2017-09-11 / Front Page

Local couple invests in hometown

BY STEVEN KOVAC
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Owner-operator Kevin Miller of KBM Concrete of Brown City at work on the firm’s new 5,900 squarefoot headquarters building at 7081 Maple Valley Road. 
Photo by Steven Kovac Owner-operator Kevin Miller of KBM Concrete of Brown City at work on the firm’s new 5,900 squarefoot headquarters building at 7081 Maple Valley Road. Photo by Steven Kovac BROWN CITY — Kevin and Julie Miller are committed to their hometown.

The couple, owners of KBM Concrete, could have built their company’s new headquarters building anywhere, but they chose Brown City.

The large cement block and frame structure is going up at 7081 Maple Valley Road, just south of Main Street.

In front is the 1,100 square-foot office portion of the new building. It is attached to the 4,800-squarefoot shop and warehouse portion.

Kevin is acting as the project’s general contractor, farming out much of the work

The facility is scheduled to be completed this fall.

“The nature of our business is such that most of the work we get is located in the large cities of southeast Michigan, like Detroit, Warren, Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor, even some in Port Huron,” said Kevin.

“For convenience, we could have located in one of the suburbs. But Julie and I decided long ago that we were going to live in and operate our business out of Brown City.

“Even though it involves a lot of driving, it has been worth it. I love the slower pace here. After work, I get away from the intense activity of the big city, all the traffic and noise. Once you get up here it’s all left behind you. Brown City is a great place to live and raise kids,” said Kevin.

KBM, which employs six people, builds concrete foundations and formed walls exclusively for the commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors.

Kevin, who had 20-plus years of experience working for other contractors before venturing out on his own, opened KBM during the height of the recession in 2009.

“In the beginning when things were really tough, if it wasn’t for Julie’s contribution and support, the business would have never gotten off the ground,” said Kevin. “Nor would we be expanding like we are without her. Today the economy is very good. We are extremely busy.”

Brown City born and bred, Julie, a massage therapist by profession who works in Flushing, also serves as Brown City mayor.

Kevin, 51, came to town as a small child in 1970. “I graduated Brown City High School in 1984. Julie in 1988,” said Kevin. “I’ve been married to Julie for 25 years. We put two daughters through our schools. One graduated from U of M, Ann Arbor, and works in the medical field. The other graduated from Central Michigan. She teaches first grade in North Branch. I think we turned out all right.”

Kevin and Julie are long-time members of the Brown City United Methodist Church.

The couple enjoys travelling to different countries. They have visited Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

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