Our Roots & History

Sanitary Construction traces its roots back to the 19th century and still flourishes in the 21st century.

Founded in 1885 by Michael Cervino, the firm first completed projects for the Erie Railroad. Later incorporated as Sanitary Construction under the leadership of Michael’s three sons William, Michael, and Anthony, the business successfully took on a range of water, sewer, drainage and road projects that made it one of the most active and successful construction companies in Northern New Jersey. Following World War II, Anthony and his wife Margaret took over the business, further enhancing its reputation for completing challenging work on time and within budget.

After Anthony’s death in 1969, Margaret took over and managed the company. Surprising many as a woman successfully operating in a traditionally male domain, her management skills won over bankers and bonding agents. She competitively bid jobs and supervised quality work, all while raising four sons. Focusing on municipal and public work, Sanitary expanded its market to include projects in South and Central New Jersey, building some of the first utility systems in the area. A respected and admired business leader, Margaret Cervino died in 2000. However, the proud traditions of her company continue in the hands of her children and grandchildren.

In recent years, the company has diversified by transitioning its focus to large scale site development projects for residential and commercial clients. This method of turn-key construction allows Sanitary to carry a project from concept through completion, while also broadening its client base.

Bred leaders

Family lead legacy


Founded by Michael Cervino and later lead under the leadership of his sons William, Michael, and Anthony.

After WWII

Anthony and his wife, Margaret took over the business.


Following Anthony's death Margaret took over the company.


Margaret Cervino passes and her kin continue to operate the proud traditions of the business.


Mike Jr. and Todd Cortese join Sanitary Construction to continue to strengthen developer relationships and diversify the customer base.


Our goal is simple. Zero injuries on the job. Our employees are the core of our business. Without them, our company would cease to exist. We’re committed to providing our employees the training and support to facilitate a safe workplace. Our crews receive ongoing education and are subject to random audits from our corporate safety officer to ensure that everyone returns home safely to their families.


Remaining transparent and honest is the key to our business. Sanitary conducts business affairs with the highest level of integrity to foster a relationship of trust between the firm and our customers. This fundamental principle ensures that we never take shortcuts and always take the ethical path in everything we do.


Sanitary focuses on providing a top quality product for our customers. Our mantra is to “Do things right the first time, so they don’t have to be done a second time.” We use the finest materials in the industry and ensure that our crews are well-versed in the latest construction methods. This enables our firm to provide a high level of excellence and a top notch finished product to the customer.


We are proud of the longevity we have been able to maintain in a challenging and ever evolving construction industry. Being in business for over 125 years, our reputation speaks for itself. Sanitary Construction Company garners the respect of our peers and our management team utilizes the wisdom we have gained over the years to remain a respected visionary within the industry.


Providing cost effective solutions to our customers is paramount to our business. We provide value engineered options to our clients whenever possible, and pass these savings on to maintain competitive margins, provide cost controls, and build lasting relationships.
Our Qualifications

Certified & Licensed

– Fully Bonded and Insured
– New Jersey Department of Transportation Certified Contractor
– New Jersey Division of Building and Construction Certified Contractor
– New Jersey School Development Authority Certified Contractor
– New Jersey Transit Certified Contractor
– New Jersey Certified Asphalt Installation Contractor
– Member of the Utility and Transportation Contractors of NJ
– Member of the American Water Works Association
– New Jersey American Water Certified Contractor
– OSHA Certified Blue Level Construction Industry Safety Partner (CISP)
– Utility and Transportation Contractors of NJ Safety Award Recipient 2012 – 2021