The History of the Company

DECISIVENESS AND DETERMINATION

Sam Falbo, Sr. arrived at Ellis Island on December 1, 1922 legally Salvatore Falbo, age 19. He arrived on the passenger vessel Giuseppe Verdi with $35 headed for Lorain, Ohio.

 

In 1936, Sam secured his vendor's license with the State of Ohio for business as "landscaper/gardener". In the 1930's Sam was securing government contracts for landscaping and roadside improvements.

BOLD CHALLENGES

Falbo Construction Company was incorporated in 1948 by Sam Falbo, James Caferro, and Sam Pecora for the purposes of road, sewer and building construction.

 

In 1952, the company undertook the most challenging project the City of Lorain has ever attempted - installation of 625 feet of tunnel at a depth of 30 feet below the bottom of the Black River. Inside the tunnel, a 30-inch diameter sanitary sewer was installed to carry all of the sewage from the west side of Lorain to the new treatment plant being built on the east side of the river. Crews entered compression chambers before being lowered 60 feet down into the tunnel. Three crews worked around the clock to complete this dangerous project.

INNOVATION

Terminal Ready-Mix, Inc. was incorporated in 1954 by the same owners of Falbo Construction, but with the purposes of selling aggregates, producing ready-mixed concrete, and selling builders supplies. Sam's vision was to produce concrete cheaper than it was being done at existing facilities by innovating:

  • Use the river to purchase the highest quality aggregates via barge in bulk
  • Install a rail spur to purchase cement in bulk by the railcar and store the cement in a huge silo to avoid shortages and price increases
  • Load two mixers trucks at a time
  • Use the elevation of the property to gravity-feed the plant eliminating rehandling of material

DIVERSIFICATION

Sam expanded the business to include land development. He developed many acres in Lorain, Ohio for residential use. He partnered with Murello Builders to create quality affordable housing near churches, schools and parks. He created two major parks in the City of Lorain, Falbo Park and Central Park. Falbo Construction installed the sewers, waterlines and streets. And, of course, the concrete was supplied by Terminal Ready-Mix.

LEGACY

Sam and Ethel Falbo had seven children. All were involved in the family business. Sam, Jr., Teresa, Pasquale (Pat), Stanley, Diane, John, and Pete continued the business after their father's passing in 1987. Today, the family continues to provide "Quality and Service" in all of their endeavors.

Terminal Ready-Mix

524 Colorado Avenue

Lorain, Ohio 44052-2198

Phone (440) 288-1717

Fax (440) 288-3142