South State, Inc. General Contractors is proud to announce our expanding Utility Division. With our advanced technical expertise and growing fleet of specialty equipment, South State’s team can provide comprehensive services for a vast range of complex utility projects.

For Natural Gas customers, we install and provide services in the following areas:

  • Distribution Pipeline
  • Transmission Pipeline
  • Regulator Stations
  • Hot Tapping and Stopping
  • HDPE Pipe Fusion

For Electric Utilities customers, we install and provide services in the following areas:

  • Substation Work
  • Plastic and Steel Distribution Pipeline and Services
  • Hot Tapping and Stopping
  • HDPE Pipe Fusion
  • Excavation, Sheeting, and Shoring
  • Traffic Control
  • Restoration

For our Water and Sewer customers, we install and provide services in the following areas:

  • Distribution Main Installation
  • Wet Taps/Line Stops
  • Excavation, Sheeting, and Shoring
  • Pump Stations
  • Manhole and Pipe Installation
  • Traffic Control
  • Restoration

We are constantly adding to and upgrading our premier array of tools to complete any job necessary. Here are some of the tools and capabilities we possess:

  • Mueller Tapping & Stopping
  • Hydra-Stop Tapping, Stopping, and Insta-Valves
  • Electro-Fusion
  • McElroy Hydraulic Butt Fusion
  • Horizontal Directional Drilling
  • Jack and Bore
  • Trenching
  • Diamond Wire Pipe Cutting
  • Trenchless Technology
  • Pipe Ramming

Former State Senator Nicholas Asselta

Born on August 17, 1951, Senator Nick Asselta grew up in Vineland, New Jersey.  The son of a Vineland Police Officer, Asselta graduated from Vineland High School, Cumberland County College and the Frederick Military Academy.  He also attended Rider College and the Glassboro State College Management Institute.

After college, Asselta worked for 23 years as Marketing and Production Director for Times Graphic Inc., a Gannett Company subsidiary.  Upon his election in 1995 to the New Jersey State Assembly, he became an independent consultant.  He has been married to Nancy Small-Asselta since 1980 and they reside in Vineland.  Nancy Small-Asselta owns and operates her own interior design company which is also based in Vineland.

Ove the past two decades, Senator has been an educator, a coach and a community leader.  From 1978 until 1981, he served as an adjunct faculty member at Atlantic Cape Community College where he served as the head basketball coach.  Asselta was also the basketball coach at Vineland High School from 1985 to 1987.  In 1993 he was elected to the Vineland Board of Education and on January 23, 1995 was sworn in as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly to fill an unexpired term.  In November of that same year, he was elected to his first full term, representing New Jersey’s First Legislative District in the General Assembly.  Having completed four terms in the General Assembly, Nick Asselta was sworn into the State Senate on January 13, 2004.

During his time in the Assembly, Asselta fought for our children’s education, our community’s access to health care, and the concerns of our country’s veterans.  In addition, he spent a great deal of energy fighting for the economic stability of Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic counties, particularly the tourism industry.  As a member of the Senate Committee on Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation, the Committee on Urban and Community Affairs, and the Senate State Government Committee, Asselta played a major role in ensuring that South Jersey’s voice was heard in Trenton.

Regarding his steadfast support of those individuals who defend our country’s liberty and honor, Asselta was instrumental in locating the necessary state funding to complete the construction of the Vineland Veterans’ home.  The original Vineland Veterans’ Home as built by Asselta’s great-grandfather, James D. Pasquale and his father, Carl.  Asselta served as a board member of the Home for 17 years.  He considers the completion of this facility as a highlight of his career in public service.

Former Senator Asselta was one of the leading proponents for New Jersey’s seniors in the State Senate.  He was an instrumental sponsor of Senate Bill 1642, the Independence, Dignity and Choice in Long-Term Care Act.”  Senate Bill 1642 adjusted New Jersey’s long-term care funding structure to provide more options to New Jersey’s seniors.  The measure created a coordinated, statewide long-term care system designed to ensure that those who needed care received it, and that they had more opportunities to choose between community-based, home-based and nursing home care.  He was successful in ensuring the bill’s passage and on June 21, 2006 Bill 1642 was signed into law.

While in office Asselta also introduced Senate Bill 1752, the “Pharmacy Quality Improvement and Error Prevention Act,” which established a 24-member “Medication Error Prevention Task Force” to provide guidelines for the New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy.  Those guidelines are used in implementing medication error prevention, pharmacy quality improvement and consumer education programs. Asselta worked tirelessly to push this bill through the legislative process to eliminate the frequency of drug-related errors that New Jerseyans often experienced.

Former Senator Asselta led the movement to improve Southern New Jersey’s infrastructure.  One of his accomplishments in improving our state’s transportation involves legislation which would direct the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation to allocate monies for concept development and design of a Rout 55 extensions.  Route 55 is a vital roadway to our tourism region and desperately needed to be expanded to allow for an easier traffic flows.

Asselta believes that our infrastructure system works hand in hand with the state of our economy.  Asselta has worked arduously to revitalize unique tourism and economic venues in the First Legislative District.  As a result of his efforts, Cape May County now has a passenger rail service for the first time since 1980.  In addition, Asselta included Ocean City and Wildwood in the legislation for the state’s 35 Special Improvement Districts.  Due to his efforts, new vibrant downtown areas were reborn in those popular tourist destinations, with New Jersey’s financial assistance.

Numerous community and civic groups have recognized Asselta’s work.  The Annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism awarded him the Legislative Leadership Award three times.  The Southern New Jersey Arts & Business Partnership honored Asselta with the Encore Award for his work designating the A.J. Meerwald, New Jersey’s official tall ship, and the Downtown New Jersey Association honored him for his leading efforts on downtown revitalization projects across the state.  The New Jersey Conference of Mayors honored the former Senator with the Legislator’s Award.  The New Jersey Hospital Association recognized him with the Legislator of the Year, the Southern New Jersey Development Council honored him with the Outstanding New Jersey Legislator Award and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Sevices awarded him with the Friends of Public Health Award.  He is also the very first inductee of the Cumberland County College’s Distinguished Alumni in 1996.

Asselta went on to serve as a Commissioner on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for five years.  He was heralded as a voice for South Jersey, fighting to improve quality of life for all New Jerseyans and built strong relationships with fellow commissioners and staff.

In 2013, Aqua American asked Asselta to join the company as president of its New Jersey subsidiary.  Aqua America is one of the largest U.S.-based publicly-traded water utilities and serves almost three million residents in Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.   As president, he used his years of governmental expertise and unique skill set to help navigate the dynamic environment of compliance while helping Aqua, a leading water and wastewater utility, to grow their customer base in New Jersey.

In November of 2016, Asselta was hired as Vice-President of South State, Inc., a major road, bridge and utility infrastructure builder in New Jersey.  His responsibilities include growing the utility construction business, government relations and serving as a representative for the company.

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