“The Komatsu mini-excavators are the perfect fit for what we do”
For 30 years, Jim Frazier spent his winters delivering oil to customers in northeast Massachusetts. To keep busy in the summers, Frazier added a skid steer in 1994 and began taking on small residential projects. When he needed help, he enlisted his nephew, 12-year-old Andy Palladino. Twenty-three years later, they are still a team.
“We did a lot of backyard jobs for customers, mainly pool cuts and moving loam,” noted Frazier, who is the owner of Frazier Construction Co. “Andy was always with me, so I started taking him to jobs, and he developed a passion for it.”
The company continued to do summer projects and grew to a point where Frazier moved into the construction side full time. Palladino was there as well, now as general manager with an engineering degree in hand from Wentworth Institute of Technology. The duo also added Tim Angelli to the mix to help serve a growing client list.
“We did everything; it didn’t matter,” recalled Angelli, who is an operator. “Andy and I would jump in the truck and do five jobs a day. We’d put in 70-80 hours each week. That’s how we grew.”
Today, the company has seven employees and operates in a 25-mile radius of its Danvers, Mass., location. The company prides itself on delivering quality results.
“We’re very diverse in what we do,” explained Frazier. “We handle residential and commercial site work, underground utilities, land clearing, foundations, septic systems, snow plowing – whatever the customer wants. We even built a set for the Adam Sandler movie, “Grown Ups 2,” which was filmed locally in 2012. We aren’t the biggest company, and we don’t do huge projects, but we provide quality work and get callbacks.”
One reason why Frazier Construction can maintain its tight service area is solid connections with loyal customers. Two of those clients, General Electric and Lahey Health, keep the company busy throughout the year.
The firm renovated a parking lot this summer for Lahey’s Beverly Hospital. Frazier Construction crews removed the existing parking lot and installed 600 feet of drainage pipe and 800 feet of underground electric. It also placed new granite curbing, expanded the footprint of the lot, performed landscaping and installed new light poles.
At a General Electric plant in Lynn, Mass., Frazier Construction performs an array of jobs, ranging from steam line replacements to underground tunnel and water line repair. It recently converted a 50-spot parking lot into green space at the facility. It demoed the existing parking lot, installed sprinklers, set the curbs, built a retaining wall, prepped the site for landscaping and installed permanent anchors for large tents used during the many events the area hosts.
For its myriad projects, Frazier Construction turns to C.N. Wood and Sales Rep Kerry Causer (K.C.) for Komatsu equipment.
The company purchased a PC138USLC excavator in 2015 and a PC45MR earlier this year. Both machines have exceeded expectations.
“The Komatsu mini-excavators are the perfect fit for what we do,” shared Frazier. “We work on small stuff in confined areas, so the tight-tail-swing excavators have been a great addition to our fleet.”
“They are powerful enough to move whatever we need,” noted Palladino. “We usually work next to power poles or existing houses, so to have machines that can get the job done in those spots is great for us.”
The dependability of the excavators is also something that the company appreciates. The first excavator it purchased in 2001, a PC60, still runs today. Frazier has no intention of selling it.
“We bought that machine for $49,000, and I’ll never get rid of it,” said Frazier. “It’s been very productive through the years. I had an offer of $100,000 for it, and I said no.”
Frazier’s fleet also includes a Komatsu PC220LC excavator and D21P dozer, as well as a Bomag BW 177 roller.
The company values its relationship with Causer and C.N. Wood. “Whenever we need anything, C.N. Wood and K.C. are there for us,” said Frazier. “They help us get what we need and make sure we’re good to go.”
The next chapter
At 63, Frazier knows that the company is ready for the next step. When he retires in two years, he trusts that Palladino will continue to carry the torch for the firm.
“I think I have a couple more years in me, then I might come back to work for Andy and drive a truck,” joked Frazier. “That might last 10 minutes until I quit, though.”
“I think there’s definitely room to grow if we can find the right people,” forecasted Palladino. “We have a solid reputation, but we don’t want to grow just to grow. I enjoy what we do, and I’m excited to see us continue the track we started all those years ago.”