Cook & Krupa, Inc., a Long Island based real estate development and construction firm, was founded in 1962 by Raymond J. Cook and his partner Steve Krupa, a close personal friend of Ray Cook’s brother. At the time, Steve was working for Baltimore Ohio Railroad as a junior engineer.
Ray graduated from St John’s University with an English degree, but his passion was to work with his hands. On a handshake that stood for over 40 years–until Ray’s death in 2005–the pair founded Cook & Krupa, initially framing houses and providing general carpentry services.
From the company’s first offices located beneath the 59th Street Bridge in Manhattan, Cook & Krupa grew incrementally, eventually employing a skeleton staff of five and stocking a small fleet of trucks. The partners later developed a network of contacts in the commercial field, mostly in and around the New York metropolitan area. The company soon hit its stride, winning bids based on the firm’s strong reputation as fine craftsmen who were as comfortable doing high level interior woodwork as they were in constructing buildings with concrete.
Fast forward 50 years and Cook & Krupa has successfully completed thousands of projects from its central HQ in Mineola, in all five boroughs, on Long Island, in New Jersey and Connecticut.
The company’s completed projects include jobs billing in the millions of dollars for companies such as Ford Motor Company, The Schubert Organization, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, YMCA, as well as numerous banks.
Today, Cook & Krupa continues to leverage its history, heritage and reputation to make significant inroads in several key areas, including Houses of Worship, Private Education, Retail Build-outs, Automotive Dealerships, Healthcare, Office Buildings and Restaurants/Food companies.