In 1965, the Osbornes decided it was time to start their own business, and they chose Romulus as home base. Charles Osborne, along with his sons, Dave (John Sr.) and Bruce, hauled concrete in their ready-mix trucks to companies in the surrounding area.
Together, Charles, Dave and Bruce bought a plot of land at Northline and Wayne Road and built a small, one-room building to run their business out of. In 1999, due to the expansion of Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the family built the facility where they are now, its larger space allowing them to revamp and increase production.
“I don’t know anyone who worked harder than my father and grandpa,” said John Osborne Jr., Dave’s son. “When my parents were first dating, my mom would ride in the truck with my dad as he would haul sand and gravel for the next day’s concrete production at night because that’s the only time she could see him.”
John and his two sisters have worked in the family business most of their lives. John was running equipment and working around the shop since he was just 10 years old. Today, Osborne Concrete is owned by John’s retired parents, while he and his sisters, Deanna and Dena, run the day-to-day operations. The family also owns and operates John D. Osborne Trucking, a fleet of gravel trains that delivers sand, gravel and road salt.
“My family thinks of Romulus as home because we’ve been in business here for so long and have come to call many of our customers friends,” John says. “Because of that, we try to be a good neighbor and support the community whenever possible.”
During the holiday season this past year, Osborne Concrete teamed up with Motor City Meats to create and distribute local and hand-made holiday food bundles. Together, the businesses distributed 50 large bundles to the school district, local churches and the Helping Hand Thrift Shop and Food Pantry. They are hoping to expand that program this year to help even more families in the community.
By providing meals to those in need, the Osborne family and the team at Motor City Meats demonstrated that even a pandemic can’t prevent the Romulus community from looking out for its own.
To learn more about Osborne Concrete, please visit http://www.osborne-inc.com.