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Perrin Asphalt & Concrete Co. Inc.: A Family-owned, -operated and -oriented Company

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Charles H. Perrin worked at an asphalt paving company at the time of the arrival of his fifth child. Hoping to provide nothing but the best for each of the Perrin children, Charlie’s wife, Pat, seized the opportunity to fill a critical gap in the market. Pat purchased a pickup truck and convinced Charlie to put his asphalt paving skills to work resealing driveways and parking lots on his own to supplement the family’s income. Charlie’s employer didn’t offer asphalt-resealing services and before any of the Perrins knew it, the sideline business Perrin Asphalt & Concrete Co. Inc. (PAC) became a thriving enterprise of its own. PAC remains a family-owned, -operated and -oriented company even 50 years after its founding in 1963.

A total of 13 Perrin family members continue to oversee PAC’s operations, and the family-oriented atmosphere ensures the team works together to deliver an end result worthy of the Perrin seal of approval. “We have an amazing and highly experienced team, which is why we just don’t cut corners,” asserts Kim Perrin-Hengle, part owner of PAC. Kim joined PAC over 22 years ago, witnessing the growth from a small family-owned company to a thriving and multitalented family-oriented paving and concrete specialty contractor.

PAC maintains headquarters in Akron, Ohio, in order to serve clients across the northeastern portion of the state. For the right customers, PAC’s 90 employees will travel farther, though the bulk of PAC’s work is concentrated within the greater Akron area. PAC’s team represents a mix of concrete and asphalt specialists who provide clients with a consolidated source for both concrete and asphalt paving and resurfacing services.

Taking Chances

As luck would have it, the Perrins seem to have been born with an ingrained entrepreneurial spirit and an eye for the most advantageous opportunities. The company always pursued growth in such a way so as not to compromise either reputation or relationships with clients, suppliers and subcontractors. The company folded in ancillary specialties over the years, which today include asphalt milling, marking, porous asphalt paving, curbing and drainage installation.

PAC also specializes in performing marking services related to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Clients can trust PAC crews with performing all of the services needed to bring a facility up to compliance, including installing sidewalk ramps and the truncated domes that inform the visually impaired of an intersection ahead. PAC will also space and appropriately mark parking spaces and crosswalks to the ADA’s exact requirements.

PAC launched PK Crushing and Materials (PK Crushing) in 2008 as a sister company to oversee the growing need for pavement crushing, milling, demolition and recycling services. The company embraced recycling early in the interests of economy. PAC began recycling cardboard and paper early on and heating its corporate headquarters with the spent oil from its fleet of trucks. Expanding with a standalone recycling division was only natural, considering the massive amounts of concrete and asphalt produced over time. PK Crushing recycles 100 percent of all asphalt and concrete removed from site, and accepts materials from other contractors in the area as well.

Thinking Ahead

The materials are then crushed and reused as aggregate to build new roads, parking lots, patios and driveways. PAC puts these capabilities to good use when pursuing LEED certification on a project and often in concert with its porous asphalt paving capabilities, which also contribute towards the LEED rating system. In many cases, asphalt and concrete recycling services contribute significantly toward the overall percentage of building materials diverted from landfills, and as an added bonus recycling often costs less than disposal and can help PAC keep its pricing competitive in the market place.

The company’s clients run the gamut of residential, industrial, commercial, institutional and public-sector entities. “We recently completed work building a retention pond for a local church in Copley, Ohio, in 2012 as well,” adds Kim. Some of PAC’s larger projects include Goodyear Blimp’s headquarters, the Akron Public School system and the J.M. Smucker Company, based in Orrville, Ohio. However, the company welcomes requests for jobs of any size. The team at PAC will provide asphalt-paving services for tennis courts, driveways and recreation facilities. PAC welcomes requests to install rain gardens and bio-retention ponds to reduce storm water runoff and flooding, as well.

According to Kim, PAC will continue to pursue growth by focusing on the company’s core competencies in asphalt and concrete paving, while promoting the sustainable aspects of PAC’s various arms. The company continues to reuse spent truck oil to heat its garage bays and the Perrin family remains involved at all levels of the company. No matter where growth opportunities arise, the Perrin family and the dedicated team of professionals at PAC will work to ensure Perrin Asphalt & Concrete Co. Inc. remains the family-oriented paving contractor of choice in northeast Ohio.

Published on: March 15, 2013

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