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Elaine Tomassetti of J&E Industries, Queens-Based Supplier of Steel for Freedom Tower, to Speak at Business Forum
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Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

(718) 997-559

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593

Media Advisory for Friday, February 27, 2008, 8–10 am


-- Ground Zero Skyscraper Is Among the Firm’s High-Profile
Construction Projects --

WHAT: Queens College Business Forum
WHO: Elaine Tomassetti, Principal and Co-Founder of J&E Industries, LLC,  a 45-person, Belle Harbor-based supplier of steel reinforcing (rebar) tonumerous construction projects, including the new Freedom Tower at Ground  Zero. Tomassetti, who grew up in her family’s construction business, will discuss the.unique experiences and challenges she faced while trying to succeed in a traditionally male-dominated industry.
New York State Assembly member Mark Weprin to bring greetings. 
WHEN:     Informal breakfast begins at 8 am
Formal program 8:30–10 am
Seating is limited and registration required:  718-997-5210 or
WHERE:  Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
Student Union, 4th Floor
For directions, go to


Elaine Tomassetti, who has been involved in the construction business her entire life, founded J&E Industries in 2000 with her sister, Janice Ameruso. Based in Belle Harbor, the 45-person rebar supplier and installer has gained recognition for its advanced engineering products used in such high-profile construction projects as the new Freedom Tower at Ground Zero.  When completed in 2013-2014, the building will be the tallest in New York City.

Tomassetti’s father owns a 40-year-old construction company in Brooklyn that provides excavation, foundation and general contracting services.  Tomassetti worked summers and after school in her father’s business, learning it from the ground up.  While studying at Polytechnic University for her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, she moved up from a field engineer to project manager. After receiving her engineering license in 1997, Tomassetti successfully managed major construction projects involving the supervision of 40-50 employees at a time. 

The Queens College Business Forum was launched in the fall of 2005.  Sponsored by the Queens Borough President’s Office, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Chase, Con Edison,  Farrell Fritz, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Times Ledger, the forum acts as a catalyst within the diverse areas of Queens, bringing together the business community, local government, academia, and students to provide an opportunity for “town and gown” to interact.  Influential leaders in a number of fields serve as keynote speakers at a series of breakfast lectures, touching on issues vital to the Queens business community.  The forum’s theme, “Queens: A Catalyst for Success,” is reflected in the subject matter of the seminars.  Each forum fosters discussions that provide insight on how local businesses are seizing opportunities and profitably adapting to changes in business and regulatory conditions. 




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