Gotts: One of Milan’s oldest family owned businesses

Photo by Milan Eagle media

By Isabelle Schultz

Robins are returning, trees are budding and cement trucks are rolling as construction projects increase with our oncoming Michigan spring weather.
By mid-April, one of Milan’s oldest family owned businesses, Gotts Transit Mix, usually has its full fleet of trucks back on the road to construction sites in the area.
The local company was founded by Tom Gotts 61 years ago.
Upon graduating from high school, Gotts worked for several years with his father and uncle who were well known local builders.
Seizing an opportunity, the young entrepreneur bid on a project to build 13,000 running feet of cement curbing on Milan’s north side. Upon winning the contract young Gotts suddenly needed to hire a crew of workers and managed to finance a special cement truck through a local truck dealer.
The project went well and was noticed by area contractors who begin to contact him for their concrete needs. He soon hired three employees, bought an equipment location on Platt Road and, in 1957, named his new business Gotts Transit Mix. “Only logical,” he explained, “because the concrete was mixed as it traveled.”
According to Gotts, the company’s concrete mixture consists of finely ground limestone powder which is shipped in bags from Alpena to Wyandotte where it is picked up by the company’s trucks. Limestone gravel is trucked in from the Toledo area and sand is obtained from nearby Clinton sand pits. Unbelievably, as much as 500 tons of materials can be handled in a day.
Today, his three sons, John, Tim and Joel, and grandson Nick, oversee a crew of 18 employees, including two mechanics who keep the fleet of 18 trucks on the road. Cement is hauled to contractors in Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw counties.
“It’s been a good business,” said Gotts who retired five years ago, noting that he still manages to “Check in with the boys……Sometimes even twice a day.”

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