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Raymond Azzarelli’s entrance into the construction business was almost by accident. Born in Pozzallo, Sicily, he had come to Kankakee in 1911 to work for the railroad. During his free time, he sold fruits and vegetables door to door from a horse and cart and later by truck. In 1936, he bought a 40 acre farm in an effort to enlarge his growing fruit and vegetable business. The farm on the current site of Kankakee Valley Construction Co. had rich sand deposits, excellent for construction, but not so good for raising crops. He purchased some trucks to haul sand, and a business was born. In 1948, with the help of his five sons, Joseph, Bartle, Peter, Sam, and John, the Azzarelli Trucking and Excavating Company was formed and in 1955 was incorporated as Azzarelli Construction Company.
Azzarelli has been synonymous with road construction in the Tampa Bay area since the 1950’s. Jim Azzarelli started Precision Paving of Tampa, Inc. in November 1983. Precision Paving became Azzarelli Paving & Site Development in January 2003. Jim had worked for Delta Asphalt from 1978 to 1983. His father’s business, Azzarelli Construction in Illinois, was established in 1946, just after WWII. In 2002 Azzarelli has was acquired by Kankakee Valley Construction Co. Today the company has over 200 employees, operates two asphalt plants, owns more than 300 pieces of equipment and is one of the largest Highway contractors in Illinois.
“Growing up in a construction family, I really got the bug for the business,” Jim says. He worked various areas of the business until he finally settled on asphalt paving as his favorite area of the industry.
Jim’s son, Jay Azzarelli, has been working for the company since he could hold a shovel. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2007, he now oversees all operations and estimating for the company. Jay has made a reputation of providing competitive and honest paving services for the Tampa Bay area. “I have very strong passion to provide our industry with exceptional quality and service while maintaining long lasting relationships with customers,” Jay says.
Asphalt paving is still a mainstay in the company and compliments the commercial site work, making it easier to complete projects on time. The paving crew does projects for various site contractors and resurfacing of older parking lots is a big part of the business. We also offer seal coating and striping services.
Being in the business over 30 years shows we stand behind our work and do our best to get jobs completed quickly and efficiently.