Back in the 1970s, Paul and his brother, Richard, were building homes together in Washington State.
Paul recalls, “We were working on a sidewalk and it was getting away from us, so a friend who worked with concrete came over to lend us a hand. We were sweating our way through the job when we said, ‘There has to be a better way to do this,’ to which our friend replied, ‘There is. It’s called a slipform machine.’”
It wasn’t long before Paul and his brother bought a slipform machine of their own and started pouring driveways, curbs, gutters and sidewalks full-time. In 1987, they moved their business to Odessa, Texas, and started pouring barrier walls for the Texas Highway Department.
With the ever-expanding road system, there was a lot of good business, but the farther you got from a town, the harder it was to get concrete to the job site. There was a shortage of concrete plants, and sometimes you had to wait several weeks to get your order filled. So Paul decided to hand over the slipform paving business to his brother and invest in a portable concrete plant. This allowed them to set up and pour concrete in virtually any location. They could follow roadwork hundreds of miles from town and still provide fresh concrete.
Eventually, Paul relocated to Burleson in 1997 with his portable plant, and established a concrete business in one location. In 2008 a second plant was opened in Midlothian. Today, Liquid-Stone Concrete is still providing ready-to-pour concrete services in and around the south side of the DFW Metroplex.