(CLIFTON, NJ — October 23, 2020) Mikula Contracting, Inc., family owned and operated since 1946, was named “New Jersey Family Business of the Year” by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at this week’s 28th Annual Family Business Awards. The company, which provides commercial and residential excavation and demolition services throughout the state, won the category for businesses with revenues up to $10 million.
Each year, the New Jersey Family Business Awards honor New Jersey-based family- run companies spanning more than one generation, with strong records of strategic innovation and business acuity, active family involvement in operations, and engagement in their broader communities. Based on a comprehensive nomination process supplemented by wide-ranging finalist interviews, the Family Business Awards are presented annually to “the family businesses whose innovative strategies and business practices have had a positive impact on the New Jersey business community and society,” according to the Rothman Institute.
Mikula Contracting’s nomination and win were based on its market growth from an excavating company founded in the 1940s by Nick Mikula, Sr. with a single dump truck to an industry-leading, diversified contracting firm that now provides demolition, environmental, snow removal, trucking, and soil materials services, all while remaining entirely family owned and operated. Nick’s son, Dennis Mikula, Sr. assumed leadership in the early 1980s with the foresight to adapt to an evolving market, progressively increasing production, branching out with additional services, and successfully navigating the challenges of a volatile construction industry. Mikula Contracting currently includes several family members spanning several generations.
“I work with my father, brother, and uncles, and on a number of projects, we work for in- laws, old friends, and cousins,” said Dennis Mikula, Jr., Executive Vice President. “But more of the people I work with and more of the people we work for are not blood relatives. We just treat them like they are, like my grandfather started doing nearly 75 years ago.”
For more information about Mikula Contracting, please see mikulainc.com. To learn more about the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University, please see www.fdu.edu/academics/centers-institutes/rothman/.