Tomasso Group

About Us


Angelo Tomasso Sr. is known for a legendary tale of how he drove his steam shovel overnight from New Britain to Hartford to win a contract for constructing the foundation of the Hartford County Building. The contract was awarded to the first person to arrive on site. His reputation grew and so did his company. As the years passed:
  • He built the first section of the New York Taconic Parkway.
  • He bought a new steam shovel as each of his four sons was born.
  • He added quarry operations and a concrete plant to his company.
  • In 1941, Angelo Tomasso was responsible for the original construction of Brainard Airport in Hartford.

TBI Development Company, LLC

One Liberty Square
P.O. Box 3040
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 224-9977



In 1910, 17 year old Angelo Tomasso Sr. arrived in New York from the mountains of Abbateggio, Italy.  He  sserved in the U.S. Army and then worked in railroad construction; this work took him north to Hartford, Connecticut and his subsequent work as a laborer with Hartford Electric.1910


In 1923, in New Britain with one piece of equipment – a steam shovel – he founded Angelo Tomasso, Inc. That same year he landed his first big job – excavating foundations for the Fafnir Bearing Company. Angelo was aggressive, driven, and opportunistic. He saw himself as blessed with opportunity and he wanted to create a reputation. He did not take success for granted. Those who worked with him described his stamina, countless hours of hard work, and remarkable accomplishments.1923

A Generation is Born

On St. Patrick's Day in 1925, Nazzarena gave birth to the first Tomasso son Angelo, Jr.  Expecting to raise a contractor's family with plenty of boys, the senior Tomasso saw this event as a good reason to purchase another steam shovel.  As the years went by and three more sons were born, he marked each boy's birth by ordering a new steam shovel.1925

The Legend Grows

After World War II Angelo’s four sons (led by Angelo Tomasso Jr., Victor, George and Bill) took over management of the company and began managing larger projects.1960

New Beginning

In 1968, the third generation of the Tomasso family, William, Michael, Paul and James, formed Tunxis Management real estate management and subsequently its sister company, TBI Construction. All four brothers learned the construction business while working at Angelo Tomasso, Inc.1968


The construction accomplishments of Angelo Tomasso, Inc. became legendary. The company acquired additional quarrying and mixed concrete capacity and became famous for highway construction including Routes 91 and 84, and Routes 9 and 2. In 1972, Angelo Tomasso, Inc was sold to Ashland Resources. In 1979, a British company bought the core of the former company, creating Tilcon Tomasso. The company’s name changed to Tilcon Connecticut in 1990. 1972


The Tomasso Group is a multi-disciplined Real Estate Development, Construction Management and Property Management company doing business in central Connecticut since 1923. Tomasso can assist you with all of your real estate needs from site selection, property acquisition, construction, build to suit/long-term leases to property and asset management.