On March 2, 2018, Ozinga celebrated its 90th anniversary as a family-owned and operated business. Martin Ozinga Sr. started the company in 1928 as a single horse-and-buggy operation in Evergreen Park, Ill., but it grew into a leading provider of concrete, aggregate materials, and energy solutions in multiple states with a network of barges, boats, rail, and its well-known red-and-white-striped concrete mixers, which pay tribute to the stripes on the American flag.
Ozinga started out as a small coal and coke yard and transitioned to producing ready-mix concrete in the 1950s, which became its predominant product. The company passed from one generation to another, and during the third generation’s ownership, it supplied concrete for Comiskey Park (now Guaranteed Rate Field), Dan Ryan Expressway, and Soldier Field, among many other notable Chicago projects. When the fourth-generation took over in 2012, they expanded their product and service offerings with technology, logistics, and green initiatives at the forefront.
Today, Ozinga is owned and operated by six brothers and a first cousin who all serve as company executives. They are making plans for the fifth generation to take ownership one day and continue the company’s legacy.
“We as the fourth generation of ownership feel so privileged to steward this amazing company alongside our dedicated coworkers,” said President Marty Ozinga IV in a press release. “We are deeply grateful for our heritage and all of those who have entrusted us with the opportunity to serve them. We are as excited as we ever have been as we look forward to many more years to come.”