E.E. Cruz & Company, Inc. was founded by Ed Cruz and his cousin Evaristo Cruz in 1984. They began with a plan to assemble a team of talented, committed professionals and make their mark as a leading heavy construction contractor. The plan was solid. Today the company is one of the larger public works construction companies in the New York-New Jersey area having put in place close to $2 billion of infrastructure work in the last 26 years.
The company's first project was a $2 million contract with the Ocean County Utilities Authority followed by a $4.5 million tunneling and open cut utility work in Lexington, Massachusetts. With the successful completion of the utility work, E.E. Cruz ventured into highway and bridge projects with the re-building of Route 287 through Somerset County for the NJ Department of Transportation. The $18 million project included demolition, repair and reconstruction of six bridges, the longest of which spanned one-quarter mile long.
In its first decade, the company moved into major heavy civil projects including the construction of elevated approaches connecting Route 80 and Route 19 into Paterson, NJ and the reconstruction of a 25-block section of Columbus Avenue in NYC among others. This was followed by the construction of the ½ mile section of the AirTrain under the runways at JFK Airport; infrastructure and runway work at Newark Airport; and numerous projects for the NYC DEP including its massive $250 million Combined Sewer Overflow Retention Facility in Queens. More recently, the company has performed critical work for NJ Transit expanding their maintenance facility serving the NY-NJ metropolitan area; enlarging and updating the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority treatment plant under a $150 million contract, improving 10 miles of Conrail tracks, and numerous projects for the Port Authority of NY & NJ.
Currently, EE Cruz, solely and in joint venture partnerships, has a major presence at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan with over $230 million under contract. The company is constructing the foundations for the September 11th Memorial; and in Joint Venture is installing a 3-foot thick liner wall to reinforce the original World Trade Center slurry wall; underpinning the Number 1 subway line traversing the site; and general tie-back, reinforcing and excavation work. In addition, the company is involved in a $230 million joint venture project to re-construct the section of Route 9A adjacent to the WTC that was damaged by the events of September 11th. Two recent contracts include the Joint Venture with Nicholson Construction Company for the $82 million Vehicle Security Center excavation at the WTC and the Joint Venture with Tully Construction for the $325 million NYC Transit 2nd Avenue Subway station at 96th Street.
The E.E. Cruz & Company, Inc. team includes more than 225 dedicated employees. Key members of management are Chief Executive Officer, Edward Cruz; President and Chief Operating Officer, Joe Malandro; Executive Vice President, Robin Cruz McClearn; Senior Vice President, Jeff Cruz; Senior Vice President, Charles Montalbano; and Chief Financial Officer, David Casey.