recipient of
Robert A. Briant Sr. Memorial Award
J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. President
Joseph T. Walsh was presented with the Robert
A. Briant Sr. Memorial Award at the Utility
& Transportation Contractors Association
(UTCA) convention in Atlantic City on October
1st. The award is presented annually to the
person who best exemplifies his /her dedication
to the construction industry. In front of a
crowd of several hundred, including Creamer
employees, Joe graciously accepted his award
and offered a few words in acceptance.
Joe Walsh arrived at J. Fletcher Creamer
& Son, Inc. in 1995 with a broad range of
experience in estimating, supervising and
managing projects from utility construction
to building jetties, piers, pile foundations and
large marine /bridge work. Joe started with
Creamer as the General Superintendent of
Utilities and was promoted to Vice President
of Utilities after two years. In 2006 Joe was
named President of the Company.
During his tenure J. Fletcher Creamer & Son,
Inc. has experienced extraordinary growth.
The Company has grown from revenue of $50
million in the early 1990’s to a company whose
sales now approach $500 million. J. Fletcher
Creamer & Son, Inc. has been ranked an ENR

Newsletter December 2016

Robert A. Briant Jr. (left) and Joseph T. Walsh
Top 400 Contractor since 1988 and is currently
ranked #156.
Joe’s leadership has been a great part of the
Company’s growth. He is a very dynamic
individual with wonderful vison, an eye
for detail and is blessed with boundless
energy. He has implemented and expects
accountability from everyone in the Company.
Joe prides himself on knowing just about every
component of the company business from
the all-important financials to overseeing bid
proposals and down to the distribution of crews
in the field. Joe demands a lot of himself and
when the leader strives for perfection so does
everyone else.
Joe has applied his leadership credentials to
many industry associations. He has been a

Joe routinely finds the time to take part in a
variety of national professional associations,
events and seminars including FMI,
Construction and Financial Management
Association, American Water Works, Power
and Communication Association, American
Traffic Safety Services Association and others.
Joe graduated from Northeastern University
with a BS degree in Civil Engineering.
He and his wife Dawn reside in Shrewsbury
and they have two sons. Joe coached several
sports teams and sat on the Recreation
Committee as well as the Shrewsbury Youth
Athletic Association. He was a member of the
Borough’s Board of Adjustment Committee
for eight years. The entire Walsh family is
involved with Holiday Express, a non-profit
organization. Joe is an avid golfer and hits the
links whenever the opportunity arises.
Joe, deservedly, joins a list of many prominent
titans of the construction industry who have
previously received the Robert A. Briant Sr.
Memorial Award.

PSE&G Dedicates New Substation

New Jersey Governor attends event highlighting the
infrastructure improvements made after Hurricane Sandy
By Robert A. Flock

On Friday October 28th, PSE&G President and Chief Operating
Officer Ralph La Rossa, welcomed New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie to the event in Hackensack to remember the fourth
anniversary of the day that Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey with
catastrophic results. The remarks were made at the new PSE&G
Hackensack Substation in front of a crowd of close to 100
people.
In front of American and State of New Jersey flags blowing in
the strong breeze, Mr. La Rossa reminded us of the devastating
damage inflicted on the power system and how far PSE&G
has come in replacing, reconstructing or hardening the electric
infrastructure in New Jersey.

Governor Christie at the podium

Governor Christie took the time to thank all the workers who
have participated in the work whether out in the field or in the
back offices. He stood on a podium with numerous construction
workers in the background including Creamer employees. Fletch
Creamer Jr. was also in attendance and on the podium along with
union officials, BPU President Richard Mroz and Department of
Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin.
J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. installed piles, foundations and
other infrastructure work at this location and numerous other
power projects related to Hurricane Sandy.

