Name: Chad Buck
Company: Buck Brothers Asphalt Paving & Maintenance LLC
Location: Toledo, OH
Tell us about your company. How did you come to be in the pavement maintenance industry? How long have you been in business? What services do you offer?
The original Buck Asphalt Pavers Inc. was started in 1954 by my Great Grandfather and my Grandfather. I started in the business when I was around 13 years old working weekends and doing odd jobs around the shop. I remember my first sealing job was an American Legion post, and we sealed the parking lot by hand out of buckets. For the next week after, I couldn’t move my neck side to side because I was tuff and carried two buckets at a time pulling the muscles down both sides of my neck. Back then the company did mostly paving and sealed on occasion. Today we offer much more, we service anything that has to do with residential and commercial asphalt surfaces.
What is the key to your company's success? What sets you apart from your competitors? What do you do best?
Throughout the years the company has had many ups and downs. Before my grandfather’s departure he spent hours with me in conversation about the company’s past and all the problems with the family. He had many brothers and sisters whose children worked for the company including his own 4 boys and it became a struggle. My grandfather also spoke of the struggles with hard economic times and stated that the oil embargo in the early 1980’s nearly put them out of business. The company Buck Brothers was re-established in 1997 by my brother Brad and I. We have faced many struggles, and if I would have listened to my grandfather throughout those long conversations we could have avoided a lot of the complications we have faced. Now, we are older the egos are gone and we are humble. The one thing that I did take in from our conversations, and I believe is the key to our success, is "Remember to always do quality work be honest and never try to get rich off one job."
What make(s) and model(s) equipment do you use? What are the brands of your key products?
We take great pride in our equipment and believe it is a reflection of our work. Although we try to buy quality used equipment it often makes sense to buy something new such as our recent purchase of a new paver. In our area we can rent mostly anything we need if a piece of equipment brakes down, but unfortunately a paver is not one of them. We have purchased used pavers in the past and have not had good luck so this time we decided to go new.
What tips or suggestions do you have to help other contractors improve their business?
Speaking for myself, and I’m sure many others, there are many challenges in the paving industry such as dealing with fly by night companies and guys who think they are going to start a paving business and get rich quick. We had a situation last summer were a property management company wanted to award us a large project and wanted us start the following week. They wanted to only give us 13 days to complete the project or they were going to award the contract to an out of town company. I researched the out of town company and couldn’t find anything on them. They weren’t a registered business, and I passed this information along to the property management company and was awarded the project.
Do you have any growth plans you are willing to share for your company?