95 YEARS STRONG

FAMILY-OWNED & OPERATED FOR 5 GENERATIONS

When Hammon T. Becken founded the company in 1927, he made sure the company was known for an intense work ethic, unwavering business integrity and a commitment to never cut corners but rather keep an eye on what lies around the next corner.

Our history reflects nearly a century of strong values, dedicated people and state-of-the-science technology committed to our products and services.

From the early days when sand was dug by hand and sold by the bushel, to today’s high-tech methods of producing quality ready mixed concrete and aggregates for an ever changing construction market, Cemstone has developed a tradition of consistent quality, proven performance and growth through innovation.

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BUILDING THE UPPER MIDWEST SINCE 1927

Enjoy a brief journey through some of the milestones that have shaped
our company and have helped us build the Upper Midwest the last 95 years.

1914

Hammon T. Becken (founder) started in the concrete block business with 1 horse drawn wagon.

1927

Concrete Materials and Manufactuing was incorporated under the name Cemstone (“Cement + Stone”) Products Company. Cemstone added the production of sand and gravel to manufacture concrete blocks.

1933

Thorwald Sr. Becken (2nd generation) started with the company.

1941

Transit Mix was formed. During WWII, Transit Mix (Cemstone) entered into the ready mix concrete business with 4 trucks and 1 plant to provide concrete to Steenberg Construction (St . Paul, MN) for the United States Air Force base in Grand Island, Nebraska.

1955

The signature “Cemstone blue” color was chosen for the ready mix truck fleet. Thorwald Sr. and Hammon (Tom) attended a convention in Chicago and decided to make the change from gray to “Cemstone blue” with white stripes and red bumpers.

1956

Handi-Crete® packaged concrete mix was introduced to the residential customer market.

1957

Hammon (Tom) Becken (3rd generation) started working for family business full-time.

1965

Cemstone expands its ready-mixed concrete into Wisconsin – Cemstone Ready Mix, Inc.

1972

Steve Becken (3rd generation) began working for Cemstone Ready Mix, Inc. in Western Wisconsin.

1976

Cemstone Products Company and Transit Mix merged to Cemstone Products Company.

1982

Thorwald W. Becken (4th generation) entered the
business.

1991

Timothy A. Becken (4th generation) joined the company.

1994

Cemstone Placing Division was established.

1996

Cemstone expanded its product offerings to include contract and masonry supply products. This division is now called Cemstone Supply.

2007

Cemstone Concrete Materials, LLC was established to produce and deliver ready mix in Southern Minnesota and Iowa.

2012

Cemstone receives the Charles Pankow Award for
Innovation for its custom-designed concrete used
on the new I-35W Bridge.

2015

Cemstone selected as a 2015 Minnesota Family
Business Award (MFBA) honoree by Finance &
Commerce.

2016

Amcon Concrete Products was acquired to expand
the company’s masonry production capabilities
bringing the company back to its original roots.

2017

Cemstone Concrete Materials expanded further into Central Iowa through the American Concrete acquisition. Cemstone celebrates 90 years at US Bank Stadium.

2020

Timothy Becken (4th generation) receives the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Robert Garbini Award.

Akona Manufacturing (Maple Plaine, Minnesota)
renamed Bluestone Products.

2021

Cemstone was presented with Excellence in Quality Award by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association for the 11th consecutive year. Additionally, the 5th generation of Beckens joined the company.