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The existing 30” cross

The new cross and 30”valve

Baltimore City On Call Water Work
Water Appurtenances Installations
and Small Main Repairs and Installations
By Rebekah Rohrbaugh

Estimator: Terrell Maroney
Project Manager: Patrick Shannon
Project Superintendent: Adam Wielepski
Project Engineer: Rebekah Rohrbaugh
Foreman: Gelber Agustin
In August 2016, J Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. (Creamer) was
awarded the on-call contract for the City of Baltimore’s Department
of Public Works. With this contract, Creamer is responsible for
responding to any water related emergencies that arise within the
limits of Baltimore City, as well as smaller work orders that are not
covered under other projects. This includes repairing water mains and
leaking valves, replacing inoperable fire hydrants and installing short
runs of new main, even cleaning and cement mortar lining of existing
pipe. The contract runs from August 2016 through August 2018.
In October 2016, crews were tasked with repairing a large water
main leak that threatened the structural integrity of the roadway in
front of the University of Maryland Hospital. The leak was found
on a large transmission main, where the pipe transitions from 42”
to 30” pipe. The volume of water coming from the leak caused

serious undermining of the road’s subbase. Creamer crews worked
around the clock to perform the repairs. The area around the leak was
excavated, and the faulty sections of main removed. Crews installed
new 30” and 42” ductile iron mains, along with a new 30” valve, to
reconnect the transmission line. The surrounding areas were checked
for undermining and backfilled as necessary to prevent any additional
settlement of the roadway or possible collapses.
Due to the location of the leak, at the entrance of the hospital, the
roadways, crosswalks, and sidewalks had to remain open for the
duration of the work. With the high volumes of both vehicular and
pedestrian traffic in the area, crews had to be especially vigilant
and provide constant traffic control and direction. The repairs were
completed after four days of round the clock work.
In early November 2016, Creamer was called to make an emergency
repair on a ruptured 20” water main at the Baltimore Zoo. This
pipeline provided all the water required to operate the zoo. Speedy
repairs were essential in keeping the zoo open and both the
animals and guests supplied with water. Creamer crews mobilized
immediately and were able to repair the 20” main and valve that had
failed, restoring the water supply to the zoo that very night. The zoo
was able to open as scheduled the next morning. (See article below)

Commendation received from
Maryland Zoo
The following letter was received by Creamer President Joseph
T. Walsh regarding a rapid response to a critical issue.
Dear Mr. Walsh,
On Friday, Nov 4th, we had a 20” water main rupture at 11
am.  This main provided all the water that we need to operate
the zoo as well as other customers downstream.  In our initial
conversations with DPW they told us to expect to be out of water
until sometime on Monday.  (Zoos are big users of water and to
be out of water for several days would have been catastrophic
both for our guests and our animal collection. We were
considering whether we would have to close for the weekend). 
The Baltimore City DPW turned over the repair of the main to
your firm that Friday afternoon.  Your crews started to mobilize
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around 4pm.  The main was repaired by midnight and we turned
the water back on throughout the zoo.  The Zoo opened Saturday
morning without missing a beat.
The group that was here was a pleasure to work with.  In
particular, I want to mention that Vern Dettman, Adam Wielepski
and Mike Pereira were terrific.  No task was too big or beneath
them.  You probably had a dozen workers – everyone knew their
job, the job site was managed safely and they got the job done! 
Your firm really saved our weekend.  Thanks so much.
Sincerely,
Karl R. Kranz
Executive Vice President for Animal Programs/COO
THE MARYLAND ZOO IN BALTIMORE

Saying Farewell to 2016
A unique and extraordinary year comes to a close
By Robert A. Flock
Two thousand sixteen was a memorable year in many ways. First and most important the company was busy with plenty of work. Second, it was
a profitable year. Third, the company, owned and operated by the Creamer Family for 93 years, was acquired by APi Group, Inc. in May.
I always enjoy speaking about this amazing company and how it keeps growing and reaching out for new markets, never resting on our past
successes. We are perhaps the most diverse infrastructure company in the United States. We proved that again in 2016 by maintaining a backlog
of work in all phases of the company business. All the lines of business were engaged throughout the year with a heavy emphasis on power and
natural gas.
Back to the acquisition. APi Group, Inc. of New Brighton, Minnesota acquired Creamer, adding a very prestigious infrastructure company to
their portfolio. APi Group Inc. is comprised of over 40 companies with Creamer the largest of all. The acquisition was a surprise to everyone.
You could have knocked a few people over with one finger after they heard the news. “The Creamer family sold the business? Are you kidding
me?” It didn’t take long for the phone to ring and the questions to start. “Why would the family who owns the premier utility company in New
Jersey sell the company?”, was the question asked.
As you can imagine, it was not something that happened over night. Just ask any of the Creamers. A lot of thought and many sleepless nights
went into the decision. The result is that we continue to be a major player in the construction business and the very large dedicated team is still in
place and not planning to go anywhere any time soon. It has been a seamless transition and if the acquisition was not made public you would not
know anything changed. We at Creamer look forward to another healthy and prosperous new year.
The goal every year includes working safely. Safety. Safety. Safety. We never stop preaching and most of all we are always practicing safety.
J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. dedicates an enormous amount of time and money to teach everyone, no matter the trade, how to work safe.
We want everyone to go home in the same condition they arrived in. No exceptions. The thousands of hours accumulated by all members of the
Safety Department are not for naught. We have the statistics to prove it.
J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. will continue as it has for 93 years, doing business every day while keeping in mind our core values of Safety,
Quality, Reliability, Integrity and Productivity.
To all of our clients and friends we extend our wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

