You may not have heard of Thomas Barriers, LLC, a Framingham-based, women-owned business, but chances are, you have seen the strength of their work.
It could have been at Fenway Park or seven other national ballparks, half a dozen Live Nation venues, or most recently, at the Capital One Center in Washington, DC. Driving around the area, you have also seen their products securing perimeters on highways so construction crews can work safely.
A national distributor of energy-absorbing steel barrier products, Thomas Barriers has built a reputation for quality, performance, and family values. That’s not surprising since it’s a family endeavor led by its president, Elaine Grilli, and conceived with the help of her husband, Mike Grilli, a retired engineer who founded and ran a highly successful engineering firm.
Like their marriage, their professional union with Thomas Barriers has been a great success.
Thomas Barriers is also a trailblazer. “We were one of the first steel barrier companies to be certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE),” shares Elaine. “I think that’s been really impressive to contractors.”
Though the WBE certification has helped the company secure federally funded projects, the quality of the product and the service they provide has really distinguished Thomas Barriers from large, multi-million dollar companies that dominate the steel barrier industry.
That, and a very unique financial partner the company has always had on its side: MutualOne.
The strength of a banking partner with mutual values
Though the Grilli’s are extraordinarily proud of their success, they know they couldn’t have done it without the financial resources and support of their trusted banking partner.
“MutualOne has been so instrumental in our success,” shares Mike. “When we needed a line of credit and loans to start the business, they were never reticent about helping us.”
The Grilli’s believe the accessibility and responsiveness of MutualOne has made all the difference from the start. “When you’re a small business, there are moments when you really need help – like having funds for a line of credit released quickly. We’ve never had to wait days for a callback. Mark Haranas, MututalOne Bank’s President & CEO, has always been there for us.”
Elaine and Mike believe their banking relationship has been strong because of their shared values. “We appreciate our customers and are always there to help them. Just like MutualOne. They’ve been a great role model; the way they treat us is the way we treat our customers.”
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To see and learn more about the work of Thomas Barriers, visit ThomasBarriers.com.