Between Oberwald and Martinach, there is likely no one who has not run into the concrete truck mixers with their red, white and green drums. This construction tool has also made Franz-Josef Volken's one-time, one-man business larger and larger since he started out in 1968 with just one Unimog. Behind the growth lies a clever development strategy, a lot of entrepreneurial instinct and always that decisive bit of luck. Back-to-back orders during the boom of the 1970s, steady acquisitions of gravel plants and the trade in fresh concrete allowed the company to constantly prosper. Thus, it survived the later oil crisis and expanded far beyond the Goms site. New companies were added and clever mergers paid off. Today, the Volken Group operates several gravel and concrete plants, its own pavement plant, various recycling sites and a landfill for inert materials. In the real estate sector, more than 200 apartments are currently under construction or in planning. The portfolio is balanced and also includes properties in the commercial sector, industry and vacation destinations.