David Markwardt was 23 years old when he left the rodeo. He needed a way to make a living so he started striping parking lots. One day, he saw a crew laying asphalt and realized that he could do that as well. He bought an old 1974, 5 yard dump truck with a 366 engine, a one ton roller and started doing patch jobs, and then purchased a seal coat machine. His first big break came one day when he was approached by a general contractor who asked David if he’d work for him. The general contractor was responsible for all of the maintenance for the United States Post Offices in the tristate area. David was able to hire a couple of guys and started earning a residual income from maintaining post offices, which set the foundation to build his company upon.
He capitalized on his success by expanding into site work and concrete, adding to his fleet he started buying bigger equipment and started doing earthwork. In 2003 DDM Construction Corporation became the landlord developers for several auto auction companies. From there he’s been able to improve the company’s in-house capabilities, such as crushing their own materials on site, purchasing their own haul trucks, concrete trucks and volumetric mixers. These improvements were spurred by a need for a reliable source of concrete and materials. DDM Materials was formed. With their own concrete trucks, they started building mass turnkey site work projects and roadways and were able to build up a customer base because of the quality of our service and credibility.
David’s family has been a big part of both the creation of DDM Construction Corporation and its growth. In 1995 DDM Construction Corporation came to fruition.
In recent years David’s three sons have come to work in the family business. Each of them has brought their own unique talents. Zack, vice president, is innovative both in the office and in the field. He is working to update and modernize the company, streamlining operations and making them more efficient. Jake is the mechanical operations manager, he’s able to fix or fabricate just about anything, even in the field. Luke, the youngest, is a project superintendent with a passion and gift for operations.
DDM Construction Corporation has a commitment to hard work and building with integrity. These were instilled into the company’s fabric with the desire to take care of their families, employees, customers and their community.