A HUMBLE BEGINNING
Alfred Strack and his brother, Bill, had an ordinary start hauling potatoes and watermelon as truck drivers out of Necedah, Wisconsin. In 1948, grading was on the rise in the south and when they recognized the potential in Atlanta, they moved down to Georgia.
The Strack brothers wasted no time, co-signed on a D6 Dozer, and started Strack Grading Company. Their first jobs were subbed from Scott Hudgins, a major Atlanta developer, and Mullins Brothers Paving in East Point.
Ten years later, competition continued to grow in the grading business, yet Strack Grading Company was only bringing in five dollars an hour with the D6 Dozer and an operator. That is when they decided to pursue projects in pipeline work, where there was less competition and much greater earning potential.
Still working in partnership with Mullins Brothers Paving, Alfred began his work in pipeline by laying drainage through Little Five Points, now one of Atlanta’s hippest, most eclectic neighborhoods. When one of the inspectors on this project commented, “I’ve never seen a grading guy that can lay sewer,” it awakened Strack Grading Company to its potential and began pursuing steps to build a business that would integrate pipeline and grading work.
Family Business goes Incorporated
Joe began working by shoveling dirt into ditches after pipe was laid, unloading clay pipe by hand, and joining pipes using jute and tar, all at the young age of ten. By the time he was fourteen years old, Joe was already an operator. He graduated from College Park High School in 1969 and continued his education at Southern Tech, studying Industrial Engineering and Management.
In 1979, Alfred and Joe decided to incorporate, and changed their company name to Strack, Inc.
THROUGH THE YEARS
In 1993, 12-year-old Jonathan Strack, Joe’s son, began working as a laborer for Strack, Inc. He would mix cement, work as a bank man, and cut pipe. He made it onto the payroll a year later, around the same time Strack, Inc. added a Clearing Division in 1995.
Jonathan continued as a laborer, pipelayer, and then operator throughout his college career at Southern Polytechnic State University. He ran a crew for a few years after he finished at SPSU in 2002 Four years later he was named Vice President and seven years after that, Jonathan Strack became the President of Strack, Inc.
By 2017, Strack, Inc. made an effort to diversify and came full circle to its original roots when it added a new Grading Division. The Grading Division is now the largest division in the company.
Today, Strack Inc. employs over 420 people with an equipment inventory of over 315 pieces, not including vehicles and operates with annual revenue in excess of $120 million.