NEW
PROJECTS

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PSE&G - Install manholes and conduit - NPLR Program.
Newark, Irvington, East Orange, Orange and West Orange, NJ.
State Environmental Services - Install 2,900 lf of guide rail,
Morgantown, PA.
Atlantic City MUA - Structural support of 60” water main,
Absecon, NJ.
PSE&G - Piles, foundations and fence at Kuller Road
Substation, Clifton, NJ.
Suez Water Environmental - Replace water main, services and
hydrants, Bayonne, NJ.
American Water Military Services - Rehabilitation of existing
manholes, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ.
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Replace 4 large meter vaults, Prince Georges County, Md.

Never let the sadness of your past
And the fear of your future
Destroy the happiness of your present
-Author unknown

AT&T - Install 800 lf conduit, Elmsford, NY.
Insituform Technologies LLC - Replace sludge lines,
Philadelphia, PA.
Charles County - Replace 2,000 lf of 4” DIP, renew valves and
hydrants, LaPlata, MD.
New Jersey American Water - Clean and cement mortar line
and 3M line 2,600 lf of 6” CIP, install temporary bypass, renew
valves and hydrants, Westfield, NJ.
PSE&G - Substation construction including demo, piles,
foundations, duct bank, manholes and utilities,
New Milford, NJ.
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Replace 4,300 lf of 4” through 12’ DIP, renew hydrants, valves
and services, install temporary bypass, College Park, MD.
PSE&G – Install 5 manholes and 1,800 lf of conduit, Ewing
and Hamilton Township, NJ.

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Fletch Creamer Jr. receives CIANJ Award
The CIANJ (Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey)
awarded their Legacy Award to J. Fletcher Creamer Jr.
at their annual awards luncheon October 21, 2016.
The award reads:
In recognition of his dedication to the free market principles upon which the Commerce
and Industry Association is built, his commitment to New Jersey as a great place to
conduct business, and ideas that helped set the course of the Association for generations.
His extraordinary leadership flows from the combination of a clear
vision, commitment to excellence, ability to attract and motivate fellow business men and
women, and the wisdom to engage their talents to the fullest.
Fletch Creamer’s actions have passed the test of time and earned him the respect of all
who know him.
October 21, 2016

Mill Creek Bridge Repairs
Old timber structure is upgraded
By Velid Suljic

Estimator: Mike Rose
Project Manager: Velid Suljic
Superintendent: Landis David
Project Engineer: Douglas Doolittle
Foremen: Derek Oates, Frank Occhipinti

J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc. (Creamer) was awarded
a bridge rehabilitation project by PSE&G Fossil, which
operates the Bergen Generating Station, on Victoria
Terrace in Ridgefield, New Jersey. The original structure, a
multi-span timber bridge, was constructed circa 1956. The
overall length is 110 lf and consists of 11 spans at
10’-0”. The bridge was retrofitted in 1987 to accept a steel grating
deck along with a central timber stringer to support the deck joint. In
the ensuing years numerous repairs have been made to the steel grating
deck including the placement of steel roadway plates to cover the
deteriorated grating.
Creamer was contracted to remove and replace the existing steel
grating at the approaches with new galvanized steel decking. The
scope of work also included a substructure inspection and a repair of
the timber piles. Each of the 56 timber piles was to receive an FRP
jacket with aluminum banding filled with epoxy grout. Creamer was
also responsible for milling and paving the approaches as well as the
installation of two speed bumps.
Time being of the essence, the owner ordered the new steel deck
panels prior to award of the contract. The aggressive schedule included
a completion date of August 15th in conjunction with a power
shutdown at the nearby power plant. Creamer crews were mobilized
on July 18th and hit the ground running replacing the decking. This
bridge is the only access point for a Conrail freight yard and PSE&G
Fossil’s generating station. Not having access for these two facilities
over the bridge was not an option.
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The new roadway grating

