The Importance Of Family In The Paving Industry

The Importance Of Family In The Paving Industry

If you ask our team what makes us stand out, you will hear things like, “K&L is a second family and a camaraderie. We all click, and we all help each other. We can rely on every member of our team. We all look out for each other and unitedly stand behind our product.”

The depth of this kinship—and our dedication to providing only the best—is what makes us different.

K&L Industries is a family-owned and family-oriented company. We have been in the paving business since 1984, proudly serving the Portland Metropolitan Area, including Oregon City, Gresham, Wilsonville, Tualatin, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard, Sherwood, McMinnville, Vancouver, WA, Battle Ground, WA, and Woodburn, OR.

We built our family business from the ground up, and we bring the same dedication and approach to all our paving projects.

It’s in the Name

K&L Industries began as a business partnership between Keith and Les in 1984. “We went different directions, and that was perfectly fine for both of us,” Keith says. “But I kept the ‘L part,’ because my wife’s name is Lillian. It all worked out really well for all of us.”

Keith married Lillian in 1983, who’s fondly known as “mom of the universe,” shortly before partnering with Les. Lillian says, “I grew up in a family-owned contracting business, so contracting in self-employment and working hard is all that I know.”

These ingredients—family-owned contracting and hard work—would pave the way (pun intended) for K&L’s success for decades to come.

Keith Callaway Jr. is now a leading figure and owner at K&L, where he works hard alongside his family and a dedicated team.

Qualities of Our Family-owned Business

Our roots as a family-owned and family-oriented business have contributed to our success. Here are some qualities of K&L Industries that have helped us achieve greatness:

  • Our employees share long-term goals, visions, and values.
  • We are your neighborly paving company in Portland, and our commitment to our community keeps us accountable to all our clients.
  • We are community driven and take pride in building lasting relationships with our neighbors.
  • We respect our employees and encourage their personal and professional growth every day.
  • We strive to create a positive, welcoming work culture and job site.
  • Every team member sets out to transform lives.

“When people hear K&L, I want them to think of integrity,” Lillian Callaway says. “Integrity is a word that’s always been important to me, and that is what we as a company encourage in our crew. Every member on the crew understands that we care for them personally.”

A Unified Effort

The sense of community and kinship is the unifying force of our team. When we show up at a worksite, we come as a clan. We work knowledgeably, quickly, in good spirits, and with a precise attention to quality and detail.

“I learned how to respect my co-workers and boss,” our valued employee Freddie says. “I feel like I’ve grown and gained a lot. I learned how to show love to my family and people I don’t know. To trust in myself, to trust in others, and how to talk to other people… K&L helped me out with that. The culture of K&L is a great vibe. Great people to work with, great bosses, great co-workers. We’re like a family.”

See What Makes us Different

Are you looking for a trustworthy paving company that delivers top-notch results and communication at every step? Please call us today at 503-266-1130 or click here to receive a free quote!

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