What happens when you put five brothers in a conference room for a couple hours every week and ask them to agree on how best to run a business?
You’ll certainly get a lot of arguments, but you will also produce a successful business that has thrived for 48 years, employs more than 100 people and has welcomed its third generation to the party.
Ralph DegliObizzi & Sons has become a force in mechanical contracting work throughout Delaware, specializing in service for hospitals, schools and office buildings. Founded in 1969 by Ralph Sr., the company has contracted with Christiana Care, Beebe Hospital and Wilmington Hospital, as well as a lot of work for the University of Delaware.
Location: 115 E. 14th St., Wilmington, Del. 19801
Industry: Mechanical contracting
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DegliObizzi & Sons handles the underground piping, interior plumbing and HVAC work and the venting atop the building.
“We can take a project from the underground to the roof,” said Joe, a second-generation member of the company.
Every Monday at 2:30, Joe and his four brothers — Ralph Jr., Matthew, Anthony and Mark — meet to discuss strategy, break down what they have done and look to the future for what they will do. Part of that future includes three third-generation DegliObizzis, Joe Jr., Daniel and Ralph III, who have taken positions in the company with an eye on making sure the company continues its good work in the future.
And can still have lively meetings once a week.