Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: The crew at Yentsch’s Concrete pose in front of the new Taylor Freeze building they’ve been working at.
By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – Specializing in both commercial and residential projects, Yentsch’s Concrete services southeastern Arizona for concrete needs stretching from large foundational slabs and curbing for businesses to a stained and stamped patio for a home.
Owner and operator Richie Yentsch has worked in concrete most of his life, first learning the trade from his ex-father-in-law.
“When I was 16-years-old, I was dating his daughter,” Richie Yentsch said. “He taught me the trade 40 years ago.”
Yentsch got licensed and opened his own business in 2005 and now has his own crew of eight who handle their projects. They previously poured the foundation for the Optimal Health Centre in Pima and are just finishing up their job at the new super-sized Taylor Freeze just south of Safford.
On Friday, the Gila Herald caught up with the crew as it poured the final rear section outside of the restaurant.
For the Taylor Freeze job, Yentsch’s Concrete poured the foundation for the 3,000-square-foot restaurant and diamond-cut the lobby’s concrete into large sections for the flooring. The crew also poured a 1,200-square-foot stained and stamped concrete patio for outdoor dining, a large slab for special events out front, and all the curbing to aid in water flow to the business’s water retention area.
Based in Safford at 555 W. John Ln., Yentsch’s Concrete can be reached on its Facebook page or by calling (928) 428-7190.
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