October 21, 2016 | last updated October 21, 2016 5:00 pm
2016 Connecticut Family Business Awards: 2nd Place Winner

O&G Industries

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
The fourth generation of Oneglias has been working for more than a decade, managing and growing the family business. Shown are: Matt Oneglia, Christina Oneglia, Kara Oneglia, T.J. Oneglia, Ryan Oneglia and Brad Oneglia.
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O&G founder Andrew Oneglia (left) with partner Flavio Gervasini, posing on their prized steam roller, the first large piece of equipment they purchased for their new business in 1923.

Headquarters: Torrington

Industry: Construction services and products

Year founded: 1923

Founder: Andrew Oneglia

Generation currently running the company: Third, with fourth actively participating

No. of full-time employees: 700-plus

No. of part-time employees: Under 15

Family members currently employed at company: Cousins, third generation: David Oneglia, President; Gregory Oneglia, Vice Chairman of the Board; Raymond Oneglia, Vice Chairman of the Board.

Cousins, fourth generation: Brad Oneglia, Assistant Vice President, Asphalt Division; Christina Rossi, New Business Development; Kara Oneglia, Assistant Vice President, Masonry Division; Matt Oneglia, Business Analyst; Ryan Oneglia, Assistant Vice President, Heavy Civil Division; T.J. Oneglia, Assistant Vice President, Materials Division

Company website: ogind.com

Q&A

How do you instill your family values in your employees?

The lines between family and company have never been distinct at O&G. Now in our third and fourth generations of ownership, each generation has grown up around the business, seeing employees as a very natural extension of our family. Our family and corporate values – hard work, ethical behavior, caring for those around you – come from the top down and are caught rather than taught.

We believe that they can only be passed down to our employees by demonstrating them ourselves. When employees see this, we hope it gives them the desire to want to be part of building more than just a project but the company's history as well as its future.

How do you plan to keep your business going even after your current top executive retires?

Following in the footsteps of the great men who have come before us will always be a challenge. But those same footsteps have shown each succeeding generation the path to success and what must be done to continue this journey we've each started on.

We have taken the foundations they have laid and are continuing to build upon them, maintaining our company's unchangeable core values while adding our own perspective that is informed by the ever-changing world in which we operate. Staying ahead of the curve, innovating and pursuing opportunities that fit our business will be critical in the modern economy.

What is the one family value you want passed onto each generation of your business?

The value of hard work is critical to the success of the company. The construction industry is one that literally works night and day. If hard work is not a core value, then you won't make it very long in this business.

Making connections with your employees at every level of the organization is also very important. Because we don't operate in just one location and can't be at every job or facility every day, making sure our team members know they can approach any one of us with a concern and are heard and respected is vital to maintaining the family atmosphere we all cherish so much.

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