St. Marys man started concrete construction business in 2013
By Pat Payton
“You might as well do it right the first time and make the customer happy.”
That’s the motto at Red Rock Construction, owner Dale Levy emphasizes.
“We aren’t the cheapest, I’ll guarantee that, but we focus on doing a good job that will give you longevity,” Levy said in a recent interview with the Independent. “We stand behind our work.”
The St. Marys business specializes in concrete driveways, walkways, patios, front entrances and steps — general improvements or additions to homes and properties.
“Basically, anything around the house that you can think of,” says Levy, who has been in the construction business for over 20 years. He started Red Rock in March of 2013, and long-time friend Derek Shackleton joined forces with Levy about a year later.
The two men had worked together for another company before venturing out on their own. “Derek’s got about 14 years experience in this line of work,” Levy says. “When I began working for myself, I started focusing on doing residential stuff.”
Red Rock does mostly outdoor jobs in the summer and indoor jobs in the winter, Levy says.
“Basically from May to September, I focus generally on residential. Through the winter months, from November to March, we kind of revert back to what we started doing, commercial stuff, working in factories and mostly indoor work. We’ve done jobs for Perth County Ingredients, the Super-Pufft Foods plant and McKinley Hatchery here in town. It’s nice to keep the guys working in the winter.”
Levy says he sometimes hires extra people for a job when required. “We can usually run with three people, no problem.” A new employee is Rhett O’Hara.
“Derek and I roll along pretty well for two older guys,” Levy said with a laugh. “We do a pretty decent volume of work for two guys. We’ve poured jobs that normally you’d have four or five guys doing. We know what has to be done and we just get it done.”
Laid exposed aggregate
Red Rock recently completed a job at River Valley Golf and Country Club. They laid exposed aggregate–a decorative concrete–on the patio, just outside the ‘Grand Hall’ — an impressive new addition to the golf club.
Last week at Scott Graham’s St. Marys residence, Red Rock knocked down a shed, where a new 28 ft. by 28 ft. garage will be built. Levy and company will do all the concrete work.
Levy says Red Rock mainly does jobs within a one-hour radius around St. Marys. They recently did work in Crediton and London, for example.
A new addition to the business is a mini-excavator, which can be used in a variety of different jobs such as digging holes, making small trenches or general landscaping work. A small John Deere tractor is also used to move concrete, stone or earth.
To contact Red Rock Construction about a job or for more information, call Dale at 226-927-9361.