Traditionally, concrete parking lots have not competed well with asphalt, especially on an initial cost basis. Now new equipment and warranties are making life-cycle costs more attractive to customers. But no one is approaching this with as much zeal and success as Len Swederski, owner of Spring Grove, Ill.-based Swederski Concrete Construction.

Swederski is single-handedly converting the parking lots in his area from asphalt to concrete.