Chances are if you’ve ever plied the expressways within a couple hours’ drive of Chicago, you’ve seen one of Ozinga Bros.’ trademark red-and-white candy-striped cement trucks. Ozinga trucks have been carrying materials to and from homes and job sites since the company was founded in 1928, and today has two thousand employees helping contractors out from Southeast Wisc., Central Ill., all across northern Indiana, and now in and around Miami.
What some may find most surprising, however, is that Ozinga has been led by the Ozinga family ever since the beginning. Justin Ozinga, now the fourth generation family member to be appointed president of the business, spoke with Missy Sherber, host of CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio, about the challenge of keeping a family business a family business, and how he is working already to move the company to its fifth generation.
“When my grandfather and his two brothers took over the business, World War II started, …