90 YEARS STRONG
FAMILY-OWNED & OPERATED FOR 4 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.
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 90 years.
Hammon T Becken (first generation) started in the concrete block business. He owned one truck and one wagon.
Thorwarld W. Becken (second generation) started working for the company. The company was incorporated and named Cemstone (“Cement and Stone”). Cemstone also added the production of sand and gravel to manufacture concrete blocks.
During WWII, entered into Ready Mix concrete business with four trucks and one plant to provide concrete for the Air Force base in Grand Island, NE.
Hammon (Tom) Becken (third generation) started working for the family business. Tom also developed Handi-Crete, which is known today as TCC Materials.
Grew Ready-Mixed business to five plants and 50 trucks
The signature “Cemstone blue” color was chosen for the fleet.
Steve Becken (third generation) begins working for Cemstone Ready Mix, Inc. in Western Wisconsin.
Thorwald W. Becken (fourth generation) entered into the business.
Cemstone added a technical center in Saint Paul, MN. Today, this is known as The Lab.
Timothy Becken (fourth generation) joined the company.
Cemstone expanded its product offerings to include contractor and masonry supply products. This division is now called Cemstone Supply.
Cemstone received the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Excellence in Quality Award – Category A.
H.T. Becken, CEO of Cemstone, is awarded the William B. Allen Award. The William B Allen award is named for one of the industry’s most distinguished management consultants and plant-management veterans.
Cemstone received the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation for the I35W Bridge.
Cemstone was honored with the 2015 Minnesota Family Business Legacy Award from Twin Cities Business Magazine.
Cemstone was honored to be receive the Progress Minnesota Award from Finance & Commerce.