J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Celebrates a Ninety Year Legacy
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 07:38 AM EST
J. Fletcher Creamer, Jr., CEO, attributes the success of the company through five generations of Creamer family leadership to "our wide diversity of skills and experience and our ability to incorporate new and improved techniques. When a new type of service is required, we are ready to provide it safely and effectively. In addition, our company has maintained its commitment over the years to our core values of safety, quality, reliability, integrity and productivity."
The company's involvement in major projects in the New Jersey/New York area extends back to its earliest days in business. In the 1930's, Creamer hauled excavated materials as part of the construction of the George Washington Bridge. The company became more actively involved in heavy highway work during the 1960's, and also began their long-term relationship with numerous water, power, gas and telecommunications companies. The 1980's saw the addition of the guide rail and overhead sign structure business and the venture into the specialized field of cleaning and cement mortar-lining of water mains insitu. The addition of the very unique business of manufacturing and installing internal pipe seals, marketed as In-Weg, added to the many services offered under the Creamer corporate umbrella.
The 1990's were bustling with the new market of fiber optics and Creamer was at the forefront of this next generation work around the United States. The 1990's also saw Creamer's entrance into remediation work and the creation of Creamer Environmental, Inc.
The first new venture of the twenty-first century was renewable energy. Wind and solar projects are now constructed by Creamer personnel. The most recent foray into diversification has been in the utility mark out business. This venture responds to the One Call in NJ.
From installing artificial turf in Giants Stadium to pile driving and marine work, the Creamer name and the trademark "Creamer Brown" equipment are recognized from coast to coast. "The Company has been involved in many high profile projects including highway and bridge construction, broken water main repairs and other emergency work," said J. Fletcher Creamer. "It has been said that between night work, emergency work and time zones, there is a Creamer crew working somewhere every hour of the day across the United States."
A close affiliation with local communities has always been an important part of the Creamer legacy. Whether through the philanthropy of the family foundation, the funding of college scholarships since 1988 for students of employees, volunteering time to serve on charitable boards, or creating the Bergen County New Jersey 200 Club, the Creamer family has been a part of giving back for decades. After responding to events at The World Trade Center immediately after September 11th, Creamer has assisted numerous towns with manpower and equipment for their individual memorials in the years since that fateful day.
J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. has no plans to rest on its laurels but instead is nurturing the fifth generation of Creamers in the family business. The company continues to look for new opportunities and innovations. The longevity of the family business is commensurate with many long time employees and multi-generation employee families working for the company. A truly special family-owned business, J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. plans to be around to celebrate a century in business in 2023.