About AJAX

Founded as a small asphalt paving company in 1951, Ajax has grown into a leader in the road construction industry and is one of the most sought after and expertly qualified paving contractors in Southeast Michigan and Florida.

Our success is the result of an unwavering adherence to the highest standards and best practices performed on every job along with a philosophy that views our employees as our most valuable asset. From small paving projects for commercial, residential or governmental developments to the largest highway jobs, to airport runway reconstruction, Ajax does not leave a job-site until we have exceeded our customer’s expectations.

In more than sixty-eight years of operation, we have paved thousands of miles of highways; repaved and reconstructed numerous race tracks and test track facilities for industry leaders including the Michigan International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway,Chrysler Group Chelsea and Chrysler Arizona proving grounds, General Motors, Ford Michigan Proving Ground;

and built the runways for major metropolitan airports including Detroit Metropolitan, Tampa International, Gerald R. Ford International and Fort Wayne International Airports.

Since 1951 when our founder Herb Jacob first opened his doors in Madison Heights, Michigan, Ajax continues to be a family-owned business that values employees and dedication to a job well done above all else. Today, that simple but powerful company philosophy, steers this multi-faceted, multi-state operation. With six ultra-modern, high capacity hot-mix asphalt plants and eight mobile concrete plants, we are the go-to company for high-end, high-spec asphalt and concrete paving projects, a leader in the Midwest for heavy highway construction, and one of a select few contractors in the country with the equipment and expertise to pave NASCAR sanctioned tracks.

We’ve been paving the way since 1951 with the right team, award-winning quality, exemplary safety practices and advanced technology for increased productivity. With a past as rich as this, it’s easy to see how the future is riding on Ajax.

Quality.
Safety.
Productivity.

We consider no job complete until it meets our standards for excellence and exceeds our customers’ highest expectations. Ajax Paving has received numerous awards for excellence, safety and innovation from the industry’s leading organizations.

TEAMWORK
INNOVATION
RISK TAKING
TEAMWORK
INNOVATION
RISK TAKING
HIGH ENERGY
HIGH ACHIEVEMENT
SENSE OF URGENCY
SAFE WORK PRACTICES

The Ajax Story

1951 to Today
Herbert H. Jacob established the Ajax Asphalt Paving Company on April 19, 1951 with their headquarters in Madison Heights, Michigan. The company enjoyed early successes servicing Detroit’s largest developers of shopping centers and neighborhoods. More than just an entrepreneur, Herb was also well aware of the power of marketing: He named the company Ajax so it would be the first listing in the phonebook. His business philosophy was simple but profound: Hire the best crew, provide them with the best tools to accomplish the job and use the highest quality asphalt products to provide his customers with unparalleled excellence on every job.
In just 10 years, rapid growth necessitated building the company’s first asphalt manufacturing plant, a 2.5-ton Standsteel brand asphalt plant that was erected on Sanders Street in Detroit. In 1963, Ajax purchased the J.C. Sachs Company, a Detroit-based concrete paving company. That investment bought not only equipment, but a team of experienced and dedicated employees. Soon after, Ajax was in a position to compete for larger public and private projects and in 1968, a second asphalt plant was erected in Auburn Hills, a city north of Detroit in rapidly growing Oakland County.
This decade saw their first expansion beyond southeast Michigan, with the acquisition of an asphalt company in Jackson, Michigan. In 1973, Ajax acquired the Detroit Asphalt Paving Company (founded in 1914), adding three additional asphalt plants in southeast Michigan. In the late 70s, they acquired other competitors, becoming the pre-eminent asphalt paving contractor and asphalt material supplier in the region. A new name was in order to better reflect the growing company’s expanded capacity and capabilities. The new name: Ajax Paving Industries, Inc.
The 1980s saw an expansion of operations into Florida. An asphalt plant was built in 1981 in the fast-growing community of Port Charlotte, Florida. A few years later, an additional asphalt plant was built in nearby Ft. Myers. Ajax continued to invest in upgrading to state-of-the-art asphalt drum mix plants with recycling capabilities. A forward-looking initiative was launched to expand the concrete paving division that resulted in the ability to produce major highway and airport projects.
Ajax continued to expand asphalt manufacturing facilities and paving crews throughout the Gulf Coast, including moving into the Tampa Bay market. Several major interstate highway and airport projects, completed on time, on-spec and on budget, positioned them as the premiere and preferred concrete paving contractors in Michigan, Florida and throughout the Midwest. The implementation of a university recruitment initiative for the Ajax leadership helped the company achieve these successes throughout the decade. Recruitment at top universities continues today.
Ajax greeted the new millennium with continued growth and expansion. In 2003, five asphalt plants were acquired. The concrete division completed a series of projects at the Wayne County Metropolitan Airport totaling $200 million, along with several other multi-million dollar contracts in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Florida. New strategic initiatives were implemented in Florida for a 100 percent increase in asphalt production capabilities and an A+ performance rating by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). In 2007 Ajax was awarded the “IROX Project”. A $430,000,000 paving project which was the largest of its kind ever awarded. The resulting completion of IROX was a success by all standards.
In the later part of the 2000 decade our country suffered through one of the worst recessions in United States history. Many companies did not survive or were severely crippled by the economic downturn. Yet we were able to make it through the troubling times while keeping our core workforce intact and our Balance Sheet strong. By 2012 we were on the upswing and exciting changes were happening. We purchased and expanded a liquid asphalt terminal facility allowing us to store and blend high quality liquid asphalt. We also increased our presence in the race and test track market enabling us to be the contractor of choice for precision specialty paving. Additionally we were part of the I-96 reconstruct project which received national awards for its excellence. As we finish out this decade and look to the next, Ajax is poised for continued success as we practice our core principles of Quality, Safety and Productivity.