Klassen's father started their company in 1956. Randy took over the reins in 1986 when he finished his college education with a degree in education. Over the next five-year period, he switched the focus of their business from plain concrete flatwork to decorative concrete work. He is very proud of the fact that his dad still works with him at age 76, adapting and learning how to install some of the newer decorative techniques.
Today the company installs all forms of decorative concrete but much of it involves themed concrete designs, which they refer to as “concept” work. They employ a design professional to work with clients, providing “beginning to end” design packages. And they are willing to travel as far away from Winnipeg as needed to install work, having also completed projects at Saint Johns in the Caribbean, as well as in the United States.
For the Artistry demos, Klassen designed and built a themed area that included waterfalls, columns, and beams with colored and textured concrete surfaces everywhere—including concrete candles that worked.