The work was divided into three stages allowing traffic to be
maintained at all times.
Stage 1 included decking removal on the western half of the bridge.
Crews utilized half faced barrier to safe off the area and to maximize
the work zone.
Stage 2 included installation of the new deck panels and steel stringers
on a portion of the bridge.
Stage 3 included the deck removal and replacement on the eastern half
of the bridge along with milling and paving the approaches.
The Ridgefield Police Department provided officers to work around the
clock and assist with the traffic control.
Upon completion of the substructure inspection report it was
determined that all the piles would receive a new epoxy pile jacket
to reinforce the existing timber piles and eight of the 56 piles would
require structural repairs. The pile jacket operation was independent of
the deck replacement work. Upon receipt of the appropriate NJDEP
permit, work commenced and the pile jacket installation was
completed in early September.

South Waterfront Switch Station
PSE&G project has some unusual activity
By Matthew Teitelbaum

Estimator: Peter Smith
Project Manager: Ron Sheurs
Superintendent: Pat Cannon
Project Engineer: Matt Teitelbaum
Foreman: Helio Graca
Carpenter Foreman: Jason Mulch
Dockbuilder Foremen: Josh VanAuken, Jarrett Milofchik
J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc.(Creamer) contracted with PSE&G to
upgrade the South Waterfront Switch Station in Jersey City. Phase 1
work commenced in early 2015 and Phase 2 in September of 2015.
The scope of work included the demolition of a number of existing
foundations as well as the installation of (370) 12 3/4” pipe piles
with a wall thickness of 0.375. The piles, driven to a depth of 85 ft.,
support the new upgraded switchgear and unit sub foundations. For
all the piles and foundations, a total of over 2,500 cy of concrete
and 85,000 lbs. of rebar were placed. For the remaining duct banks
and neutral resistance foundation, helical piles were used. The 5 ½”
helical piles were driven to refusal using a Pengo RV-100 anchor
driver.  
In early 2016 Creamer was awarded two additional contracts. The first
was for the installation of the Transmission Hardening Project. This
included the installation of 400 lf of concrete encased duct banks for

the 26 kV transformer, two hand holes and four foundation pads.
The second, was for the environmental cleanup on site due to the
failure of a pothead riser located in the 230 kV yard. This scope
of work included the removal of all dense graded aggregate in the
vicinity of the failure along with the installation of a freeze pit located
diagonal to the substation on Merseles Street. The freeze pit was built
over an existing oil static line. This allowed PSE&G to freeze the
oil filled line halting the product flow to the substation, permitting
PSE&G to cut open the oil static line. Once a new section of pipe was
welded a new cable was pulled from the freeze pit to the pot head
riser. The section of the pipe that failed was further tested by PSE&G.
Creamer crews worked 7 – 10 hour days for almost four months to
complete the environmental cleanup.
After demobilizing from the site for the month of October, Creamer
has returned to the site and will complete the remainder of the
work which comprises the demolition of an existing duct bank and
capacitor bank foundations, the installation of fifteen buss support
foundations and six capacitor bank foundations. To support these
foundations, we are installing 96 helical piles, over 20,000 lbs. of
rebar and 300 cy of concrete.
The job is on schedule to be completed in December of 2016.

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Fort Lee Board of Education Project
Blasting is the centerpiece of the project

By Marisa Kooistra
Project Estimator: Michael Rose
Project Manager: Marisa Kooistra
Project Engineer: Douglas Doolittle
Superintendent: Ralph DeNicola
Foreman: Tony Borges
Blaster: Merritt “Tex” McAlinden

McCarter Switch Station Project
New 230kV and 69kV Foundations
By Dan Fowler

Project Manager: Dan Fowler
Project Superintendents: Carlos Pereira, Pete Ferraro
Project Engineers: Eric Gedman, Tom Hercel
Estimators: Dominick Quartuccio, Peter Smith
Labor Foremen: Acacio Fonseca, Fernando Neves
Carpenter Foremen: Brian Weiss, Matt Blaine

J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc, (Creamer) began construction
of this project in Newark, New Jersey for PSE&G in May of
2016 and expect to complete the bulk of the work by the end
of the year.

