Constructing with concrete is not the easiest way to make a living. Frequently at three o'clock in the morning, it seems obviously to be the hardest. There is something about concrete however, which captures our spirit; I think it's a primordial urge for creating. As primitive man fashioned mud and sticks into his likeness and feeling of the universe perhaps we feel this same sense of creativity. This urge to transform the products of our mental processes into solid masses is the creativity that motivates us more than a base urge for economy. These are not simply the thoughts of a designer but of one who is partial to the actual building and constructing in concrete. This is what we do. While much has been written of homo sapiens, man the thinker, we belong to that group of homo sapiens known as homo faber, man the maker. We are essentially people who want to see a product result from our efforts. The history of concrete dates back earlier than the time of Christ, and its early use is best exemplified by the magnificent public works and civil engineering projects of Roman times. It is one of the most durable materials produced by man. The concrete construction methods of today represent many improvements over the past. Concrete is adaptable enough to have become the prevalent building material in both developed and developing nations. Even in the last 10 years the history of concrete has been innovative enough to overcome inflation and rising labor costs and to meet stricter quality controls. The strength of our industry lies in its diversity. It includes many family businesses. One of the beauties of concrete construction is that it's probably the last frontier for private entrepreneurs. The concrete contractor can pick the size of his jobs, whether placing sidewalks in suburbia or constructing 50 story buildings in downtown Miami. This capability of taking on all kinds of work makes the industry the one most capable of filling a diversity of needs. Concrete is used universally and in every way.