Last updated on July 28th, 2020 at 11:48 am
How and when did the business get started?
Suburban Asphalt was founded on June 1, 1965 by brothers Terry Buss Sr. and Roger Buss. Jane “Spence” Buss, Terry’s wife, paid the bills and answered the phone for the company while raising their children. The company began by purchasing two used Chevy dump trucks for $500 each, a used tractor for grading, drag paver, and a roller. Terry and Roger could always be identified when on the road because of their love for driving El Camino’s. The company grew steadily over the years with the acquisition of additional equipment, hiring of key employees and family members along the way.
Where did the passion for starting a business come from?
Terry and Roger were entrepreneurs at a young age selling horseradish at the local area watering hole. While in high school, they worked as roofers to help pay their tuition to Pius High School. After high school, Terry Sr., the older of the two brothers, attended University of Wisconsin Milwaukee to pursue accounting. When he was not studying, Terry continued roofing with Roger up until he had a very scary fall from a roof. Luckily, he walked away from this incident with no broken bones but was burned by tar that fell from the roof on top of him. It was at that moment that Terry and Roger began to realize that maybe it was better to still work hard but to do it while on the ground.
What services does the company offer?
Suburban Asphalt is a true family business with many family connections throughout. Suburban Asphalt has expanded its services beyond asphalt paving to include grading, excavation, sealcoating, striping, concrete flatwork & curbing, storm sewer, drain tile, landscaping, and snowplowing. Suburban Asphalt is also very active within the community supporting local area youth groups, churches, schools, and organizations such as Make-A-Wish WI as well as many others.
What family members are currently involved in the business?
Terry and Roger have since retired after very impressive careers in the asphalt industry. Suburban Asphalt is now proud to be called a second-generation family owned & operated business with future plans to expand even further under the leadership of Terry Buss Jr. who has 36 years of experience with the company and Bob Picchiottino, Roger’s nephew, who has 47 years with the company.
11251 W Forest Home Ave • Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 425-5353 • suburbanasphalt.com