About IAR

About IAR

IAR , a family-owned company, dedicated to providing the highest quality Environmental Services and Mechanical and Plumbing Insulation available today.

Quality workmanship together with incomparable customer service and a never-ending commitment to workplace safety make IAR the top choice in our areas of expertise. Since 1987, IAR has completed over 20,000 projects that include Remediation of Asbestos, Lead and Mold, Demolition, Fireproofing and Infectious Diseases. And since the early 1970s, IAR has professionally installed insulation on mechanical HVAC systems as well as plumbing installations in both commercial buildings and industrial facilities.

Environmental Division

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Lead & Mold

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Remediation of Asbestos

Insulation Division

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Mechanical Insulation

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Plumbing Insulation

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About Our CEO

Karen Grando worked as a manager at Citicorp. She stopped working to raise her children and in 1986 she was spending time at her late husband’s office when she realized that his company was turning down asbestos remediation work.

Karen decided that there was money to be made, so she opened International Asbestos Removal, Inc. in February 1987. Karen has over 30 years of experience in the industry and has worked on several projects ever since.

WBE Certification Provides You with the Advantage of a Diverse Workforce

IAR is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). Having our services at your disposal is a definite advantage in winning bids at a time when a diverse work force is a critical factor among decision makers.

We hold certifications in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Philadelphia and are certified by many of the city and state agencies within these states. IAR is also certified directly with a number of large national General Contractors.

At IAR, Safety is First and Foremost

All of us at IAR take great pride in the safety record we have maintained throughout our years in business.

IAR employees receive continual safety training to meet and exceed OSHA requirements as well as all city and state rules and regulations. Under the watchful eye of and expertise of our Director of Safety, Michael Picciano, in the field and one the jobsite, all safety rules and regulations are strictly followed.

The level of training and supervision, together with a work environment that demands and rewards safety, keeps our accident rate very low.

The IAR Commitment: Exceptional Service & Job Performance from Bid to Closeout

Our hard-working Union employees from NY Locals 12, 12A, 78, 79, 231, NJ Local 32, Boston Local 6 and Philadelphia Local 14 stand ready to serve you with the experience and skill necessary to get your job done on time and within budget.

The IAR Staff of over 45 Skilled Professionals – including Administrators, Estimators, Project Managers and Supervisors are dedicated to serving you, our client, with everything that is needed to meet and exceed your expectations. Accurate pricing you can rely on, required documentation, the management team you deserve and the quality work you are paying for.

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IAR is a licensed, bonded and insured certified WBE contractor specializing in environmental remediation and insulation. IAR has a dedicated full time estimating department. Our staff of 9+ estimators has over 75 years of combined experience providing accurate and timely estimates. Our full time supervisory staff professionally handles all aspects of project management including project start-up, scheduling of manpower, HASPs, and quality control throughout project closeout.

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