In the early 1900s, he founded Charley Toppino & Sons, Inc. After a few years in the American Northeast, Charley moved to Florida with plans to assemble a construction crew and begin working on infrastructure projects. They settled in Central Florida for a brief time until they heard the news that there was an abundance of roadway and bridgework in the Florida Keys that required skilled contractors.
In the early 2000s, Charley Toppino & Sons, Inc. transitioned from an earthwork subcontractor to bidding projects as a general contractor. This was a period of dramatic growth, going from 70 employees to more than 160. As the team grew, the overall company structure changed. The addition of John Toppino, Andrew Toppino, and Rey Martinez, with the continuous guidance of Richard and Paul Toppino created a core group of leaders that could move into previously uncharted territory.
As 3rd and 4th generations align, community projects like storm cleanup and charitable giving are becoming greater priorities. Charley Toppino & Sons, Inc. is modernizing its approach to project management without losing the family-owned, mom-and-pop feel. While heavy civil will always be the company’s bread and butter, the future means increasingly diverse work. Successful completion of recent jobs that extend beyond infrastructure work include several multi-family, hotel, and recreation projects. Challenging themselves to adapt, while strengthening bonds within their communities, makes for a clear path forward.