Q&A with Dave Shmyr, owner of Dave’s Concrete

Dave Shmyr

How long have you been in business?
I’ve been in business for 37 years.

What type of projects you offer require permits, and are you the one who gets those or is the customer responsible for the permits?
All jobs require permits. The owner or general contractor will get the permit.

What is the biggest project to date that you have done?
The biggest project to date has been the Gordondale Community Hall.

Do you have to wear special safety gear and, if so, what do you wear?
Yes, we do – hard hat, masks, safety glasses, and steel-toed boots as well as fire retardant coveralls.

How many employees do you have?
We have 3-5 full time employees and some part-timers who are all sub-contractors, and they are all local businesses.

Do concrete projects always need rebar?
Most of the time they do, yes. But some don’t.

What will concrete stick to?
Concrete will stick to old concrete, mesh, rebar, gravel base and pavement.

Are there different types of concrete for different projects?
Yes, there are. There is Type 10 or Type 50 sulphate resisting cement. Then you have: 20 MPA, 25 MPA, 30 MPA, 35 MPA. 

How many projects can you accept at any given time? 
Several within reason.

How easy is it to work with concrete?
It is not that hard if you are organized and have a good crew and good service.

What is the average lifespan of concrete and what can one do to get the longest duration out of it?
If you are doing concrete properly – you reinforce it with rebar, base done properly, all done to code – then it can last anywhere from 20 years to a lifetime. I did a driveway in Spirit Rive 36 years ago that looks like it’s only a year old.

When you are not working, what can you be found doing?
I officiate minor hockey. I also enjoy playing slow-pitch ball, and I like tournament Walleye fishing, camping, hunting and spending time with family.


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