Barney Paskiet

Message to the Team - August 2018

In 1968, Barney Paskiet began Ohio Ceiling and Partition Company as a small lath and plastering company in Toledo, Ohio. Barney was a lather by trade, with a thorough understanding of the construction process. His hands-on, “get-it-done” personality, natural business instinct, and genuine love for the work are to thank for the thriving business we all recognize today as OCP Contractors.

Initially, Barney’s passion for people and community introduced OCP to small commercial jobs and even residential jobs within the Toledo area. After repeated project success, the opportunity to work on high-profile jobs became standard within the business. With each show of skilled workmanship, OCP’s reputation grew into the commercial market allowing for expansion into northeast and central Ohio.

As I know my words can only go so far in explaining the great man that Barney was, I reached out to other long-term employees that knew and worked with Barney and asked them to express what they would write about Barney given the opportunity. The following are their remarks:

Many thanks to the great man who started it all, our founder, Barney Paskiet!

Pam Hepburn, Vice President

“I was always amazed at how many people Barney knew. He was a relationship business person, not a transactional business person. He cared about us like family. He even remembered my kid’s names and often asked about them. He told me he was glad when I quit smoking because I wouldn’t die as quickly (yes, he said it exactly like that!). On the business side, Barney’s projects averaged 28% gross profit! He always had a unique way of doing things so we used to call him the “red bead.” We always joked that other people could get away with doing things their own way too, if their projects averaged 28%!”

Doug Manore, Purchasing Manager

“When I think of Barney, the following come to mind; he was passionate and compassionate. Christian. A family man. A father figure to many. He stood by a handshake and his word. He was innovative. Hands-on and not afraid to tackle any project. He always rewarded you for hard work, and spread the wealth. He would never hold a grudge.”

Matt Vander Hooven, OCP Toledo General Manager

“Barney was always a man of his word. He consistently questioned if there was a better way to complete a task. He had a mind like a steel trap, although he never did get my name right. He also had a sense of humor, he once compared 100 year old concrete to being as hard as Kelsey’s nuts. To him, we were all family, so he wasn’t afraid to unbuckle and re-tuck his shirt, in front of everyone.”

Jeff Feller, Superintendent

“The way he treated people and the way he ran his company was a direct reflection of the fact that he was a Christian. You also knew that he was a true family man. Barney was always thinking outside the box and would push those around him to do the same. Barney was such a great teacher. He could have told you just do it this way, but he didn’t, he took the time to teach. He had a way of making you figure out the best way for yourself to perform a task, so that it stuck with you then. He would never turn down any type of work or project. Barney always wanted our customers to know that OCP could do it all and do it all great. He never even needed a full set of prints to build off of. Any piece of paper or napkin would work just fine. Even though he looked so serious and was stern a lot of the time, I never heard anyone speak badly about him. He was well respected by everyone who worked for him or around him. That even included our competitors. Barney was so well-known and respected that you never even had to say his last name.”

A few more thoughts from the team…

“Barney was a family man with 6 kids and a dog. He was an entrepreneur and businessman, who was always kicking butt. He loved sports, especially golf and fishing (he even kept a pole in his car at all times). Due to Barney's hard work often times in the evenings Barney could be found sleeping on the couch. Barney was so loved and respected that he had over 800 attend his memorial service.”