Concrete Decor put the word out to CIM programs around the country to get testimonials from CIM graduates who have made good in the real world. Here’s one from a Spring Hill, Tenn., contractor.
“My name is Josh Cornwall, and I am partners with my father at Dusty and Sons Concrete LLC. I graduated from the CIM program at Middle Tennessee State University in December 2003. Our business is located in Middle Tennessee and we offer many different concrete services.
“We started our business in 1998 pouring cast-in-place concrete walls, basement slabs, broom-finish slabs, exposed pea-rock concrete and footings. While I was in the CIM program I learned a lot about decorative concrete and wanted to start stamping and acid staining. Once I graduated, we started to experiment with decorative concrete. Now we offer different stamping patterns, achieve colors by using color hardener or acid staining, and do engraving, cutting, exterior countertops and overlays. Our broad range of concrete services has kept our business alive during the downturn.”
Dusty and Sons won two 2011 Concrete Awards from the Tennessee Concrete Association, for Best Concrete Home and for Best Commercial Decorative Finishing (at Creekside at Three Rivers Assisted Living, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.)