Montana Construction Completes Twenty Years in Construction
(from UTCA Magazine, April 2013)
In 1993, Vincent Santaite founded Montana Construction with the assistance of his father Dominic Santaite, Sr., the latter whom had many years of experience in the construction industry. Vincent had spent his summers learning the industry from his father prior to starting Montana Construction. The first contract for the firm was the emergency repair of manholes and catch basins in Fort Lee. Working from a home office, the young firm then completed a $75,000 sanitary sewer installation in Jersey City. At this time, Montana was able to rent a facility in Hackensack to store its equipment.
In 1994, Vincent’s sister Lisa joined the firm to handle office operations while Vincent focused on the work in the field. Construction in these early years of the firm included several pumping stations, sanitary sewer and drainage projects in Little Ferry, Ridgefield Park, Guttenberg, Verona, Clifton and North Bergen. The company also began to perform emergency contracts in North Jersey. The emergency utility work continues to today as the firm currently has a 24 hour operation with crews on stand-by. Dominic Santaite, Jr. joined his siblings in 1999 to supervise the firm’s largest contract at the time, a $1.4 million sewer contract with the Montville MUA. Dominic, Jr. continues to serve as Director of Operations for the firm.
Lisa Santaite was named the firm’s President in 2000 and the continued growth of the family business allowed for the purchase of a property in Lodi. This property consists of offices, an equipment yard and warehouse. The building was renovated in 2007 and was expanded in 2012 to accommodate the additional needs of the firm.
sewer collapse repairs.
Montana successfully completed the installation of the Spring Valley Road Sewer in Clarkstown and Spring Valley, New York. This $4.9 million project for the Rockland County Sewer District No. 1 included pipe installation up to 24 inches in diameter. Following this project, Montana completed a $3.5 million sewer separation project for the Town of Kearny, a $4.5 million sanitary sewer system rehabilitation for the Southern Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority, and a $2.7 million storm water improvements contract in North Bergen.
The contractor then completed an $11 million interceptor installation for the Bergen County UA. This contract included installation of approximately two miles of pipe in diameters ranging from between 66 inches and 72 inches. Montana completed this project in eight months. Some of the recent work performed by Montana Construction includes a $20 million flood control project for the US Army Corp of Engineers in
In recent years, Montana has enlisted the services of three very well-known construction veterans. Armando Vequez is a consultant to the firm, Roger Setya serves as chief engineer and Bob Hopken is the company’s estimator.
Montana Construction is a family business that began as a North Jersey pipe contractor. The firm now has the capabilities to complete road, bridge, tunneling and landfill type projects. In the past few years, Lisa, Vincent and Dominic, Jr. were joined by two additional family members as well. Their sister Amanda Santaite is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently the receptionist for the firm, while another sister, Theresa DeMarco serves as an administrative assistant. This firm is well positioned for future success.
project in Elizabeth.