Regional Construction Project Nets Honors For Local Contractor

Prestigious Golden Trowel Award Given to T. Swidzinski Masonry

Youngstown, Ohio – T. Swidzinski Masonry is the winner of a prestigious Golden Trowel Award for stone work done at the Riverfront project in downtown New Castle, Pa.

And, the company also received special recognition for two additional projects: Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Clearview Mall and Monarch Place at the former Spang Building. Both of these projects were located in Butler, Pa.

This is the business' second Golden Trowel Award. The first was for the (Butler) Holy Sepulcher Church in 2005.

“We worked hard on each of these projects and we are honored to be recognized,” said company President Tom Swidzinski.

The Golden Trowel awards are sponsored by the International Masonry Institute (IMI), in conjunction with other local organizations and are given every two years for outstanding masonry projects done by a union contractor in western Pennsylvania. Entries are judged by a panel of architects, craftworkers, contractors and educators from Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey and Washington, D.C. In 2007, 14 Golden Trowel Awards were presented.

T. Swidzinski Masonry was originally started by Frank Swidzinski in Butler during the mid 60's. Frank continues to remain active and oversees various aspects of the business. T. Swidzinski Masonry is also a member of The Builders – the Builders Association of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

“We congratulate T. Swidzinski Masonry for their accomplishment. They are a quality company and perform exceptionally well on every project that they undertake,” said Kevin Reilly, executive vice president of The Builders.

Fellow Association members Stevens Masonry, Gibson Construction and Youngstown Tile and Terrazzo also were honored by the awards program for their work in the region.