Like most kids, Katharine Yaroshak (Katie) spent her childhood digging in the dirt. But unlike other kids, her digging involved construction equipment. Little did she know she was laying the foundation for her future as a successful business owner.
In September 2013, Katie acquired The Vallejo Company (Vallejo), a small Cleveland based, underground utility construction company, from its retiring owner Pete Vallejo. At the time, Vallejo was a 14-person Heavy Highway Trucking company with a very small Waterline division. Immediately under new ownership, the business expanded to include a Gas Line division and became certified as Female Business Enterprise (FBE), DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) and CSB (Cleveland Small Business) among many other small business certifications. Today, Vallejo has a team of 68 across five divisions: Water/Sewer, Trucking, Gas, Boring, and the newly launched Asphalt division.
Katie’s relationship with GCP began with her acquisition of Vallejo in 2013, starting with a COSE membership. In late 2019, Katie acquired a new building from Cuyahoga County as a new headquarters for Vallejo and is working on consolidating three locations to the new central building. Simultaneously, she was introduced to Nicole Stika, Vice President, Energy Services with the GCP, who introduced her to GCP’s Energy program and conducted an energy audit of the newly acquired building. The energy audit highlighted several opportunities for improved efficiency and cost savings. Following introductions to several GCP-member contractors, Vallejo completed a multi-phase HVAC project, replacing the outdated, energy inefficient Boiler system with new radiant and several standard forced air residential furnaces powered by gas. This system was expertly designed by Geisel to be very efficient and has so far proved to be so. A comprehensive plan for LED lighting throughout the building was completed by Green Systems, which resulted in a large decline so far in monthly electric energy expenses. GCP also introduced Vallejo to Big HR to assist with the company’s growing team. Additionally, GCP connected Vallejo to the teams at Cuyahoga County Department of Development and the Department of Economic Development City of Cleveland for additional incentive and loan programs.
GCP introduced me to so many programs that I didn’t know existed. I’m so glad we were able to take advantage of them ~ Katharine Yaroshak, The Vallejo Company
Vallejo’s priorities for 2020 include continued growth of their divisions, creation of a new website, and growing of the team. Katie remains focused on identifying additional verticals for Vallejo’s continued growth.
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