MARK LOIZEAUX (USA) President Controlled Demolition
PINC.9 SPEAKER: MARK LOIZEAUX
Back in the 1940s, Baltimore tree care contractor, Jack Loizeaux, realized that dynamite was the easiest way to pre-loosen the stumps of trees that had died from Dutch elm disease. It became his specialty, and, before long, Loizeaux was asked to blast rock and then chimneys, which he controlled by treating them like brick or concrete trees. That work led to the explosives felling of bridges and eventually buildings as well. When the explosives demolition business financially outstripped tree removal and rock blasting, Loizeaux founded Controlled Demolition Inc., a company that today has brought down no fewer than 7.000 structures worldwide.
The multimillion-dollar business was taken over by Jack's sons Mark and Doug in the 1980’s, and some of his grandchildren now work for the company as well. “One of the reasons this is a closely knit, immediate and Corporate family business is that anybody in a building we are preparing to take down is capable of taking all our lives with one mistake at any point in time. There needs to be a high level of trust,” said Mark Loizeaux, in a recent interview.
The current president of CDI knows the risks of his job. He lost much of his hearing and was injured in 1973, when surplus dynamite exploded during disposal following a project.
CDI has taken down some of the largest buildings in the world. However, explosives operations only account for 15 percent of the company’s business. Other activities include the traditional dismantling of buildings and the demolition of biological and chemical weapons production facilities, including the weapons and missiles themselves. In 2002, CDI was closely involved as a Consultant in the Ground Zero cleanup operation in New York.
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