The reputation we have built is important to us. It came from decades of hard work and intense focus on quality and customer service above all else. The history of Alto Construction is a unique and humorous story that most may not know, but encapsulates important life and leadership principles. A long-time Tampa resident, Mr. Beltram of Beltram Supply (known to many as “Pops”) told me, “If you come to work for me, after two years you will be able to start and run a business for the rest of your life based on the principles that I’m going to teach you.” Those principles laid the foundation for who we are today.
Here’s where our mission began. After working two years with Mr. Beltram, I was driving near the Sulphur Springs Tower in Tampa and rear-ended Phil and Susan Altopiedi. We started talking and what would appear as a chance meeting, began a journey. We decided to go into business together and Alto Construction Company was formed. Phil Altopiedi taught me the ropes of asphalt paving and grading.
Phil began teaching me how to properly repair potholes in parking lots. We then started filling in the middle of the old concrete ribbon driveways, fixing concrete sidewalks, and hiring day labor from the streets of downtown Tampa. Every project was a stepping-stone to the next one. The projects and the business continued to grow and in August of 1984, we incorporated; changing Alto from a handyman operation to a company with a vision for the future. Through trial and error, the knowledge and skill in the asphalt business grew from pothole repairs, to complete parking lot renovations and small underground drainage utility work. During the mid-1980s, we took on a project for the School District of Hillsborough County called “PECO Projects”; small parking lot repairs throughout the school district’s schools and offices as the funds became available. We have been working with the school district off and on since. As we became more established, larger earthwork and paving projects, parking lot sealcoating, and underground drainage utility work came our way. Our largest sealcoat project in the early 90s was $130,000 for Hillsborough Community College, which was sizeable for the time. In 1991, as Phil pursued other interests, I bought out his shares of the company. From this point on, Alto continued to grow in size and capability. In March of 2000, I received my underground utility license, launching Alto to become a leading middle market site development company in Tampa Bay.
There have been many individuals that have invested their knowledge and skill into Alto Construction. I credit my success to the two individuals that mentored me early on, Pops Beltram and Phil Altopiedi; laying the foundation for the future. Phil Altopiedi was a remarkable individual. When we met, he was in remission from Hodgkin’s disease, previously given one year to live, but he was more than a cancer survivor. He was a 30+ year survivor. Although we were no longer business partners, he remained a friend until he passed away September 24, 2011. Thank you both for investing in me!
We work quickly and meet all project deadlines because we do 95% of our work in-house, getting the job done right the first time.
As a performance-driven company, we have complete control over our projects; with adaptability to meet the unique needs, challenges and changes in every one.
Our insistence of top quality ensures superior workmanship from beginning to end, with state-of-the-art equipment and materials.
With a consistent commitment to professionalism and a low turnover workforce, we are highly organized and approach every job with knowledge and passion.
Alto is known for high quality workmanship, efficiency and professionalism, and we are always hiring new talent to join our team. We are looking for people with experience in site development, concrete & asphalt paving, and underground utilities. We hire people who take pride in being the best at their jobs, have a strong knowledge and passion for what they do, and are willing to work as a team no matter the task. If this describes you, and you have interest in working for Alto, apply today.
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