History

History

<< Entrepreneurs: Wayne & Lisa Stephen, founders of Wayne Gravel Products and Little Lisa, Inc.
At Wayne Companies, we take pride in our sales team, drivers and crews. The customer is first and foremost in our business, and we are pleased to assist you with an experienced staff to handle all your needs. Wayne Paving began business in the spring of 1980. Like most businesses, it started out very small, with $5,000.00 cash, one single axle dump truck, a borrowed trailer, and two previously owned pickup trucks. In order to begin paving, Wayne borrowed $5,000 from the Bank of New York to purchase an American Roads paver and his first roller.

Within the next couple of years, Wayne started operating the business full-time, more inventories were purchased, and we began to serve more areas as we mobilized the equipment. Although the workload and revenue had continued to increase, it seemed as though profits were being eaten up by the rising cost of materials. It was at that time that Wayne began making plans for the production of his own materials. In 1983, Wayne made a down payment on the company’s current location in Shinglehouse, PA.
In 1985, the business revenue had continued to increase, and the Shinglehouse property was being prepared for non-coal, sand and gravel surface mining. A plant capable of crushing, screening, and washing the raw gravel deposits was purchased in the spring of 1986, while Wayne’s wife Lisa, joined him at the firm. In June of 1986, the final permit for a large non-coal, sand and gravel surface mining operation was obtained. Wayne Paving could now use its own materials for commercial paving jobs. This also allowed Wayne Gravel Products to have a retail commodity available to the public and municipal market.
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In 1996 Lisa Stephen expanded on the materials business by opening a ready mixed concrete operation, Little Lisa, Inc. dba Wayne Concrete. As part of the expansion, Wayne Concrete added operations in Coudersport, PA; Bradford, PA; Warren, PA; and Springville, NY. All plants are DOT approved, and each location also stocks construction supplies for retail sale. 

For all of your commercial, residential and industrial paving, gravel and concrete services, contact Wayne Companies today!
The next generation of the business is growing with the addition of Garret and Angelyn Stephen, children of Wayne and Lisa. Both siblings have worked part-time in the business since their teenage years. Angelyn remains part-time during the summer, while on break from her full-time job as a secondary educator. Garret has recently joined management full-time, and has immediately taken a strong leadership role. Garret comes to Wayne Companies with a Bachelor’s of Science in Construction Engineering and Management from Alfred State College, and 6 years experience in heavy highway construction with Keeler Construction in Albion, NY.

Efficiency, service, diversification and management are the keys to the business’s success. Wayne Paving & Gravel and Wayne Concrete have laid the groundwork to successfully move onward into the rest of the 21st Century.
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