“If you look at my tax return, it literally lists me not as an executive, but as a ‘bridge builder,’” says Mark McCoy in a laughing manner. “It’s all I’ve ever done and all I’ve ever known. It’s all I’ve ever cared to do.”
McCoy literally grew up learning how to build bridges. His father, Robert L. McCoy, and two of Robert’s close friends started the bridge construction company in the early 1960s.
“My parents were very poor, but my dad and his partners worked really hard to build up the business. Eventually, one of the partners passed away and the other asked my father to buy him out, which he did. That’s when I put in my life savings and joined my father as a partner.”
Today, McCoy is listed as president of the company, though he doesn’t like to use titles.
“We were all raised that nobody is better than anybody else, so we just don’t use titles around here. My father would never ask anyone to do anything that he wouldn’t do. We try to keep the same values he had.”
McCoy’s son, Dan, has followed in his dad’s footsteps and has grown up on the job as well.
“He’s no different than me,” says McCoy. “This is his entire life. When Dan was younger, I was so busy, I would see Dan on the job with my father more than I would see him at home. That’s the beauty of it – my son was really raised by my father and has his values.”
R.L. McCoy is based in McCoy’s hometown of Columbia City. The company has a second office in Indianapolis.
“In the Fort Wayne area, we build bridges, like the MLK bridge and the first two bridges at Purdue University Fort Wayne. In Indianapolis, we pump concrete. We’re actually the largest concrete pumping company in the state of Indiana and maybe even a good part of the Midwest. Our folks in Indy have done most of the tall buildings downtown, including Lucas Oil Stadium. We pumped some 40,000 yards of concrete into that foundation.”
McCoy acknowledges the work his company does is heavy duty and rigorous. He says the business is very particular about who it hires – not just because of the demanding work, but perhaps more importantly, because of strong family values.
“One of the reasons my father went into business was because his previous job kept him on the road and away from his family. He said that just wasn’t right, so he always insisted that everyone working for him be able to go home at the end of the day. We think that’s why we attract the people we do. We hire good people and most people who come to work for us, never leave. That’s why we’ve grown to be as big as we are. It’s because of the people here and their families who are like family to us.”
Address: 7898 E. Lincolnway Columbia City, Indiana 46725
Phone: (800) 454-0502
Number of Employees: 100+
Products & Services: Bridge construction and concrete pumping