When parents see their family growing faster than their income, they get innovative. In the case of Charlie and Pat Perrin, they made a decision in 1963 after the birth of their fourth child to start Perrin Asphalt Company, Inc., Akron, Ohio.
Pat bought Charlie his first pickup truck and sent him on his way. The business grew from sealcoating driveways to paving of driveways, parking lots and roadways. At the same time, their family grew from four to eight children. As it stands today, all eight children are involved in different aspects of the business. Currently, there are five grandchildren learning the trade. Perrin grew from five employees in 1963 to 85 employees in 2012.
In 2004, Perrin Concrete Services LLC opened its doors. In 2008, P K Crushing & Materials was established as a recycling facility. This facility was started due to the lack of available dump sites for broken asphalt and concrete excavated from job sites. P K Crushing & Materials purchased an Eagle 1200 crushing plant and started producing approximately 750 to 1,000 tons of usable aggregate products; therefore, they reduced the amount of waste in landfills.
Today, Perrin puts down approximately 150,000 gallons of sealer and approximately 100,000 tons of asphalt each year throughout Northeast Ohio. The crews mill up about 50,000 to 80,000 tons of millings a year and re-sell them in their yard.
To get that amount of millings, the company does its own asphalt milling and also provides grinding services to other asphalt paving contractors. The machines the Perrin team uses for milling include a Wirtgen W1900 and a Wirtgen Grinder W1200F.
The company recycles 100 percent of the used asphalt and concrete from job sites. They also accept this material from other contractors with no dumping fees, enabling them to reduce their costs. Materials produced at this facility are then sold back to the contractors at a lower cost than virgin aggregate materials.
Management is proud of everyone’s dedication to preserving the environment. Workers are encouraged to operate in as green a manner as possible. In their green efforts, Perrin participates in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program. Perrin asphalt has been working with asphalt producers, national and metro park districts implementing porous pavement in their asphalt surfaces to provide cost-effective pavements that provide storm water management systems. The crews completed the porous asphalt pavement at Nordonia High School, Monroe Falls Metro Park and the National Park District, among others.
The company takes the used oil from the equipment fleet to heat the garage bays. They also recycle all paper and cardboard products. They have switches throughout headquarters that automatically turn lights on and off as people enter or leave a room.
Perrin Asphalt participates in a number of certification and industry programs:
- Ohio Department of Transportation
- Summit County Better Business Bureau
- Subcontractors Association
- Builders Exchange
- Drug-free Workplace
- Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
- Construction Materials Recycling Association
In addition to programs that bolster business, Perrin works on programs that help the community as well, such as charity golf outings and other fund drives. One of the owners, Kim Hengle said, “We all feel fortunate to be able to work with our parents and each other to help grow the family business to what it has become today. This is a very exciting industry with room to expand.”
According to Pat and Charlie, “Work hard, respect those you work for and those who work for you, and nothing is beyond your reach.”