Two New York families built a relationship in construction. The Scobbos have one of the best drill teams around. The Malveses celebrate 100 years of service in 2012. With its unique weight and hydraulics, Volvo is helping both grow their foundation footprint and their profits.
Back in the 1980s, when Frank T. Scobbo was just a high schooler, he pictured himself in the cab of a big tractor at one of his Dad’s construction sites.
His father, Frank J. Scobbo, the well-known
construction man and celebrated Port Washington Police Commissioner, seemed rather proud.
“You want to operate the machine?” he asked his son.
The question was, of course, met with an
The young man was thrilled – he would follow in the footsteps of Frank Sr., and his grandparents, Frank Rose and Theresa Scobbo, who founded and managed the family business from 1931 to 1961.
Frank Sr., handed the surprised young man a shovel.
“Learn this machine first.”
Frank Jr., did his very best, for six months straight,
and was rewarded (kind of), when he again urged his father to let him behind the wheel of their Ford Tractor.
“You did a great job,” Frank Sr., said. “Now you can learn this machine,” he said, handing his son a sledgehammer.
It was many years before Frank Jr. started running an excavator, but he was on the job, full-time, right after graduation from the New York Institute of Technology at Old Westbury.
While Frank Scobbo Contractors has been helping build and transorm the skyline of New York, Boston, Philadelphia and several cities in Delaware since the early 1990s, it has been with Volvo Construction Equipment that the company has fully developed its expertise in drilling.
Drill Down Menu
As Chief Operating Officer/Vice President, Frank
T. Scobbo manages a fleet of 15 machines for the company’s flourishing Foundation Systems Division. Services include helical pile driving, underpinning, sheeting and shoring, concrete foundations, marine docks and boardwalks, stabilizations and emergency drilling services.
Thanks to the unique capabilities of the Volvo
excavator line and the engineering ingenuity of
Scobbo’s longtime dealership partner, Malvese
Equipment Company, Inc. of Hicksville, NY, Scobbo takes on 10 specialized drilling jobs annually.
While Scobbo relies on the expertise of Malvese
Customer Service VP Tony Lauro and Parts &
Service expert Al Feliney, who just retired after 25 years, Scobbo’s relationship with Malvese dates to the 1960s.
It was a meeting of two New York men of distinction when Frank J. Scobbo purchased his first Ford tractor from George Malvese. Frank was the wellloved police commissioner, whose heroism included a hurricane evacuation, a hostage rescue, and the hi-jinks of landing a helicopter at a football halftime show. He even published an autobiography.
Not to be outshined, during his early days as a
mechanic, George Malvese repaired President
Roosevelt’s Cadillac. He also helped build Long Island’s infrastructure – bringing the first tractors,
bulldozers and motor graders to The Island as his
business evolved to construction support.
It was the beginning of a long and profitable friendship, carried on today by the two men’s families and thousands of repeat customers.
With Malvese Equipment as trusted backup, the drilling Scobbo Foundation Systems performs creates safe areas for the construction of large office structures.
On this day, at a jobsite in Queens, Scobbo Foreman Tim Mohammed, an 11-year veteran of Scobbo Inc., operates the Volvo EC240C excavator, with the Volvo-exclusive Advanced Control System, delivering maximum engine power to operate the drill attachment.
Contracted by the New York State Dormitory
Association, Scobbo was tasked with drilling and
installing 35 to 39 foot long steel sheeting walls
at the Queens site. The walls provided safe access for the installation of drainage structures at a new, 30,000 sq. ft. LaGuardia Community College building.
“After drilling 40 feet at each hole, we lift the sheets from the ground into a vertical position to be inserted to the holes,” Scobbo said.
“The sheets were vibrated by running down the drill mast – the instantaneous loosening of the soil allows the sheets to be pushed into the ground.”
After installing and later removing the 360 feet of sheeting during the four-week job, Scobbo packed up the Volvo, the drill and moved the crew onto the next job – drilling caissons through bedrock, for a 40,000 sq. ft., six-story office building, under the bright lights of Broadway.
Caissons are a deep foundation support used in the construction of new buildings. Scobbo drills shafts for the building foundation and then inserts deep foundation supports made of reinforced steel and concrete. The caisson shafts can be up to 150 feet deep – Scobbo says the Volvo and drill attachment go there all the way, with ease.