David Dausman left his job as a project manager at a general contractor to start his own company from the ground up. Working out of his basement with two employees, he started Superior Concrete Constructors in 1996.
By coming up through the ranks, Dausman relates to and solves problems his crew faces on the jobsite. He notes there is a major difference in ownership between contractors with $1 million in annual revenue and the guys with $25 million in annual revenue. Superior Concrete differentiates itself from the pack because it has the revenue of a larger contractor, but the attention to detail of a smaller contractor.
The contractor justified investing in robotic total stations after promises of huge returns on investment, that were realized. Superior Concrete became the first in the region to buy laser screeds after reading about it in Concrete Construction magazine. The contractor has done almost 80% of the new healthcare expansion projects in the area and plans to expand operations into heavy industrial plants.
With a culture that promotes strong family values and little employee turnover, the Superior family remains as strong as the concrete they pour. “There isn’t a man working at this company that I wouldn’t have at my dinner table, and that’s the truth,” says Dausman.