Raymond Oneglia, vice chairman of O&G Industries in Torrington, was presented with The Moles Outstanding Achievement Award this week for his contributions to the construction industry.
The award was presented at The Mole’s 73 annual awards dinner Wednesday evening.
The Moles is a fraternal organization made up of members of the heavy construction industry.
“I am humbled and honored to accept this prestigious award on behalf of not only myself, but also the Oneglia family and the employees of O&G Industries, both past and present,” Oneglia said.
Oneglia has worked at O&G since 1970 and is the third generation of Oneglia’s to work there. His grandfather Andrew Oneglia, along with Flaviano Gervasini, founded the business in 1923.
Oneglia said part of the reason that his company has been so successful is due to the way that differences of opinions are handled in regards to the work environment.
“We learned properly focusing our resources on our problems would help us thrive for a long time,” he said.
After earning a degree in science from Union College, Oneglia started with O&G full-time and began his work on a 16-mile road and sewer project called the Boise Cascade project.
Oneglia also aided in the acquisition and development of numerous construction material yards and rock quarries that have led O&G to be an ideal supplier of construction material throughout the state.
Oneglia has also served as chairman of the Connecticut Construction Industry Association as well as head of the legislative committee.
Additionally, through work outside of Connecticut, Oneglia has helped the company expand its work sites. Some of the outside work includes building a lock and dam in Louisiana and a 9-mile tunnel underneath Chicago.
Although honored to have received the award, Oneglia credited his company and co-workers with the firm’s success.
“It’s more about our company and our people,” he said.
Today the company employs close to 900 people statewide and its construction footprint stretches across the Nutmeg State. It provides construction services and building material supplies, with at least a quarter of the workers laboring in Torrington and the surrounding areas.
The company is one of the cornerstones of the business community and one of the earliest examples of the contributions of Italian-American immigrants in the city.
Locally, the company has been involved with anything from building the Torrington Towers to finishing the Thomaston Dam.
Last year, the company held a reunion for its retired workers, which was well attended.
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