Rolling Mix Concrete (B.C.) Ltd.
John Paolucci, president of Rolling Mix Concrete (B.C.) Ltd. (Rolling Mix), gets a kick out of driving through downtown Prince George, British Columbia. “I love seeing our green and yellow trucks all over town and having people say they’ve seen them,” he says. “It brings me a great sense of pride.”
John’s father, Joe Paolucci, started the company in 1965, and Rolling Mix has remained a local, family-owned business since. Today John runs the company alongside his mother and sister, Paolina Paolucci and Joanne Gialleonardo, respectively, who are also co-owners. “We’re known for our quality and service and we always try to accommodate our customers and be flexible,” John says proudly.
Before the company’s founding, Joe saw an opportunity to bring a concrete, sand and gravel company to Prince George. “There was another Rolling Mix in Calgary,” explains John. “With the growth in the mill industry and the addition of new factories, my father thought it was a great opportunity for another Rolling Mix.” John followed in his father’s footsteps, joining the company fresh out of high school in 1986.
Pumping, Filling and Setting up Prince George
Today, Rolling Mix remains located in Prince George, but the operation has expanded far beyond the expectations of Joe and John. The company’s 40 skilled employees are now capable of traveling approximately 160 kilometers outside of the city, and Rolling Mix has the equipment to get each job done right. “We operate 12 mixers, three pump trucks and four gravel trucks,” adds John.
The company focuses on residential work; however, the team also competes in the commercial arena, as well. “We pump concrete, place landscaping materials and deliver sand, shale and gravel to all areas of Prince George,” shares John. “We do residential projects, such as driveways, patios, basements and home slabs, as well as commercial jobs from building construction, industrial applications and infrastructure replacement.”
The company’s work is evident throughout Prince George. The team has completed work at the UNBC University Hospital, the courthouse, the Parkwood Mall and the Kordyban Cancer Lodge.
“We’re also experienced in technically challenging, architectural and decorative concrete jobs,” says John. “We just started on the Wood and Innovation Centre in town. “The overall job is valued at $25 million and we’ve delivered 80 truckloads of concrete for the first Raft Slab.”
The Project that Keeps on Giving
But one of the projects that really hits close to home for the Rolling Mix team is at the Northland Dodge Motor Sports Park, a local race track. The new 720-foot stretch of concrete will guarantee the future of the drag strip is back on solid footing for fans and racers alike.
“When my brother-in-law, Dan Gialleonardo [co-owner], passed away last September from cancer, we agreed to donate the materials and labour to make the $300,000 project possible, because racing was one of his favourite pastimes,” reveals John. “We did the concrete for the starting line and first one-eighth mile on the quarter-mile racetrack and they named the starting line in honour of my brother-in-law. They even named the racetrack after Rolling Mix.”
The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) sanctioned track will be dubbed Rolling Mix Concrete Raceway in tribute to Joe who passed away in 1999. “My sister Joanne, Dan’s wife, loved the idea and that the whole concept of the project is to give back,” adds John.
The 6-inch deep concrete replaces a large section of broken, worn-out asphalt that was originally installed in the 1970s. According to John, approximately 100 loads of concrete were required to complete the job, which will significantly improve track conditions and safety for racers.
The company’s gift will keep on giving and bringing enjoyment to racing fans in addition to providing a source of funding for other local charities. “The whole concept of the Motorsport Park is perpetual giving, like a foundation or annuity,” shares racetrack owner Brent Marshall in a Prince George Citizen article. “You’ve got companies that are sponsoring and paying for the infrastructure for the different events, from vintage motorcycle oval racing to motocross and the proceeds go to five or six local charities they choose, so it will give back every year.”
Of course, John and the team are happy to help contribute. “The new concrete will allow the track to hold big NHRA events,” John adds. “We like to help the community as much as we can and we thought the project was a really good cause.”
John admits meaningful projects like this really make everything worthwhile, especially when times are tough. “We’ve really taken a beating from the economy in the last few years,” he reveals. “It’s tough to maintain our employees when the work is sparse. We’ve been relying on a solid network of repeat clients and our reputation in this community.”
Recession or not, 2015 will mark 50 years in business for Rolling Mix. John plans to continue the family-run company with the same customer care and attention that has allowed Rolling Mix Concrete (BC) Ltd. to achieve a trusted spot in the Prince George market.