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In the 35 years since the company first started, much has changed. Launched with just three employees, the business — which ultimately became an authorized dealer for Andover Controls/Schneider Electric in the mid-1980s — now operates out of a 12,000-square-foot building in Brick.

“One of our biggest markets is now schools, where our products help control lighting, humidity, HVAC systems and even the quality of indoor air to ensure that it’s fresh and clean,” said Crescenzo, whose company often learns of project opportunities by reviewing trade publications announcing the latest jobs out for bid and recently landed a $6.6 million contract with the 14-school South Brunswick School District.

“Once we bid on and win a job, our in-house engineers will design a system of panels and sensors, install and commission them, develop a user interface to enhance their ease of use, and then service them afterwards to ensure their smooth operation and our customers’ peace of mind.”

As executive vice president, “I handle the service division and office operations, while Mark, our president, oversees construction, new business development and sales prospecting,” said Crescenzo of the company, whose customers include such local health care facilities as Ocean Medical Center in Brick and Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, school districts in Freehold, Eatontown, Brick and Ocean Township, government entities such as Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, and public venues such as Red Bull Arena in Harrison.

While company founder John Sr., now nearly 90, no longer plays an active role in daily operations, he regularly checks in and has been proud to help pass the torch onto the company’s third-generation members, who include Crescenzo’s son Nick, an account manager, and Mark’s son Joe, a project manager, and daughter Alena, an engineering assistant.

“Our father always told us that ‘we’re in this to do quality work and our name is on every job,’ so we’re committed to providing outstanding products and service and to be accessible to our customers at all times,” said Crescenzo, who shares his cellphone number with customers.

“Jersey State Controls has been in charge of our control systems for nearly three decades and truly understands the needs of our district,” Lagravenis said. “They’ve saved us a lot of money over the years and the Andover system they installed is extremely user-friendly and easy to work with and service, which has made it very popular among businesses and schools like ours.

"Jersey State Controls is a large family-owned business but you can always call owners John and Mark, which is very important to us,” Lagravenis said. “They’re very accessible, accommodating, and involved — you’re not just a number with them.”

Though the layers of approval and payment protocols associated with some institutional energy management projects can be challenging, as can coordinating work with other members of the trade, Crescenzo said that buildings are more focused on energy management than ever before, a trend which has created significant opportunities for their company, especially in New Jersey.

“We have many repeat customers for whom we’ve upgraded systems that we first installed 20 years ago,” he said. “We’re not just about thermostats and controls, but have become a one-stop-shop source for air conditioning and heating issues and are a total service company.”