Ozinga Has Been a Part of Chicago's Growth and Iconic Skyline for Generations
Dec 06, 2012
V/O (Marty Ozinga IV): In school we had an assignment that asked, you know, what do you want to do when you get older. First and foremost I think I wanted to be a White Sox player but when I realized that that wasn’t the case then I knew I wanted to drive an Ozinga truck and wear a Ozinga suit and I said at a very young age I’d like to be the boss. So…
This business is our family’s business. It’s a legacy that’s been passed down from generation to generation.
My great grandfather started this small coal and coke yard. It was 1928. It couldn’t have been at a worse time as it turns out. I mean the Great Depression set in about 18 months later. He almost lost it all but they made it, they survived.
Right now, this is our 83rd year in the ready mix concrete business. We’ve experienced the fruits of a really wonderful economy, a great economy that we can barely keep up with. Then 2008 set in and it brought some very difficult hard-times.
V/O (Aaron Ozinga): With the advent of the recession, the challenges have evolved significantly. Originally it was, how do we get this much concrete out? Where are we going to get enough trucks and enough drivers?
V/O (Marty Ozinga IV): Those are good challenges.
V/O (Aaron Ozinga): Yeah those are good challenges and the notion of what was hard has been turned upside down.
V/O (Marty Ozinga IV): A good banking relationship is that much more critical in a tough time and Bank of America stood by us and gave us a sense of confidence that they weren’t going to bail on us.
V/O (Scott Thick): Through that partnership we provided the capital that the company needed to operate on a daily basis and the company continued and did very well through Marty’s leadership.
V/O (Paul Ozinga): You go out and you see the city and watch these buildings and these projects progress…
V/O (Marty Ozinga IV): To see something as magnificent at Chicago skyline and know that you’re a small piece is very humbling.
V/O (Paul Ozinga): …all the way down to talking to homeowners, and their excitement about how their driveway looks.
V/O (Ozinga Employee): They care about their drivers, relationship with the customers; besides being family oriented I think that’s why Ozinga is as successful as it is.
V/O (Scott Thick): This company’s been around over 80 years, and we have the utmost confidence that they’re going to be around for another 80 years.
V/O (Marty Ozinga IV): Were excited to author another chapter as we look forward to the future and excited that Bank of America is with us along the way.
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