Addis Concrete’s crew of six primarily works on public works right-of-way jobs and residential driveways, such as this 250-foot-long x 9-foot-wide pour.
Credit: Addis Concrete Addis Concrete’s crew of six primarily works on public works right-of-way jobs and residential driveways, such as this 250-foot-long x 9-foot-wide pour.
 

When Victor Addis had a heart attack at age 37 it could have ended his construction career. Instead, it opened a new chapter. Unable to continue working on large commercial and industrial pours, Addis started doing sidewalk patches and other small jobs on his own and trained his son to help.

Gradually Addis took on larger jobs and needed more finishers. “It was hard to lure any to a small business so I went looking for at-risk young people,” he says. Kids who struggled to hold a job learned to ply a trade, adopt a work ethic, and turn their lives around. The fledgling crew tackled the sidewalks and driveway aprons for Cincinnati’s Spring Grove Village neighborhood, averaging 20 yards of tear-out and pour-back daily. It won a 2014 Best of Cincinnati Award and was a finalist in World of Concrete’s 2015 Crews that Rock contest.