Baker Concrete & Excavating
Mike and Steve Baker are a great example of local entrepreneurship in Fayette County. Natives of Clermont, the brothers started small in the concrete business. With just a backhoe and trailer the business began with small driveway projects and concrete garage floors. Now, after about 18 years in the business, Baker Concrete operated with about 45 to 55 employees during the construction season, which typically runs from April through November, depending on the weather. The scope of Baker Concrete's services has grown over the years to meet the market's needs. In 2009, the company purchased another excavation company in Waverly to help expand their area of service. Most of the jobs handled by Baker Concrete are light commercial or government projects. Laying pipe, pouring concrete and lots of digging are the mainstays of the business. Baker Concrete isn't limited by these bigger projects and they still find time to do some house basements, sidewalks, decorative concrete applications and even trucking! Most of the company's work is done wight here in Iowa, within a 200 mile radius of Clermont.
Baker Concrete appreciated the hard working employees at the company and relies on some key staff members to keep everything running smoothly. Maureen Johnson is the long time Clermont Office Manager, and like the Bakers, is an active community member in Clermont. When asked what's great about living and working here in Northeast Iowa, Maureen pointed to the quality of life, "the area is a beautiful place to live." In addition to being a supportive community business, Baker Concrete is a family affair. Steve's son Shawn has joined the company as a project coordinator and Mike's son Blake does estimating and bidding for the company. As the construction season ramps up again this spring - watch for Baker Concrete to be hard at work in Northeast Iowa and beyond!