COLUMBIA — On a quiet Tuesday afternoon in a southwest Columbia neighborhood, the only noises came from the construction of new houses in the Copperstone subdivision.
Some houses already had walls up, but concrete contractor Joe Hibbs and the workers of Hibbs Flatwork were hard at work on the foundation for another.
"I've been pouring concrete since I was 18 years old, because when you're 18, you don't know what you're gonna do," he said.
Hibbs, 46, said he wanted to join the armed forces, but the "guidelines were tighter back then," so he had to find something else to do. He then started working under other construction companies, all of which he said were "good teachers."
Hibbs started his own company, Hibbs Flatwork, 14 years ago and has been building houses throughout Columbia since. He has been working on the house on Frontgate Drive with his employees Donny Ash, Tony McGee and Daryl Heater.
This is the first house Hibbs Flatwork has worked on in the Copperstone neighborhood.
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