TULSA, Okla. — A young construction business that specializes in driveways, sidewalks, and patios is struggling to keep their employees working amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Tulsa driveways is a local family owned business that started about three and a half years ago when the Nachbor family says they couldn’t get a quality contractor to do the work.
"It was just a frustrating process and I had been in construction for a while. So, I decided to go into business myself," Keith Nachbor, the owner of Tulsa Driveways. "I also just love to help people. So, this is a great way that I can do that."
Nachbor says they are usually busy around this time of year while weather is constantly changing.
“We’ve got sandy soil a lot here or clay soil a lot here and it expands and contracts the clay, the sandy soils washes out from underneath, creates a hollow point underneath and if the holes get big enough you have to get a tow truck to get,” Nachbor said.
Now is usually when driveways are worked on and inspected, but the COVID-19 pandemic has lead to many contracts the company had to be canceled.
“We’re down probably a little north of 50% in business," Nachbor said. "We’ve had stuff scheduled and we’ve had people call and just say I got furloughed or laid off or just flat out lost their job."
Nachbor says he won’t fire any of his employees because he knows how important each pay check is during this time. To help everyone stay employed, they are splitting up the jobs they do have between teams.
"I’m just trying to keep my people working and as busy as we can be," Nachbor said.
While times are tough, Nachbor is staying positive and hopeful.
“Oklahomans like I said are a very resilient people, we’re going to come back and we want to be here when we come back," Nachbor said. "We were great before and after all this we’re going to be even better."
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Nachbor says he won’t fire any of his employees because he knows how important each pay check is during this time.