J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. (Creamer) was awarded a contract in July
2016 by the Fort Lee Board of Education to provide the site development for
their new 92,000 square-foot addition to the Lewis F. Cole Middle School.
The addition will provide, upon its completion in Phase II (by a separate
building contractor), an estimated 33 classrooms, labs, new gymnasium and
cafeteria for Fort Lee’s fifth and sixth-graders.
The project required the blasting of 6,000 cy of rock prior to the start of
school and therefore required an expedited project start up and mobilization.
Blasting had to be complete in five weeks. Creamer prepared for the
anticipated project start date in only three weeks following notice of award
and mobilized on site one day after execution of contract.
The blasting permit required that prior to the commencement of work,
notification had to be made to the residents regarding the anticipated blasting
operation. Extensive pre and post blast surveys for numerous residences
within proximity of the blasting area were required, per the contract
documents. Once on site, Creamer worked in cooperation with the Fort
Lee Board of Education, the project architects and engineers to collectively
address public questions and concerns and to resolve unforeseen site
conditions and changes including a discrepancy in the quantity of rock which
resulted in a substantial increase in scope.

By the end of December Creamer will have poured 5,100 cy
of concrete and placed 290,000 lbs. of rebar. This material
was used in over two hundred individual foundations, four
transformer containments, multiple concrete encased duct
banks, as well as several precast isolation walls and cast in
place retaining walls.
With multiple civil contractors on site it was imperative
that we work closely with our subcontractors to be sure all
underground facilities, conduits and ground cables, were
in the correct location. With tight quarters there could be
no deviation from the drawings. Constant communication
between all of the contractors was critical to allowing a
consistent flow of work, in a safe environment.
Because the schedule was tight all contractors had to work in
very limited timeframes in certain areas. Such was the progress
each week, that the site would look drastically different. Metal
structures were being erected in places where there were none
just two weeks earlier and new concrete foundations in areas
that were the original roadways on the site.
With so much going on in such a small footprint some critical
items were not included in specific contracts. The good news
was that Creamer was awarded additional isolation walls. The
rest of the news is that the precast walls came with a ten week
lead time for production. Accordingly, the schedule had to
be adjusted and other activities were shuffled to allow for the
isolation walls to be built in the correct place at the appropriate
time.
The field team expects to complete the work here in February
2017, just after PSE&G installs the last of the transformers
allowing us to install the last isolation wall.
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Trucks being loaded with shot rock

Collaboration was critical in order to maintain the accel erated schedule of
work and meet the first milestone date which was the completion of rock
blasting and site electrical prior to the commencement of the school year.
With no flexibility in the schedule we accelerated the rock blasting with
additional labor and equipment, extended work hours and weekend shifts
in order to meet project milestones. Collectively, the four air tracks drilling
for the blasting, accumulated over 1,900 hours of drilling. They worked
concurrently and constantly, Monday through Saturday. Even the actual
blasting operations worked extended hours.
An average of 450 pounds of explosives were utilized daily, all while
vibration monitoring was performed and recorded for the entirety of the
blasting operation. Subsequently, vibrations were certified below permissible
levels.
In the end, crews were successful in completing the majority of the rock
blasting prior to start of the school year and completed the balance of rock
removal by means of hammering.
The earthwork generated over 1,000 loads of rock and soil that was removed
from the site. Creamer also installed the site utilities including 1,850 lf of
drainage pipe, 52 drainage structures, primary and secondary site electric,
sanitary sewers, a hot box, fire and water lines, a retaining wall, concrete
curbs, sidewalk and paving.
The project was scheduled to be completed in November 2016.

