Concrete trucks are a welcome sign
From the mid-1990s through 2008 concrete trucks from Lycon, PAC, Churchill and Beloit Redi-Mix were as common on the road as late-model Cavaliers. They were everywhere! The rumble of a concrete truck meant growth - growth in industry, residential and commercial. After the economic mess that started in late 2008 the rumble and roll of the concrete trucks were absent for quite some time.
Four years later and I don't need an expert on Wall Street or a talking head on CNBC to tell me that the economic cloud is having a hard time lifting. There is one bright spot. Maybe a break in the clouds? I'm starting to see a few more trucks rolling down the road. I hadn't seen a concrete truck in over a year on my lunch break. In the past month they have been a consistent sight. On a trip north yesterday I saw a number of Lycon trucks making deliveries. I spotted a Churchill Concrete and Stone making a Saturday delivery a few weeks ago. That was unheard of just a year ago. It's not a magic bullet but this is a good sign.
Will our area ever get back to 'the way it was'? No. I know one of the owners of the mentioned concrete companies. The owner had to purchase equipment in early 2000s to keep up with delivery requests. The majority of that equipment has been mothballed since there isn't much resale value in used concrete trucks right now. Still, his business is hanging in there.
Am I planning my 401K moves based on concrete truck traffic? Of course not, but the view of a front discharge heading down the road is sure a sight for sore eyes.
Steve Knox was born, raised and landed back in Janesville. He encourages you to participate as he writes on Janesville and beyond as this Generation X guy supports his Janesville mission, global vision. Steve is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.