"What helps us stand out is what we have that none of these other companies have - our people," says Dan Hagen, president. "If you look at the industry like a baseball team, we have the same bats and same gloves as other companies, but we have better players in the field."
Elliot has seen his company transform from a small business where he performed bidding and management operations in the evenings and ran his crews during the day. He remembers the fear he had in hiring his first foreman to take over some of the jobsite duties, but today Elliot has a large team of people he has entrusted to carry out his vision and take over the company in the coming years.
"I'm very pleased to have succession in place with Dan and Paul and other young people in the company. The work is still in my blood, and that's why I still come into the office; but I'm calm and comfortable with the dedication we have in place to take over when I'm finally golfing," Elliot says. "It's a good feeling when you put your whole life into something knowing it will continue with your same goals in mind."
At a Glance
Company:Elliot Construction Corporation, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
CEO & Founder: Rob Elliot
President: Dan Hagen
Vice President: Paul Nielsen
2008 Gross annual sales: $25 million
All facets of concrete work on commercial, industrial and high-end residential projects; excavation and site work; decorative concrete.
Key products and equipment:
Ford trucks; National cranes; forms by Symons and Western Forms; trowels by and Allen Engineering; earthmoving equipment from Case and Takeuchi; Stego Wrap; decorative concrete supplies from Butterfield Color & L.M. Scofield; Vibra-Strike screeds; Somero Copperhead Laser Screed; Soff-Cut saws; Ingersoll Rand air compressors; Wacker Neuson roller compactor; Terex concrete buggies; Schwing pumps; Putzmeister conveyors.
Servicing area contractors
In the 1990s, Elliot Construction Corp. saw a need to bring concrete placing into its business model. The company recognized the opportunities and now owns two placing businesses, one offering concrete pumps and another with conveyor-style placing equipment for concrete, sand and gravel.
Paul Nielsen, vice president, says access is the main issue to consider when deciding to send a pump or a conveyor to the jobsite. "They're two different tools," he explains. "Typically with an open excavation, as long as it can be reached by a conveyor we use a conveyor. When you need to get concrete up to a second or third floor, we use a pump. We also use a pump for indoor jobs when we cannot get equipment inside or when we're pouring a radiant heat slab. Harsh or dry mixes can be easier for a conveyor, but when it comes to the harsh/dry mixes used for DOT bridge work, a contractor would choose a pump."-R.W.