Video: On the Job with Second-Generation Paving Company Owner


Allied Paving formed in 1993 in Garden Grove, California. Today it is a company with $10 million to $11 million in annual revenue and 35 employees performing asphalt paving, concrete work, grading and a variety of other services.

Roy Jeter and his wife, Barbara, started the company. After Roy passed away in 2010, his son Brandon Jeter stepped in to help run the business with his mother. The company’s work has evolved over the years, moving from fine grading and Caltrans jobs to now providing milling and paving work, typically working behind utility company installations. The company was named one of 12 finalists for Equipment World's Contractor of the Year Award. 

In the video above, Brandon Jeter discusses what it’s like to run a family-owned paving business.

The Equipment World Contractor of the Year program, now in its 23rd year, has been sponsored by Caterpillar since its inception. It recognizes contractors who display the highest standards of business acumen, equipment management expertise, attention to safety and community involvement.

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In 1993, my dad was actually working for a company called Union Paving, and he was the top salesman at that time and had been for a couple of years. And they ended up closing the doors, and then at that time, another salesman that worked along with my dad decided to start this business, Allied Paving.

I just like it because it's like you build something, you're building it from the ground up. We do work [inaudible 00:00:29] a lot of utility companies right now, [00:00:30] so they come in and do trenches. We work in the street a lot, and it has to be done in a timely manner, and you got to keep track of how it's going to be safe. And then after you get done doing it, you look back and you look at what you did for the day or the week's progress, and it's like a feeling of accomplishment.

And what I've kind of learned, and what's kind of different too, is just it's all about having your manpower. Even when it does get slow, you keep your guys busy because then you still have the opportunity and you have the manpower to get something done. [00:01:00] There's a lot of moving parts out there, too. You got trucks delivering asphalt, people backing up, and you got equipment around. I mean, it is a physical job, and so, I mean, trying to get good physical labor these days are kind of hard sometimes.

It's just like sometimes, too, like I said, it's just not always about making money. It's about keeping your guys busy, so, and you're keeping your customer happy, keeping your guys happy.