Our people know one another and have the same high standards and pride in their work.” Added Barella: “When I decided it was time to pursue real estate development on a full-time basis, I wanted to be sure the company we had built would stay together and stay local.I didn’t think it would be fair to our people to make them part of an anonymous out-of-town company with no roots in our community. Our negotiations were straightforward and I’m very pleased with the result.” Ghilotti Construction was founded in 1914 by James Ghilotti, an Italian immigrant and grandfather of the current CEO. One of them, Dino Ghilotti, was joined in the business by his son Richard in 1968.Ghilotti has been involved in some of Marin’s largest construction projects, including the ongoing redesign of the connector between Highway 101 and Interstate 580 in San Rafael.In acquiring North Bay, Ghilotti has taken over a $48 million Highway 101 widening project between Cotati and Petaluma.The company operates offices in San Rafael, American Canyon, and Livermore, with headquarters at 246 Ghilotti Avenue, Santa Rosa. John and Andrea Barella launched North Bay Construction in 1976 in a dilapidated barn with a backhoe and a dump truck.Over the years, the company has grown significantly and now occupies an eight-acre campus at 431 Payran Street, Petaluma. SANTA ROSA and PETALUMA — Ghilotti Construction Co.John Barella (62), North Bay’s founder and CEO, will end his day-to-day involvement in the business and turn his attention to area residential and commercial real estate development projects.NBC’s most notable current project, the $48 million widening of U. 101 between Cotati and Petaluma, will be assigned to GCC.
Barella, North Bay’s CEO, will end his day-to-day involvement in the business and focus on real estate development, according to a statement announcing the deal.and North Bay Construction, two of the largest locally based general engineering contractors, today said they will combine operations over the next 18 months.North Bay Construction founder and Chief Executive Officer John Barella, 62, inked a deal to sell the assets to Ghilotti Construction by the end of 2012. Barella is ending his management of the company, and North Bay President Steven Geney, 52, is joining Ghilotti Construction management team.Ghilotti Construction has no immediate plans to close the North Bay office, and no layoffs have occurred as a result of the merger, according to Kamer.
Future employment levels will depend on the amount of work available, Kamer said.
With the merger, Ghilotti has nearly doubled in size, with 420 to 550 employees depending on projects.