Robert B. Our Company, based in Harwich, Massachusetts, received two prestigious New England business awards last week.
The company, which is marking its 60th year in business this year, was honored by The Family Business Association (FBA) as Large Business of the Year at the association’s annual awards ceremony Oct. 24 at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston. Also, John Our, Vice President of Robert B. Our Company, received the Contractor of the Year Award from the Utility Contractors Association of New England (UCANE) at the organization’s 63rd Annual Banquet Oct. 28 at the Boston Marriott Newton.
Businesses recognized by The Family Business Association in Large Business of the Year category have more than 150 employees and multiple generations working for the business, or have successfully transitioned from one generation to the next.
Commercial fisherman Robert B. Our Sr. and his wife Joan founded the company in 1957 with five employees, and through the decades grew the business, building on a reputation of trust with his customers and a strong value system and work ethic in his children. The company began pumping septic systems and now has plumbing, mechanical and electrical divisions, and has worked on marine construction, wastewater plant construction and municipal water projects. The second generation of Ours — sons Chris and John and daughter Hope — now manage the business, with a number of third-generation Ours among the 160 current employees.
“We are very pleased to be recognized for our achievements as a family business, especially this year as we mark our 60th year, ” said Christopher Our, President of Robert B. Our Company.
The Family Business Association is the leading independent, non-profit organization serving family business enterprises in New England. It provides educational programming and a forum for these businesses to collaboratively exchange knowledge and experience. The FBA is dedicated to the recognition and implementation of best business practices and ethical standards among these enterprises.
“To be acknowledged by our peers in the industry is quite an honor,” said John Our about the Contractor of the Year Award from the UCANE.
He also serves on UCANE’s Board of Trustees.
UCANE was established as the first Massachusetts trade association 60 years ago to solely represent underground water and sewer contractors. UCANE is comprised of more than 250 major contractors and associated businessmen and women who perform underground utility construction projects (water, sewer, electrical, gas, fiber optics, etc.) primarily in Massachusetts and throughout the New England states. UCANE lobbies on both the state and federal levels on behalf of the region’s critical clean water and drinking water issues. The association aims to educate the public and elected officials on the clean water needs for the state, the New England region and the nation.
About Robert B. Our Company, Inc.
Robert B. Our Company, Inc. of Harwich is a multi-generational, family-owned and operated site, utility, and marine construction company serving both homeowners and commercial businesses on Cape Cod and in Southeastern Massachusetts. The company specializes in construction site development and maintenance, utility installation, wastewater management, septic system installation and maintenance, as well as selling a wide-variety of premium landscape products.
Since 1957, Robert B. Our Company, Inc. has been built on a foundation of reliability, responsiveness and expertise in addressing client needs. Today, the full-service site and utility company is recognized as one of the largest locally-owned general contractors on Cape Cod.
Robert B. Our Company is led by the second and third generation of the Our family, including Christopher, John, and Hope, children of founder Robert B. Our Sr.
For more information, visit robertbour.com
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