245 Access Road
Stratford, CT 06615
President and Founder
Louis “Skip” Gardella is President and Founder of Norwalk Marine Contractors Inc. (NMC). At the inception of NMC in 1984, the main focus was marine construction and pile driving. Over the years, we have vastly expanded to offer services such as earth retention and geotechnical drilling. Skip, along with NMC, have both domestic and international experience. NMC operates its own specialty equipment and maintains a substantial inventory of heavy equipment to support the needs of any job, whether commercial, industrial, municipal or residential. NMC was also the importer and user of North America’s first Junttan Hydraulic Pile Driver. The company is licensed in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Bermuda. NMC employs only highly experienced field crews and management staff and adheres to rigorous safety measures on all job sites.
From 1996 to 2003, Skip was Owner and Principal Partner of the SONO Warf Marina, which was a 14,000 square foot facility and accommodated 60 marine slips.
Skip’s pile driving experience began in 1977 when he was Vice President and General Manager of the Crane & Rigging division for Louis J. Gardella, Inc. In this role, he managed contract negotiations and daily operations.
His professional career began in 1975, as a Yacht Captain for Norwalk Cove Marina. He then worked briefly as a Broker on the New York Futures Exchange. Other roles included Real Estate Developer in Norwalk and Darien, CT as well as Marina Designer for various locations across Southwestern Connecticut.
Skip attended Norwalk Community College and is an active member of several community and professional organizations in the area, including Rumsey Hall School’s Board of Trustees. He was also the Founder and first President of the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), which promotes education and effective communication about the benefits of pile driving.
He enjoys spending time with his family, boating in Long Island Sound and working to grow his company.
Master of Science Degree Construction Management – Central Connecticut State University
Mr. Granata began working in the Construction Industry in 2005, and over the past 15 years he has held positions as both Project Manager/ Estimator for Norwalk Marine Contractors, Inc. as well as a Project Coordinator for Norwalk Marine International, Ltd,. He has been involved in many deep foundation and shoring projects throughout the tri-state area, as well as internationally.