In 2013, Daigle Industries, LLC was formed by Ronnie and Vance Daigle as an independent trucking company to provide material haul services for R.J. Daigle & Sons. Daigle Industries has now expanded its operation to include material hauling services to outside parties in addition to handling the material haul requirements of R.J. Daigle & Sons.
Daigle Industries also formed a concrete division that provides product and services to the Commercial industry market, residential developers, the Petro-Chemical industry, parishes and municipalities throughout Southeast Louisiana, and industrial customers.
The company recognized the need for a better and more efficient manner in which to provide concrete services. With the use of volumetric technology, each pour provides the specific quantity desired, in the exact design mix requested. The process is more efficient, considerably more versatile, and provides a better return on investment than traditional drum mixing. The company set a goal of providing total control over concrete processing and passing the benefits along to our customers. Coupled with the use of advanced GPS technology in the field, our customers will always receive the very best concrete product, concrete services, and price.
Ronnie serves as the President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of R.J. Daigle & Sons and Daigle Industries. He has worked for R.J. Daigle and Sons his entire life. In 2004, after 27 years at the helm, R.J. Daigle retired. Ronnie, along with his brother Vance, retained ownership of the family business. In the 16 years since the brothers took over, they have consistently grown the company and the scope of the business. Although the core of the business has remained the same since day one, Ronnie and Vance have spearheaded the implementation of innovative technology in the concrete industry, and have developed an amazing cold asphalt patch product that is rapidly becoming an industry standard. As a 20-year resident of Ascension Parish, Ronnie believes in giving back to his community. He works tirelessly on numerous boards, trying to help shape the direction of area industry and business. Ronnie’s passion has always been for his family and for his clients. He believes that if you work diligently, communicate clearly and act consistently, you can be successful at anything.
Vance serves as Vice-President, Secretary Treasurer and Co-Chief Executive Officer of both R.J. Daigle & Sons and Daigle Industries. Taking up the role when his father retired in 2004, Vance and his brother took over the business after learning the business inside and out for 27 years. Vance is excited to be teaching the third generation of “Sons” everything that his father taught him, as well as a few new things he learned along the way. In 2009, Vance was selected by the Brothers of Sacred Heart to serve on the board at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. While on the board, he served on the subcommittee for new acquisition of land and development. He is also an advisor and active fundraiser for the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Along with his brother Ronnie, Vance is a member of the Louisiana Asphalt Paving Association. Vance is most proud of the 43 years his family has served New Orleans, Baton Rouge and surrounding area.
Nicholas is the COO for both R.J. Daigle & Sons Contractors and Daigle Industries LLC. Nicholas grew up in the company, working with every aspect of the firm throughout his high school summers and college breaks. He has operated in the field and the office, and was most recently the General Manager of both companies before moving up to his current position as COO. A 2010 graduate of the LSU, Nicholas studied with concentrations in Business Administration and Communication Studies. He graduated from the Leadership Ascension Class of 2016.
A Louisiana resident since 2005, Tony has been a member of the team since 2013, serving as CFO for both R.J. Daigle & Sons and Daigle Industries. Prior to coming to R.J. Daigle & Sons, Tony has worked in a variety of industries, from residential land development to investment banker, from small business owner to bank president. Through his wide range of experience across different industries, Tony’s financial knowledge is an invaluable strength to the companies. Tony is a graduate of the Robert O. Anderson School of Business at the University of New Mexico as well as various post-graduate banking schools. In his free time, Tony enjoys spending time with his wife of 47 years, Drue, their children and their grandchildren.
Tate is a 2004 Magna Cum Laude graduate of LSU with concentrations in Construction Management, Industrial Education, and Occupational Safety. He manages all R.J. Daigle & Sons projects. Before joining the R.J. Daigle & Sons team, Tate worked as a Project Engineer and Estimator for Basic Industries, Inc., a Contract Administrator for Keta Group, LLC, a Project Manager and Engineer for Block Construction, LLC and has worked for Shell Oil, Lion Oil, and Motiva Enterprises. He holds numerous contractor certifications and has been a member of the Town of Addis Council for the past four years.
A graduate of the LSU College of Engineering, Clay McKnight is the Chief Estimator for R.J. Daigle and Sons. Clay began his career with RJD during his college years and has been with the company since his graduation in 2009. Beginning as a field worker, he moved up to a project manager before ultimately transitioning into the role of Chief estimator. Thanks to his construction-centered work at LSU and work experience at all levels of the company, Clay has a broad background that allows him to diligently manage the estimate of all projects that come through RJD. Clay has numerous construction certifications and credentials, including being a Certified Traffic Control technician and supervisor and well as completion of the OSHA Construction Safety and Health Training programs.
