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Lang to serve as WSCC commencement speaker

Local business leader and entrepreneur Damian Lang will address the Washington State Community College (WSCC) class of 2021 at its commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Marietta College Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.

Lang was born and raised in Waterford, Ohio. After high school, he set his sights on achieving his dream of starting a business. Less than a year later, in 1985, he launched Lang Masonry. From the beginning, he recognized the value of supporting his community and made it his priority to hire local workers.

The company grew and shifted its focus from residential to commercial, industrial, and institutional projects. While the name of the business changed to Lang Masonry Contractors, Inc, the close-knit, small-town spirit remained a constant part of the company culture. In fact, many of the employees who were a part of the original crew are still with the company today.

In 1998, Lang founded EZ Grout Corporation. Developed as a sister company to Lang Masonry, EZ Grout provides labor-saving equipment to the masonry business. Today, the equipment he designed is considered the industry standard and is used on job sites across the country.

By 2003, Lang Masonry had grown into one of the top masonry contracting businesses in the United States. Through high productivity standards and the dedication of the employees, the company was grossing $8 million annually. That same year he wrote his first book, “Rewarding and Challenging Employees: For Profit in Masonry.”

In February 2018, for a lifetime of achievements and dedication to the masonry industry, Lang was inducted into the Masonry Hall of Fame at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas. At 54 years old, he is one of the youngest in history to receive the Hall of Fame honor.

Today, Lang is the CEO of five successful companies that are among some of the largest employers in southeast Ohio. He is respected and influential in the masonry industry and remains an active member of his community.

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