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Founded In: 1979
Size: 50-99 Employees
Annual Vol: Undisclosed

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Litgen is the surname of Bill and George. Litgen Concrete Cutting & Coring Co. was originally established on February 26, 1979. Prior to that, they worked for the same construction company. At the time, Bill’s wife was pregnant with their fourth child. It was a tradition of his to grow a beard during each of his wife’s pregnancies. He was told by his boss to cut his beard or lose his job. He decided that he could find a job somewhere else. The following week George decided to quit his sales position. That same evening they decided they would lay it all on the line and start their own concrete cutting company. A month later, Brent Zanini decided to leave his position as a manager at a cutting company and join the team as a partner. That is how the Concrete Barbers were formed on March 14, 1979, and the company’s logo was established.

Bill and George both put themselves thru school cutting concrete. Bill as a civil engineering major, and George as finance major. Brent got into cutting concrete after gaining experience in the fire protection industry and in sales selling metals. The first Barbershop they worked out of was Brent’s garage and Bill’s basement. The first truck ever purchased was driven by George because that was his only mode of transportation. At that time, they were able to handle six jobs a day, morning and night. As they started to get busier, they then hired Mike O’Hara and Donny Ostby as concrete cutters. Both are still employed by the company today. The first salesman ever hired was Tom Gattas. He was part of the Chicago sales department at first, and then moved on to selling at the Wisconsin location. Tom recently retired after nearly 35 years of loyal service. He isn’t the only one either. Litgen has had many Concrete Barbers that have retired over the past few years after many years of service. All of the Concrete Barbers, past and present, have built Litgen Concrete Cutting & Coring Co. into the business it is today. It is the faithful and hard working employees that have enabled Litgen to be in business for over 35 years now. We now have second generation employees working, including George Litgen II, Joseph Litgen, and Rick Zanini. We would like to thank all of our employees and customers for making this dream possible. We understand that without all of you this wouldn’t be possible. We look forward to maintaining the cutting edge in our industry for years to come.

All of the Concrete Barbers desire to be the best concrete cutting company in the nation. We need and employ people that will uphold the family dream. We also know that without our loyal customers, the dream would die. This is why we strive to provide the best service possible. In order to provide that service, we employ the most highly trained concrete cutters in the industry, along with purchasing and maintaining the last and greatest concrete cutting equipment available. We even have our own in house mechanics that are constantly maintaining and even building some of this equipment in house. When you call into our office, you will be greeted by a person, not a machine. We are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will travel the globe to wherever you need us. No job is too big, and certainly no job is too small. We will do everything possible to earn your trust in our family name. At the end of the day that is all we have left. We look forward to providing you the service you have come to except for years to come.


The Concrete Barbers

What We Do

Products/Services Relating to Concrete Breaking, Sawing & Drilling
Products/Services Relating to Underground Utility Location, GPR
Products/Services Relating to Concrete Breaking & Cutting Equipment

Project Experience

Service Sector:
Public Private
Project Types:
Service Work/Repairs
Project Size:
Up to $20,000,000
Airport Runway
Civil & Site Development
Dams & Levies
Education (K-12)
School / College / University
Fire / Police Station
Gas Station
Golf Course
Hospital / Nursing Home
Hotel / Motel
Industrial Maintenance
Manufacturing Plant
Apartments & Condominiums
City / Town Hall
Office Building
Pre-Manufactured Structures
Power Generation & Distribution
Terminal - Airport / Bus / Railroad
Church / Synagogue
Retail Store
Road / Highway
Sewage / Water Treatment Plant
Jail / Prison
Theme Park
Arena / Stadium
Parking Garage
Club House / Community Center
Mixed Use
Historic Preservation
Secure and Shielded Facilities
Park / Playground
Storage Facility / Warehouse
Grocery Stores
Assisted Living
Single Family Residential
Renewable Energy
Design Build
Data Centers - Mission Critical
Lighting Retrofits
Auto Dealership / Service
Misc Project
Non-Building Construction
Athletic Field
Parking Lots
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Non-Residential Building
Animal Hospital / Kennel
Court House
Fitness Center
Medical Office
Post Office
Radio / Television Station
Residential Building
Tract Housing

Service Areas


Associations & Memberships

Member of ASA Chicago (Assn. of Subcontractors & Affiliates) ASA Chicago (Assn. of Subcontractors & Affiliates)
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