It started back in 1966 when Ed Paramski and his brother bought a 'mom and pop' concrete business and named it Drake Concrete after the original owner, George. It wasn't long before their nephew, Jab, signed on, and with a set of used forms, some skilled carpentry, and old school work-ethic, the North Shore's custom concrete construction company was on its way.
In 1974, after graduating from high school and working as executive secretary for four years, Ed's daughter, Terri, brought her accounting and record-keeping skills into the office and organized the business end of Drake Concrete, Inc. so that it became a professionally run operation from top to bottom, filling the needs of the North Shore housing market.
By 1975, the work force had grown to eight and included foundation specialists and now a flatwork crew as well. Terri became pregnant with Ryan and needed a short leave of absence, leaving Ed with quite a few duties. Besides running the crews, he figured the plans, created the contracts, and with the help of his loving wife, Thelma, generated the billing and paid the bills. Fridays at 4:00 a.m., he would make out the payroll.
Finally, in December of 1975, Randy, a close family friend (and 24 year old kid needing a job) was volunteered to help out (or, as Ed said: "maybe we can teach the kid something"). Randy then learned the estimating and business aspect of the company as the work load continued to expand. As time went by, Drake Concrete grew into a very impressive custom concrete contractor, building the reputation we have today. Of course, as with any thriving business, there was a need for more administrative help. So, after having a second son, Terri returned to the office in 1981.
Fast-forward 30 years or so, and today, Ed has two grand-daughters, Laurel and Courtney, helping Terri with the secretarial work and Ryan (remember him?) has grown into the position that Ed has done and loved so much since the beginning. These days Ed comes in when he wants to, but for the most part, he leaves the day-to-day things to his family, trusting them to take care of his "baby".
If you call the office today, you'll recognize these names: Terri, Laurel or Courtney will likely be the pleasant voice you hear first. If you want a bid for work, it will be Randy calling you back. And when we begin to work with you on your project, Ryan will be the one making sure that everything you are counting on us to do for you is accomplished. So you can see that Drake Concrete, Inc. is truly a family business. Even Randy (who isn't even Polish) will tell you that Ed is his dad, a feeling shared, by the way, with all his employees, many of whom have been here 30 years or better.
We have also recently made quite a few adjustments. Since assuming Ed's role in 2006, Ryan has been very aggressive in pursuing other aspects of the construction industry previously not offered by Drake Concrete, Inc. so as to become a more full-service contractor. Please feel free to see samples on our "Services" page.