Connolly Construction Co. was founded in 1947 by Roscoe R. Connolly, the father of the current owner. The company has been involved in the general excavation and building industry in varying degrees for over 60 years. Originally, Connolly Construction Co. was engaged in excavation, heavy dirt work, and had several pipe crews. They were also involved in major commercial development projects. In the mid-50’s, the company was heavily involved with the development of this nation’s highway system and several of Ohio’s state highways. The company has worked in the development of several shopping centers, and commercial and entertainment developments in the Columbus area. Specific local projects in which the company has been involved include: Eastland Mall, the former Northland Mall, Columbus Zoo expansion, Muirfield Golf Course, Mad River Mountain, Scioto Downs, Frantz Road, and I-71 expansions.
In the mid 1960’s, as the result of a large residential growth spurt, the company became more housing oriented. Connolly Construction Co. acquired the franchise for National Homes and constructed several smaller housing developments, providing an economical opportunity for area residents to have new homes. The company also was involved in constructing larger subdivisions. At the same time, the company obtained the East Liberty stone quarry and worked with several portable crushing plants to provide aggregate for development throughout the state. The company grew to employ approximately 125 employees during the peak season and carried 40 to 50 employees year round.
In 1976, Roscoe Connolly retired and appointed Phillip Connolly to the presidency. Phillip’s entire working life has been with the company, first working as a mechanic’s assistant, then running heavy equipment and driving trucks, and finally working in the management of the company alongside his father. After Roscoe’s death in 1979, Phillip continued to operate the company, and eventually transitioned it to focus on real estate development and property management in the 1990s.
In 2018, Phillip stepped away from full-time involvement and named his son John as the third President of Connolly Construction Co. The company continues to be actively involved in marketing sites it has developed for retail and commercial uses in Marysville, developing new projects, and providing quality apartment homes for lease through its Connolly Communities brand.