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* Get your own asphalt plant if you can afford it in your future. "It is cheaper to produce your own asphalt than to get it from a supplier," [Scott Claud] says. "The more you produce, the more money saved."
PAVING Management By Gini McKain Commitment to Pave Virginia’s Colony Construction produces eight years of 30% growth by pursuing bigger jobs, maintaining job quality, and relying on the right equipment C olony Construction Inc. of Powhatan, VA, is in the enviable position of growing about 30% every year for the past eight years. This pro- gression is due to a strong com- mitment to quality paving work and a determined commitment to become more profitable – all the while maintaining commit- ments from its early years to fol- low safety, quality, and service as its guiding principals. “We had a residential customer base when my father-in-law, Earl Pryor, started and had the com- pany from 1989 to about 2003 when he retired along with his wife, Carol,” says Scott Claud, president. “Due to his company’s growth, I came on board in 2000 to help with the operations along with my wife, Kathy.” nesses or light industrial projects,” Shift to Larger Jobs At the time Colony had a PF-150 Claud says. “We also did earthwork “It was during those ensuing years Blaw-Knox paver, soon adding a construction, which is how the com- that we made another commitment to PF-161 in 1999, which the contractor pany started. Paul Wright was the get larger, maintain our quality work still uses today. first employee and still works with us. that established our reputation, and go “Our work consisted of residential Harry King was Earl’s right hand man into commercial work in a bigger way, driveways and small commercial busi- and is now vice-president. as in commercial work and Virginia DOT projects only,” he says. Colony Construction knew So how does the mid-size asphalt that when they shifted contractor today succeed in keeping focus from residential to commercial and state DOT up that growth? “It is through a lot of work they needed to buy a hard work with good people, a whole larger paver. lot of commitment, preparation to that commitment, and a foundation of quality equipment.” He adds that this was done through a banking tur- moil and even an escalation in liquid asphalt prices. “When we made the commitment to go only commercial and then munici- pal and government work, we knew we needed a bigger machine,” Claud says.
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