Oostburg Concrete named year’s ‘Economic Driver’

GORDON VELDBOOM GORDON VELDBOOM At its Annual Meeting on November 9, the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) presented its annual “Sheboygan County Economic Driver of the Year” Award to Gordy Veldboom, Owner of Oostburg Concrete and Field Tree Construction Management.

Upon accepting the award, Veldboom dedicated the award to family, friends, and to the exceptional 150 employees employed by Oostburg Concrete, as well as past employees that helped fuel the growth of the company.

The ‘Sheboygan County Economic Driver of the Year’ Award reflects the Veldboom family’s economic impact to the region. Veldboom’s vision has helped make the Village of Oostburg one of the fastest growing communities in the Sheboygan MSA, with growth of over 40% during the course of the past 35 years.

The company was founded in 1943 by the late Gordon Veldboom, Sr., and six partners. The firm started out with a few second-hand trucks and trailers and carrying forms on the back of trailers, wheelbarrows for moving concrete.

After starting his career at St. Paul-based Control Data Systems, Gordy returned to join the family business in 1968. Under his leadership, the company grew to over 150 employees and a portfolio of over 15 subdivisions and 700 residential and commercial developments. Today, Oostburg Concrete is one of the largest, poured-wall and masonry contractors in Wisconsin.

Gordy’s economic development drive is legendary. As his wife, Helen, relates, “Gordy can’t stand to see an empty building or vacant land. His first thought is always what might be placed there in order to deliver something Oostburg needs.” Along the way, he led the effort to replace the former high school with a shopping mall that includes the local Piggly Wiggly, laundromat, church, physical therapist and a Subway.

According to Dave Aldag, SCEDC Board Chair, “suffice to say that Gordy and Oostburg Concrete have helped place a tremendous foundation under many Sheboygan County homes and businesses alike. His leadership also helped with the development of the Oostburg downtown development, which is immaculate, as well as their business park, which is rapidly growing and helping fuel Oostburg’s population growth.”

Veldboom’s contributions have enshrined him among other visionary companies that have earned the SCEDC Economic Driver Award, which include leaders of Acuity, American Orthodontics, Bemis Manufacturing, Kohler Co., Sargento, and Vollrath Co.

Outgoing SCEDC board president Dave Aldag, President of Aldag-Honold Mechanical, Inc. was recognized for his years of leadership by incoming SCEDC board president Mark Cassidy, Vice-President for Operations at American Orthodontics.

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