98 Years of Excellence
In 1921, Harry J. Suits, Sr. and two friends formed a road construction company named Bolton, Suits and Gibbs. When the two partners retired, Harry continued to grow the business, taking only a brief hiatus during World War II to assist with the construction of the Sampson Naval Base located in Romulus, NY.
After WWII, Harry expanded his Watkins Glen asphalt operation to include the New Hartford, NY market. During this time, the company was renamed Central Asphalt and provided a wide range of services that primarily focused on paving roads and distributing liquid asphalt products to counties, towns, and villages.
In the mid-1950s, Central Asphalt continued to prosper under Harry’s leadership, expanding further into NY’s southern tier (Binghamton) marketplace by establishing its first blacktop plant. In 1958, Harry J. Suits, Sr. passed away leaving behind a tremendous legacy and a successful business enterprise to his two sons, Harry “Bud” Suits, Jr. and Frank H. Suits, Sr.
The company continued its managed growth and in 1961 Frank Suits, Sr. decided to move to Cortland, NY to create a new asphalt business named Cortland Asphalt Products. Bud remained in his role as President of Central Asphalt while Frank assumed the same role with Cortland Asphalt Products. Still operating on a somewhat modest scale, they decided to assist development and innovation of the asphalt industry in NY by becoming a licensee of the K.E. McConnaughay Company of West Lafayette, IN, a recognized authority in the development of superior asphalt products.
In 1980, all of the Suits family interests were consolidated under one name, thus Suit-Kote Corporation was born.
Suit-Kote has always placed a tremendous amount of importance on product quality and development, thus, it was a natural fit when Suit-Kote acquired McConnaughay Technologies in 1992. This addition provided Suit-Kote with the necessary engineers, chemists, and technical specialists needed to work towards vertical integration in the asphalt industry. This acquisition also brought Mike Guerin to Suit-Kote as he was a partner at McConnaughay Technologies.
In 1993, Frank Suits, Jr. became President of Suit-Kote Corporation. He now serves as Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO. Since this transition took place, the company has added three asphalt rail terminals, one asphalt barge terminal, and three new facilities as well as many other physical plant and equipment upgrades.
Suit-Kote produces and applies highway materials throughout New York and Pennsylvania. In addition, Suit-Kote distributes asphaltic materials in various states including Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
As a result of the corporation’s growth, Suit-Kote now proudly employs more than 800 skilled individuals that make up the “Suit-Kote family.” Suit-Kote is committed to not only reinvesting in the company but the employees as well.