KINGSTON, NY – Saugerties-based construction company Jay Mullen & Sons is the winner of the 2022 Ulster County Business of the Year Award.
It is among eight companies, business leaders and organizations taking part in the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Recognition Awards Celebration on Thursday 27 October from 5pm at Wiltwyck Golf Club at 404 Steward Lane, Kingston. to be honored: 30 p.m
Other honorees include Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room for Small Business of the Year; Charles Blaichman of CB Developers and Hotel Kinsley for Businessman of the Year; Rail Explorers as Tourism Company of the Year; Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties Catholic Charities for their commitment to the Community Award. The Heritage Award goes to Scanlon’s Dry Cleaners; Ulster County Archivist Taylor Bruck has been named Emerging Young Leader and HITS’ Tom Struzzieri will be presented with the Len Cane Heart of Ulster County Award.
“It’s very humbling and I feel very blessed,” said owner John Mullen.
Mullen recalled that when he started his business in 1982, he was involved with small things like chimneys, cutting firewood, and working part-time as a union bricklayer when business was struggling.
Now the company has grown to about 110 employees, including between 20 and 30 unionized carpenters and workers and five to six mechanics who keep its fleet of 140 to 150 trucks on the road, he said.
He said he’s worked on construction projects with Vassar College, BOCES, the Culinary Institute of America, and Marist College, where his company has done projects for the last 25 to 30 years, getting back small with things like paving and patching and later started taking on large projects.
Mullen said the company is working with Central Hudson on a five-year project to replace the company’s gas lines in communities throughout the Hudson Valley while completing an ever-increasing amount of site work for the utility’s electric power division. He added that the company is now doing similar replacement work with utility National Grid as far north as Syracuse.
Still, 90% of the company’s employees live in Ulster County, many of whom stay with the company for 20 to 30 years, he said.
He said other projects include building Home Depot and Lowe’s stores in the area, as well as brickwork restoration projects at historic homes including Mills Mansion and Glasco Ponds in Saugerties.
Mullen’s wife, Peggy Mullen, is a third grade teacher at Riccardi Elementary School in Saugerties. The couple have six children. Two of Mullen’s sons, Johhny Jr. and Shawn, work at the company as foremen.
His grandson, Jack Mullen, 14, is also learning the craft under close supervision, he said.
Mullen said he’s not afraid of failure. “I’ve failed so many times and failed when I realized I didn’t want to make that mistake again,” he said. “You just have to keep going.”
According to a press release, “The awards recognize Ulster County companies that are leaders in their sectors, have achieved outstanding results, or have demonstrated dedication and commitment to advancing business and the quality of life in Ulster County.”
For more information or tickets, visit https://www.ulsterchamber.org/business-recognition-awards-dinner/.