Chambers Brook Crossing
Improvements

New Jersey American Water project under way
By Jeremey Paul

Estimator: Terrell Maroney
Project Manager: Jeremey Paul
Project Engineer: Marcin Skibicki
Project Superintendent: Landis David
Foremen: Manny Jack Silva, Frank Occhipinti, Philip Zehrer

When a 16-inch transmission main had to be built across the
Chambers Brook, New Jersey American Water turned to J.
Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. This project, at the intersection of
Rte. 202/206 South and Manor Drive in Bridgewater, New Jersey,
was a critical connection between the Water Company’s Raritan
and Short Hills service areas. It was awarded in early 2016.
The scope of the project encompassed a new meter vault and
the construction of a new steel pipe bridge across the creek and
parallel to the existing roadway. Work began on August 29, 2016
and is scheduled to be completed on December 9, 2016.
There are several distinct work activities.
• Demolition of the existing vault and decommissioning of
existing 280 lf of 16” water main.
• Construct two abutments and install a 90-foot steel beam bridge
to carry the water main across the Chamber Brook Creek.
• Installing 60 lf of 12” diameter Ductile Iron Pipe and 600 lf of
16” diameter Ductile Iron Pipe.
• Installation of 110 lf of 16” Ductile Iron Pipe attached to the top
of the bridge.
• The Installation of an 18’x14’x10’ deep precast manhole with
a SCADA integrated metering system top monitor two 12”
diameter flow meters.
• Install a Foamless Insulation & Pittwrap jacketing on the
exposed pipe.
Work began with the installation of the hot-dipped galvanized
steel beam bridge, spanning Chambers Brook Creek. The
bridge is constructed of two steel beams, installed in 3 segments
connected by flanged plates. Together they sit on two concrete
abutments. The entire bridge assembly weighs 43,000 lbs.

The new 16” transmission main traversing the bridge connects
to the existing 16 inch main. It then tees off into two 16” mains
and continues to the meter vault. Inside the vault, 12” pipe is
installed, connecting two 12” flow meters. The existing meter
vault and main will remain in service until all of the new main is
installed. After switching over to the new main, the existing vault
will be removed and the existing pipe will be decommissioned
and filled with grout.
Restoration of the Bridgewater Manor property will include a
900 sy section of parking lot, sodding and landscaping,
decorative paver installation and moving and preserving the
Bridgewater Manor facility signage.
The Precast Manhole will include a SCADA Integrated Metering
System. The system uses peripherals for wireless communication
with the Raritan-Millstone Water Treatment Plant control
room. It will include two magnetic flow meters, two Pressure
Transmitters, two Residual Analyzers, one Temperature Sensor,
one Sump Pump Monitor with Float Switch and a Control Panel
to keep track of pipe and vault conditions. The SCADA system
will allow controllers to measure pipe parameters and detect
problems remotely from the centralized control room.

The September 2016 issue of ENR ranks J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc.
in the following categories for Top 400 Contractors nationally:
Top 400 all Categories:#156
Water Supply: Creamer #12
Hazardous Waste: Creamer #13

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J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc.
C O N T R A C T O R S

101 East Broadway
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Middlesex Water

Renew Program keeps rolling along
By John Dugan

Estimator: Lee Hollerbach
Project Manager: John Dugan
Project Superintendent: Anthony DeAngelo
Project Engineer: Keith Webber
Foremen: Manny Barbosa & Americo Inacio

Middlesex Water Company, established in 1897, owns and operates water and wastewater utility systems in New Jersey, Delaware and
Pennsylvania. Earlier this year Middlesex Water announced that they intended to replace 8 miles of water mains, including service lines,
valves, hydrants and meters as part of the RENEW 2016 Program.
In June of 2016 the Company awarded J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. (Creamer) the RENEW 2016 Contract B South Amboy Water Main
Replacement contract. Over the years Creamer has performed many projects for Middlesex Water and we were pleased to receive another
award.
The Renew 2016 South Amboy Contract B project included the replacement of 18,000 lf of existing cast iron water main with new 8 inch and
12-inch ductile iron pipe. The project also included the replacement of 35 fire hydrants and 410 water service lines, installation of meter pits
and new water meters at the curb line.
Work began in mid-June with one crew installing the new ductile iron water main. The water main, installed in both municipal and county
roadways, was placed in a polyethylene encasement to help prevent corrosion. Once the main line pipe on a particular street was completed,
passed pressure and water quality testing, another crew began the installation of new service lines, meter pits, hydrants and tie in work. Work
progressed rapidly throughout the summer.
In addition to directing daily construction activities, managing traffic control and customer supplied materials the Project Superintendent and
Project Engineer were also charged with the challenges of keeping an open line of communication with residents to help minimize complaints
and avoid service disruptions.
The water main work was completed in early November with the service and meter work to be completed by early December of 2016. The
project also contains a considerable amount of road restoration some of which will be completed in 2016, with the balance to be completed in
spring of 2017.

J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc.
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