About Vecellio & Grogan

Vecellio & Grogan is a leading heavy/highway, bridge and structures contractor operating in the mid-Atlantic and southeast United States, and beyond. Founded in 1938 in Beckley, WV, Vecellio & Grogan is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business. It is the flagship company of Vecellio Group, Inc., a Top 400 Contractor with operations in heavy/highway, mining, and energy services and products.

More Than 120 Years Of History

The company’s roots go back to 1900, when Enrico Vecellio began a masonry contracting business in West Virginia. He built a reputation for excellence in workmanship and professional integrity. He soon entered the emerging road-building industry and became one of its earliest success stories.

Enrico’s son, Leo Vecellio, grew up around road construction, earned a civil engineering degree and in the 1930s went to work for his father’s road construction business. Also joining his father’s business was Gene Grogan, who married Leo’s sister, Erma Vecellio Grogan. Erma handled much of the company’s administrative work.

Second Generation — Building his own company

Having grown up around the business, Leo enjoyed working with his father, but he had a driving vision to build his own company. They talked it over and in 1938, a new company, Vecellio & Grogan, was formed. Enrico provided start-up assistance and executive guidance, while Leo and Gene handled the bulk of estimating and project management. Erma provided administrative assistance for the new venture.

Never one to shy away from a difficult assignment, Leo set a high standard at Vecellio & Grogan that follows to this day. The company became well-known for its heavy/highway contracting expertise, especially under tough-job, high-production conditions.

The company grew over the years, expanding beyond its home state into other mid-Atlantic states and even into other fields. During the 1960’s, V&G was involved as much in coal-mining as it was in earth-moving and road construction. Reclamation work also became a company specialty.

Third Generation — Substantial growth phase

In 1973, third-generation contractor Leo Vecellio Jr. joined Vecellio & Grogan. Like his father before him, Leo Vecellio Jr. had grown up in the family business, studied civil engineering in college and served in the U.S. military. He joined Vecellio & Grogan with civil engineering degrees from Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, and with significant international project management experience gained as an officer in the U.S Air Force.

As Leo Vecellio Jr. shouldered a growing share of the executive workload, V&G began branching out into more diverse economic and geographic regions, even adding bridge-building to its range of services. When opportunities arose in Florida, Leo Jr. took the lead and a number of new operations were established, propelling substantial business growth over the next several decades.

From excavation, grading and structure work, to asphalt manufacturing and paving, to aggregates production — the operations grew considerably and were eventually reorganized as Vecellio Group, Inc., with a continued emphasis on safety and environmental awareness in all aspects of the work.

The Vecellio Group is privately owned by Leo A. Vecellio, Jr., his wife, Kathryn, and sons Christopher, left, and Michael, right.
The Vecellio Group is privately owned by Leo A. Vecellio, Jr., his wife, Kathryn, and sons Christopher, left, and Michael, right.
Leo A. Vecellio, Jr. is shown with Leo A. Vecellio, Sr., (1915-1996), who co-founded the company in 1938.
Leo A. Vecellio, Jr. is shown with Leo A. Vecellio, Sr., (1915-1996), who co-founded the company in 1938.

Fourth Generation — Meeting the challenges of the 21st Century…

The Vecellio Group, corporate parent of Vecellio & Grogan, is now in its fourth generation as a family-owned and operated business. After completing their graduate studies and joining the executive team in 2002, both Christopher Vecellio and Michael Vecellio have become an integral part of the Group’s leadership and growth.

Today, the Vecellio Group’s operations include Vecellio & Grogan, Sharpe Bros., Ranger Construction Industries, White Rock Quarries, and an energy division, operating as Vecenergy. Each unit is built on a long tradition of “excellence in contracting” and the highest standards of professional integrity.

Vecellio & Grogan, established in 1938, is a major heavy/highway contractor specializing in complete site development, bridge and road construction, drainage and utility structures, coal mining development, and site reclamation in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States.

Sharpe Bros. is a division of Vecellio & Grogan providing grading, paving and utilities contracting to the public and private sectors of North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad area. Sharpe Bros. is backed by the full construction capabilities of Vecellio & Grogan’s North Carolina division.

Vecellio & Grogan, established in 1938, is a major heavy/highway contractor specializing in complete site development, bridge and road construction, drainage and utility structures, coal mining development, and site reclamation in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast United States.

Sharpe Bros., acquired in the mid-2000s, is a division of Vecellio & Grogan providing grading, paving and utilities contracting to the public and private sectors of North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad area. Sharpe Bros. is backed by the full construction capabilities of Vecellio & Grogan’s North Carolina division.

Hal Jones Contractor, acquired in early 2018, is the newest division of Vecellio & Grogan, Inc.  Hal Jones Contractor provides heavy industrial bridge and marine construction to the public and private sectors in the southeastern United States from its Jacksonville, FL, base.

Ranger Construction Industries is a leading heavy/highway, site development and asphalt paving contractor with state-of-the-art facilities in numerous locations throughout northeast, central and southeast Florida. Ranger Construction serves customers from St. Johns County west to Polk County and south to the Florida Keys through its Orlando, DeBary, Malabar, Ft. Pierce, West Palm Beach, Pompano and Miami operations.

White Rock Quarries, a division of Vecellio & Grogan, is a DOT-certified mining operation located in Miami, Florida. White Rock produces high quality limestone (also known as limerock) to meet a wide variety of construction aggregate needs for its diversified customer base.

Vecenergy is the Vecellio Group’s energy brand. Operations include storage and distribution terminals for bulk petroleum products and additives, with total capacity exceeding 2 million barrels at its five terminals in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and New Mexico. Operations also include logistics, additive services and comprehensive consulting. Current markets include the U.S., Caribbean and Europe.

Vecenergy comprises these operations:

Vecenergy Logistics designs, builds and operates high-capacity port terminals to store and distribute bulk petroleum and fuel products.

South Florida Materials operates a liquid asphalt and diesel fuel terminal at the Port of Palm Beach in southeast Florida. Founded in the mid-2000s, it is the originating business behind the Vecenergy brand.

South Florida Petroleum Services provides offloading services for all petroleum products at Port Everglades, located on the east coast of South Florida.

Vecenergy Resources provides fuel additive services to major oil companies throughputting petroleum products at deep-water port locations, including Port Everglades in South Florida.


Did you know…

In addition to its mining, aggregates and energy operations, the Vecellio Group is consistently ranked by Engineering News-Record as one of America’s Top 400 Contractors (and among the nation’s leading Transportation Contractors).

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