Building Bridges for a Brighter Tomorrow
For over 14 years Joe Cataldo and his son Mike have run M.J. Cataldo, Inc., based in Littleton, MA. Their business specializes in site development, full-service landscaping and property maintenance. Northern recently connected with Joe to discuss how his team, which he refers to as Team Cataldo, has adapted their day-to-day operations in response to the pandemic.
“We continue to tell our customers, we want to keep working,” Joe relayed to Northern. He has had several conversations with town officials, where projects are located, to ensure them that the proper Covid-19 regulations are followed. Joe explained the importance of understanding customer’s concerns during these challenging times, especially when it comes to maintaining social distancing recommendations. “We respect our customer’s wishes, and we are doing everything possible to follow the guidelines put in place.”
Team Cataldo also sees the importance of not completely hitting the pause button on all their projects. There are the smaller jobs that are imperative to keeping communities running and residents smiling, such as doing trash pickup at the local shopping plaza or planting flower beds at the assisted living homes. Then they have the bigger projects where, once the pandemic is over, communities will be able to come together and enjoy. For example, M.J. Cataldo, Inc. is close to completing a park in Lynnfield and a pedestrian foot bridge in Bedford. Although these community spaces remain empty for now, the Cataldos and their team continue to #StayTrue to their commitment to service these towns and are determined to have them ready for the brighter tomorrows.
None of this work could be done without M.J. Cataldo, Inc.’s employees, whom Joe and Mike consider an extension of their family. Thanks to the Cataldo’s dedication to keeping projects in progress and implementing the new protocols, all 51 team members have been able to stay on the payroll. Joe and Mike’s number one priority has been the safety of their employees and their employees’ families. Therefore, they strictly adhere to and enforce the proper safety precautions while crews are on job sites.
Team Cataldo’s story of perseverance and facing these hurdles head on, is truly inspiring. “We will get through this,” Joe explained, “and I just keep telling my wife how fortunate we are that we can keep our businesses running, and it could be much worse.”
Thank you M.J. Cataldo, Inc. for sharing your #StayTrue message.
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