Ruston Paving Co., Inc.

History


1943 1965 1978 1993
1943 1965 1978 1993
Michael V. Ruston, Founder

In 1943, Mike Ruston pooled his resources to purchase a truck and roller, and formed Ruston Construction Co. in Syracuse, New York. Mike's pride, determination and hard work laid the foundation for Ruston Paving, establishing a company known for producing quality work at competitive prices.

Mike’s son, Larry, joined the company in 1965. Larry had recently graduated from Lemoyne College with a business degree and realized the opportunity to grow the family business. It was in 1967 that Larry incorporated Ruston Paving Co. Inc. in New York State and began to focus on commercial projects.

As the company began to grow, more equipment was needed. It was during this period that the company bought its first 10-wheel dump truck. This particular truck just happened to be light blue in color. When the company purchased a second truck, which was red, Larry wanted the trucks to be the same color. Since there were many contractors in the area that had red trucks, the new truck was painted the matching blue in an effort to differentiate Ruston Paving from its competition. From that point on, Ruston Paving has been committed to keeping a fresh coat of “Ruston Blue” on all of its equipment.

Early Ruston Blue Trucks

During the 1970’s, Larry chose to grow the business through geographic expansion as opposed to vertical integration, a strategy that continues to this day. The company began to expand its operating area by reaching out to other upstate New York markets. Further shifting its focus to commercial interests, Ruston Paving became a select contractor among many industries. While Larry continued with a focus on business development, Mike worked closely with the field establishing the strong work ethic that continues to be the backbone of our organization.

It was in the 1980’s that Larry Ruston’s son, Mark, followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps. In high school while working on Ruston Paving’s field crews, he gained an appreciation for the business and the hard work required to be successful. Continuing to work for the company while attending Clarkson University, Mark completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Management. He has since taken the reigns, further shaping Ruston Paving into a strong industry leader.

Ruston Paving Now

In the early 1990’s as Rochester, New York stood out and continued to produce a steady stream of work, the company established a presence in the area by opening its first satellite office. Then in 1997, Mark Ruston guided Ruston Paving’s growth into North Carolina. While earning his MBA at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kenan-Flagler Business School, an office was opened in Durham. More recently, Ruston Paving has established locations in Greensboro, North Carolina; Manassas, Virginia; Richmond, Virginia; and Watertown, New York.

By utilizing smart business practices and a common sense approach, Ruston Paving has continued its geographical growth strategy while focusing on commercial, industrial, and institutional clients. Now benefiting from three generations of leadership and six locations in New York, Virginia and North Carolina, Ruston Paving is recognized as an industry leader.


Visit our gallery to see some vintage photos from Ruston Paving's early days!



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