Company History

The roots of Zlotnick Construction are forever linked to America's "Greatest Generation" through the efforts of George Zlotnick.

George was a member of the elite 17th Airborne division that jumped behind enemy lines on March 24th, 1945 in Wesel Germany as part of Operation Varsity, the largest airborne assault in history.  In 1948, after returning to Ashford, CT, George began his construction company from humble beginnings – assembling small outbuildings, chicken coops and barns for local farmers.  George’s work ethic developed his enterprise into a profitable business supplemented by the money earned from his two chicken farms. The home farm was sadly ravaged by a tornado in 1957.  With no insurance and only the help of family and friends, George rebuilt all that was destroyed while maintaining his contracting endeavor.  Following the tornado, in 1958 George recognized the need to incorporate the business and formally made the company into Zlotnick Construction Incorporated.

He operated the construction company and two farms with the help of his beloved wife Zenia, and two sons, Gregory and Peter, throughout the 1950’s and 60’s.  George’s eldest son, Gregory, graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1972 with a Civil Engineering degree and quickly assumed the responsibility as President and CEO of the company. 

Tragically, in 1975, Peter was killed by a drunk driver just a half of a mile away from home.  The company survived the hardship but it shaped the dynamic of the family and business forever.  Progressing under the new leadership of Gregory, Zlotnick Construction acquired larger clients and completed a wider range of project types.  Throughout this period of growth, Zlotnick Construction developed relationships with some of the largest companies in New England and completed projects for companies such as Wakefern Food Corp., Finast Corp., Dunkin Donuts, Burger Chef, Staples, and Natchaug Hospital.

In the 1990’s, Zlotnick Construction continued to fortify and expand its network and complete projects for key clients such as Pfizer, Foxwoods, Cigna, and Pratt & Whitney. The company prides itself on not only developing business relationships, but more importantly friendships.  This is made evident by the longevity of our relationships and the quantity of repeat business with our customers. Our partnerships – such as with developer Samuels & Associates, from the mid 1970’s to the present – exemplify our core values of character, honesty, and integrity.

Throughout the 2000’s, relationships with companies such as Walmart, Costco, Big Y, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Price Chopper have illustrated our ability to handle large commercial operations in a timely, efficient, and safe manner.  Our reputation with religious, medical, and educational firms demonstrates the reverence and discreetness of our entire staff that is required to finish such projects.

Presently, Zlotnick Construction has been sustained by our reputation as being one of the foremost contractors in New England.  Our adherence to core values, established over 70 years ago, has laid the foundation for a company ready and able to survive in a turbulent economy.  

It is our vision and challenge to continue the legacy of character, honesty, and bold innovation as passed on from each generation before us, while striving to strengthen the ideals of our industry, our community and our world.

 

ZCI Milestones: 1943-2018

1943

  • George Zlotnick enlists in the United Sates Army Air Corps

1944

  • George joins the prestigious 82nd Airborne division

1945

  • George jumps behind enemy lines as part of Operation Varsity – the largest Airborne assault in history

1947

  • George marries his wife Zenia and they start a chicken farm

1948

  • George begins construction on small buildings for his farm and local neighbors

1949

  • Gregory G. Zlotnick is born

1952

  • Peter G. Zlotnick is born

1958

  • Zlotnick Construction is incorporated (ZCI)

1971

  • ZCI completes its first Dunkin Donuts

1972

  • Gregory completes his Civil Engineering degree from the University of Connecticut

1973

  • Gregory assumes responsibilities of President & CEO

1975

  • Peter is tragically killed by a drunk driver only a half mile from his home

1977

  • ZCI completes several Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants

1978

  • ZCI completes the very first three Staples stores

1980

  • Projects are completed for Wakefern Food Corp., Finast, and K&L Feed Corp.

1984

  • Pratt & Whitney signs task order contract with ZCI – a partnership continued today

1990

  • Projects are completed for Pfizer, Foxwoods, and Cigna

2002

  • Gregory’s sons Peter and Michael Zlotnick begin working for the company during school breaks

2006

  • ZCI is named Construction Manager for Our Companions Animal Sanctuary – An ongoing shelter for abused animals

2007

  • $6,000,000 New Ground-Up Construction of Price Chopper in Windsor, CT
  • ZCI completes its first three concurrent Walmart Renovations throughout CT and MA
  • ZCI’s first BJ’s Wholesale Club in Stratford, CT – $8,800,000 Ground-Up Construction

2009

  • Gregory Jr. begins working for the company during school breaks

2010

  • ZCI becomes a Walmart preferred contractor and signs Master Service Agreement – continued through present day
  • ZCI takes over two Walmart projects in which the prior GC defaulted & was terminated
  • ZCI teams with Centerplan Construction and breaks ground on I-95 Milford, North and South Rest Plazas – $6,000,000 and $8,000,000 respectively.

2012

  • ZCI completes Phase I of Our Companions Animal Sanctuary

2013

  • ZCI completes a new 55,000 SF Walmart Neighborhood Market, only the second one in CT

2014

  • ZCI is named Construction Manager on a new 34,000 SF Price Chopper Supermarket in Storrs, CT
  • ZCI completes Phase II of Our Companions Animal Sanctuary
  • ZCI completes a 70,000 SF, reinforced, concrete staging area for Prides Corner Farms in Lebanon, CT

2015

  • ZCI completes its first project for Johnson & Wales University, in RI

2016

  • ZCI breaks ground on an $8,000,000 affordable housing complex in Stonington, CT

2017

  • ZCI completes a $4,500,000 Senior Living Facility in Willington, CT
  • Our Companions Animal Sanctuary Phase III is completed
  • ZCI completes three consecutive Walmart renovations in RI as part of the Master Service Agreement
  • ZCI chosen as Construction Manager at Risk for a new $11,500,000 Senior and Community Center in Willimantic, CT
  • ZCI begins renovation of a 78-unit housing complex in Willimantic, CT

2018

  • ZCI begins construction on Phase II of an interior Big Y remodel in Easton, MA
  • ZCI signs Master Agreement with McDonalds USA LLC
  • ZCI begins new 55,000 SF Big Y Supermarket in Marlborough, CT
  • ZCI completes first interior and exterior McDonald’s remodel in Providence, RI
  • ZCI completes the unique structural steel and concrete “Shaboo Stage” in Willimantic, CT