QUIKRETE is set in its ways. The company makes more than 200 dry-packaged cement and concrete products, including concrete mixes, mortar mixes, and stuccos, as well as sand and aggregates. The products are sold to do-it-yourself consumers and professional contractors. QUIKRETE also makes coatings and concrete repair products, including vinyl patching mixes and tubed crack sealers. the company operates about 95 manufacturing plants throughout North, South, and Central America; it also has a research and development center in Atlanta. Founded in 1940 by Gene Winchester, QUIKRETE is still owned and operated by the Winchester family.
Residential products allow homeowners to design their own exterior landscapes by laying their own bricks and stepping stones, creating walls, fences, walkways, and trellises, or repairing chipped concrete surfaces.
In addition to home use, QUICKRETE's concrete products have been used in building and renovating a variety of large projects, including the National Museum of the American Indian, Boston's Fenway Park, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Its structural repair products are used by government agencies such as the Colorado Department of Transportation to repair roads, bridges, runways, tunnels, and other infrastructure systems. QUIKRETE's special non-shrink grout products have recently been used in the construction of several wind farms.
QUIKRETE is quickly expanding its footprint in the Americas through acquisitions of such companies as dry-mix concrete producer Target Products, which serves Western Canada, a previously unchartered market. The 2008 acquisition boosted QUIKRETE's product offerings and also gave it capabilities to service the mining industry. In following year QUIKRETE expanded its pavement repair business when it bought Quality Pavement Repair (QPR), a division of Lafarge North America. QPR distributes cold-mix asphalt for pothole and roadway repair.
QUIKRETE tries to keep its product mix fresh by finding ways to incorporate recycled materials into its concrete. QUIKETE's "green concrete" contains recycled aggregates, fly ash, and slag cement. The product helped the company reach new markets along the West Coast. – less