Nov. 8, 1974, marked the end of a dream and the beginning of a reality. That was the day Martin Paving became incorporated. The new company’s goal was to meet a need in the community for a paving contractor that would do the very best job possible without shortcuts in workmanship or quality. This goal inspired the original company motto: "We can do it better because we care."
The operation began with Leon Martin as salesman and foreman of the paving crew and Clara Martin handling the office duties in the family’s home. Within a year, they were joined by their three sons, Jerold, Leon Roy, and Galen, who brought with them not only experience in the field but also a desire to carry out the company's goal of going the extra mile to be sure the customer receives the best possible service.
After outgrowing rented quarters in Ephrata, the company moved to a renovated building in Brickerville, but it eventually outgrew that facility, too. In order to accommodate more equipment as well as a workforce of more than 50 employees, a new building was built in 1987 in Brickerville.
The Martins have seen tremendous growth over the last 35 years. In 1987, the Martin Road Oil branch began. Martin Road Oil resurfaces roads that don't necessarily require a new coat of asphalt, including large areas that get heavy use, such as farmers' lanes, parking areas, and municipal roads. This operation has grown to include a computerized chipspreader and oil distributor to guarantee an accurate and clean job.
Martin Reclamation began in 1998 to take care of rehabilitating and strengthening failed roadways and parking lots. It started with one asphalt reclaimer and has since expanded to include a cement spreading truck and specialized compaction equipment.
In recent years, the third generation of Martins has become increasingly involved. Jerold Martin’s three sons, Justin, Jordan, and Joel, and Galen Martin’s three sons, Travis, Derek, and Austin, have all assumed roles within Martin Paving. Through it all, the company has continued its goal of offering the best paving job available. To do this, Martin Paving has grown to four full-time crews that cover the gamut, from small residential jobs to parking lots to entire developments, township roads, and prequalification to do state work. This is truly "Paving with a Promise" — a promise that you will get the best possible job.
Certainly, "The Lord has done great things for us, whereof we are glad." (Psalm 126:3)