Ethan is part of the third generation of R.J. Daigle and Sons/Daigle Industries. After completing 5 years at LSU working in Business Management. Ethan is taking a leadership role in our Concrete company, Daigle Industries immersing himself in our latest, innovative and technologically driven Mobile Mixers. He has been certified by ACI (American Concrete Industry) as a Field Technician and has completed Cemen Tech's "Operation and Maintenance Course" on C60 Volumetric Concrete trucks. In addition, Ethan believes he can honor his grandfather’s legacy by, working hard, treating people fairly, empowering key personnel and producing quality work.
After graduating from LSU in 2000, Louis pursued an 18 year career in Heavy Highway Construction with Primoris Services (formerly known as James Construction Group). During his tenure with Primoris, he started as a Field Engineer in Little Rock, AR. and achieved the level of Division Manager in Houston, TX. Over the trajectory of his career, he has had the opportunity to serve in managerial and operational capacities on a wide range of disciplines from site-work and drainage to roadway and bridge construction in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi. Those projects provided him the opportunity to work closely with and develop positive working relationships with numerous entities in the private and industrial sectors as well as state DOTs, FHWA and the USACE.
Having recently returned to Louisiana, Louis and Christina, his wife of 14 years, are excited to immerse their children in Louisiana life and the Cajun Culture.
Since the Soileaus have had the privilege of knowing the Daigles for many years, they are delighted and enthusiastic about seizing the opportunity for Louis to work with the Daigle Family Companies in achieving their goals.
Jeremy joined RJ Daigle & Sons in December 2017as a Site Superintendent with 15 plus years of Civil Earthwork Construction experience, he oversees Southern Lifestyle Development projects. Jeremy comes from Deville Construction where he managed day to day GPS operations, building 3D models of jobsite’s, performing quantity earthwork takeoffs, and preparing pricing for construction site bids.
He is a 2003 graduate of Louisiana State University. Jeremy spent his summers working for his father’s precision land leveling business. He credits everything he knows about the construction business to his father Greg. More significant to Jeremy, is his father taught him the importance of always conducting business in an ethical manner and to never sacrifice quality for quantity.
“I remember at the age of 12, taking over and driving one of my father’s brand new earthmoving machines. I was barely being able to see over the steering wheel, but it was at that moment that I fell in love with playing in the dirt and using the latest technologies to achieve the best possible finished product.”
After graduating college, he started his own business specializing in GPS Finish Grading/3D modeling in the civil earthwork market specializing in parking lots, building pads, and sport’s fields. His most memorable high-profile job was under contract with Deville Construction performing the finish grading on LSU’s New Alex Box Stadium playing field achieving grade tolerances of .03 hundredths of a foot.
Jeremy is excited to work for a progressively growing company that shares the same high quality and ethical values that he was brought up believing in. He has been married to the love of his life Andrea for 11 years and together they have two beautiful children Ava and Carter. His weekend activities consist of hunting, fishing, sporting activities, and worshipping with the family on Sunday mornings.
With a degree in accounting from Ohio State University, Vicky joined the company in 2013 as the Senior Accounting Assistant to the CFO. She handles accounts payable and human resources for both R.J. Daigle & Sons and Daigle Industries. CFO Tony Bull describes Vicky as the quiet, steady rock that holds everything down during a storm. Vicky’s calm and diligent work ethic ensures timely, accurate payment of employees and vendors in addition to employee records. Before moving to Baton Rouge in 1997, Vicky lived in Taipei, Taiwan for 11 years and she has three children with her husband of 35 years.
Shortly after graduating from St. Amant High School in 2004, Kayla joined the team as a receptionist after being hired by the company founder. Over the last 13 years, Kayla has worked in every aspect of accounting as it pertains to RJ Daigle & Sons and Daigle Industries. In her current role as Senior Assistant to the CFO, Kayla is in charge of billings and accounts receivable for both companies. Kayla has been married since 2008 and a mother since 2010 after the birth of her son. Considering herself the luckiest person alive, Kayla loves her family and working for such a great company.
Shanelle graduated from St. Amant High School in 2005. After a few years of working in the construction industry and loving what she did she earned her Associates Degree in Construction Management from BRCC. She is the proud dog mom of her rescue dog Onyx and loves spending time with her nieces and nephews in her spare time.
Chelsea is a Houston Native, and moved to Louisiana in 2013. She is a mother/step-mother to 5 children that keep her running from sport to sport. Chelsea has been working accounting for 18 years, but jumped into the construction industry after making her move to LA. Chelsea has worked both in the field and corporate setting to understand all angles of project accounting. Chelsea joined us in 2020 stepping into an accounts payable role for both RJ Daigle & Sons and Daigle Industries. In Chelsea’s free time she likes to travel, read, and works her skin care business.
Part of the third generation of R.J. Daigle and Sons, Colin is actively pursuing a degree in business management with a concentration in strategic leadership. While in school, Colin also works part-time, learning everything he can about the industry and company operations. Working to honor his grandfather’s legacy, Colin strives every day to work hard, treat others fairly, empower key personnel and produce quality work.