The Quikrete Companies Celebrates 80 Years

Older gentleman holding a bag of Quikrete.An industry pioneer known for its iconic and unmistakable yellow bag of concrete, The Quikrete Companies turns 80 on May 22. This historic milestone celebrates the journey from fledgling building materials supplier in Columbus, Ohio to the largest manufacturer of pre-blended, packaged concrete and cementitious  products in North America. On its 80th anniversary, The Quikrete Companies is a comprehensive building solutions powerhouse proudly contributing to the growth and health of our country’s structure and infrastructure every day.

“Following the vision of our founder, Gene Winchester, The Quikrete Companies remains true to its roots as the innovator of pre-blended materials that make building, repair and home improvement projects efficient, consistent and profitable,” said Will Magill, CEO of The Quikrete Companies. “Building on an unmatched network that allows us to provide products anywhere within 24 hours, we’ve diversified and strengthen our portfolio, manufacturing capabilities, quality control, technical expertise and geographic footprint to best serve the marketplace. This approach and a dedicated team of associates has allowed us to live up to being ‘What America’s Made Of’ for 80 years.”

Under the leadership of Winchester’s sons Jim, Jack and Dennis, who remain active Board members, The Quikrete Companies realized a transformational evolution grounded in developing, producing and delivering high-quality, commercial-grade materials that meet the demands of a constantly emerging industry. Started on the heels of a prosperous post-World War II economy that drove building across the country, The Quikrete Companies made trademark advancements in every decade, highlighted by:

1940s
The precursor to The Quikrete Companies, Maintenance Products Inc. was founded

1950s
First pre-blended, branded product called Gemaco Quikrete manufactured
Quikrete brand trademarked

1960s
Quikrete Hydraulic Water Stop introduced
Quikrete Do-It-Yourself with Packaged Concrete and Mortar Guide produced

1970s
Quikrete Quikwall Surface Bonding Cement introduced
20th Quikrete plant opened

1980s
Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete in the Red Bag introduced
Quikrete ad campaign starring Don Knotts launched

1990s
Quikrete Commercial Grade FastSet Products introduced
70th Quikrete plant opened

2000s
Quikrete Concrete Resurfacer introduced
Quikrete logo updated to current version

2010s
100th Quikrete plant opened
Quikrete acquires industry-leading companies in adjacent categories

Today, The Quikrete Companies is able to effectively serve its customers as a scalable, single source for commercial, residential and industrial building, repair and rehabilitation projects across North America. The Quikrete Companies includes:

  • Quikrete® – pre-blended, packaged concrete mortars, grouts, stuccos, and other related cementitious and repair products
  • Custom® Building Products – flooring preparation products, and tile and stone installation systems
  • Contech® Engineered Solutions – infrastructure solutions including stormwater management systems, corrugated metal and plastic pipe, erosion control, and bridge structures
  • Rinker Materials® – concrete pipe, concrete box culverts and related products for the collection, storage and controlled release of stormwater
  • Pavestone® – retaining walls, pavers, patios stones and other segmental concrete products serving the consumer retail market
  • Keystone® – concrete segmental retaining walls, concrete pavers and other hardscape products serving the commercial, residential and industrial markets
  • Best Block – architectural block, standard block, retaining walls, and masonry and concrete accessories
  • SPEC MIX® – pre-blended, packaged mortars, grouts and stuccos available in standard bags and 3,000-pound bulk bags delivered through silo systems
  • Premier® Building Solutions – high-performance sealants, adhesives, foams and flashing products for commercial, residential, industrial and transportation applications
  • QPR (Quality Pavement Repair) – permanent pavement repair and asphalt repair materials

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