This year, Custom Concrete in Westfield is celebrating 50 years of business in Central Indiana.And while most builders and residents today are accustomed to seeing the blue and white Custom Concrete trucks and equipment on job sites or in transit during the morning or evening commute, the company we recognize is quite a bit different than how it started out back in 1969. To understand the business today and its longevity throughout the region, it’s helpful to go back in time to where it all began…

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Custom Concrete, central Indiana’s quality concrete contractor, recently acquired Triple Q Foundations, based in Lebanon, Ohio….

Twenty years ago, Amanda Burcham walked into the small but thriving Custom Concrete offices and started her day as a dispatcher. Hired directly by owner Tim Carr, she spent the majority of her time making sure crews knew where to go and what work needed to be done. Her desk was in a house-turned-office, and she knew every employee by name…

Many organizations tout a corporate ladder, positions employees can “create” for themselves and virtually unlimited opportunity within their structure. But they don’t provide a roadmap to the ladder or a path to success for team members who aren’t sure where they want to go (but know they don’t want to stay where they are forever). Not to mention, if they do have an organizational chart it just shows where everyone currently is—not where they could be and certainly not how to get there. That’s why Custom Concrete made the decision to become a destination employer, a place where people would want to work because they see and hear what it’s like to be on our team and witness the potential for real professional growth. To do that, our first task was to develop a destination workforce…

Many organizations tout a corporate ladder, positions employees can “create” for themselves and virtually unlimited opportunity within their structure. But they don’t provide a roadmap to the ladder or a path to success for team members who aren’t sure where they want to go (but know they don’t want to stay where they are forever). Not to mention, if they do have an organizational chart it just shows where everyone currently is—not where they could be and certainly not how to get there. That’s why Custom Concrete made the decision to become a destination employer, a place where people would want to work because they see and hear what it’s like to be on our team and witness the potential for real professional growth. To do that, our first task was to develop a destination workforce…

Here at Custom Concrete we believe in the power of the group. Whether it’s the team pouring the foundation on a job site or the group planning our annual Christmas Breakfast, we’re better when we work together. That’s one of the main reasons why we participate in workforce development initiatives in Central Indiana—because together we can make a bigger impact than we possibly could on our own…

When it comes to tenure, most companies don’t go around talking about it because they don’t have it. Gone are the days when people found a job and stayed there for thirty or forty years before retirement. A steady job used to mean something. It meant a hard day’s work was rewarded and recognized. And, over time, it became more than a job. It became a home. Something not only the employee became a part of but also their family…

Indiana Workforce Development

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question we often pose to young children and again when they are high school seniors or college students. The answers tend to vary as we get older. From garbage truck drivers and police officers to teachers and doctors, our ambitions change as we grow. Recently, we featured a blog post by a newly hired Custom Concrete employee, Jeff Wheeler, who never wavered from his dream to work with heavy equipment. And while people like Jeff exist, and we’re certainly thankful for them, they are rare. All too often we depend on the advice of the folks around us to help us mold an idea of what our ambition should be and before you know it, the dream of being a plumber is replaced and forgotten…

Indiana Workforce Development

Earlier this year, the Chicago Tribune published a story that shocked many Americans who were concerned about unemployment but most companies in the Midwest were all too familiar with, “… the problem isn’t China. It’s too many jobs.” At a time when national political conversation was pointing the finger at jobs being shipped overseas to countries like China, where labor is cheaper, the Tribune highlighted a reality we’re all too familiar with at Custom Concrete…

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Some kids dream of becoming doctors, teachers or police officers. But I dreamed of learning and working with heavy equipment as far back as I can remember. I guess you could say mud and engine oil have been in my blood for a very long time…