Great Lakes fixture warms to rebounding Florida market

One of the top ready mixed concrete operators in Chicago and neighboring Great Lakes markets is bringing its production, fleet management and customer service competencies to South Florida. Mokena, Ill.-based Ozinga Bros. Inc. has opened a charter plant in Miami, eyeing residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure projects.

Drivers mustered in Lakeland, Fla., early last month to deliver 20 of the initial 30 Kenworth T880-mounted McNeilus 10.5-yd. paver mixers to the Miami plant. Ozinga Florida plans a formal flagship plant opening in April. PHOTOS: Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete

“We are committed to South Florida and look forward to creating new jobs and generating tax revenue that will provide a boost to the overall economy for many years to come,” says Marty Ozinga, president. “This investment will not only strengthen the local construction sector and create good-paying manufacturing jobs for residents, but it will also have a multiplier effect on the regional economy.”

“The arrival of Ozinga highlights the growth we’re experiencing in the area,” adds City of Miami Commissioner Wifredo Gort. “The investment in the facility and the jobs it will create serve as a catalyst for economic growth as well as a positive sign for South Florida’s economy.”

Ozinga Florida’s inaugural site has a high-efficiency batch plant and a 30-mixer fleet of 10.5-yd. paver models, mounted on Kenworth T880s and equipped with aluminum chutes; Verifi slump monitoring and management devices; plus, safety features such as backup cameras and Smart Witness forward-facing cameras.

Concrete industry and South Florida market veterans leading the new business are Vice President and General Manager Jose F. Diaz, Jr.; Vice President of Business Development Pepe Diaz; and, Vice President of Sales J.C. Calleiro. They are recruiting drivers, sales staff, operations managers, quality control technicians, dispatchers, mechanics and maintenance personnel, offering candidates “a fulfilling work experience, competitive salaries, healthcare benefits and retirement plans that are second to none.” Ozinga Florida staff join a company with a 1,500-plus payroll and proven track record of safe and responsible operations serving Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan.