Opportunities on the Horizon

posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 in The Dirt

PAs the sun rises on a quintessential Midwest morning, Ryan Rietzke pauses to savor the moment. “It’s beautiful here,” he exults, breathing in the crisp, dawn air at a bustling jobsite in Kansas. “You can see everything, 360 degrees around. You can just take it all in. I really do enjoy it.”

Rietzke is the owner of CenCon of Kansas, a multigenerational family company based in Kensington that has successfully carved an impressive niche, tackling ambitious projects that support the growth of fiber and cell-phone infrastructure in the heart of the United States. At the same time, the company is mining the aggregate materials that fuel further area development and support local contractors.

The growing company still pays close attention to the small things. Trent Rietzke, Ryan’s son, begins each day by assessing what lies ahead: What obstacles could stand in our way today? And how do we make sure they don’t?

“My favorite time of the day is the morning,” he explains. “You can think about the rest of the day and see what you have in front of you. It’s the best time to assess those challenges.”

Looking on, his dad nods in knowing approval. “If you can’t solve the problems at a fast pace, you’re going to get left behind,” he says. “That just goes along with the job. If you’re not moving forward, you’re not making any money.”