County Materials Donates to Pulaski School District Sporting Complex

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County Materials Donates to Pulaski School District Sporting Complex

County Materials Corporation has donated concrete masonry units towards the Pulaski Community School District’s Red Raider Field of Dreams baseball and softball complex, which is Phase II of the overall Field of Dreams project. The Field of Dreams is a venture to completely overhaul the 40-year-old athletic facilities used by the Community School District and provide access to new quality athletic facilities.

“We are grateful for the generous support from County Materials for Phase II of the Field of Dreams project, said PHS athletic director and Field of Dreams Steering Committee member Janel Batten.  “This donation helps push us closer to our goal,” she added.

The project’s goal is to increase field availability for the many community teams and to improve safety for the players. Quality athletic facilities is an essential part of the experience for student athletes, which is also a determining factor for many new families looking for a community to call home. The school district also hopes to host special Olympic programs at their new state-of-the-art facilities.

The $2.2 million fundraising goal for Phase I of the project was met in 2016 with fundraising for Phase II beginning later that year. Phase I of the project includes a football and soccer field with a synthetic surface, new track and field areas, a plaza, band bleachers, a new press box, new viewing bleachers and restrooms at their Saputo Stadium. Phase II will include two baseball fields, two softball fields, three new tennis courts, and multiple practice fields. The Pulaski School District plans to complete Phase II by September 2018.

County Materials is proud to partner on the project because of the company’s commitment to support the communities where it has locations.


County Materials Congratulates 2018 Ready-Mix Design Award Recipients

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County Materials Congratulates 2018 Ready-Mix Design Award Recipients

County Materials is pleased to congratulate the winners of the Wisconsin Ready-Mix Association’s 36th Annual Concrete Design Awards. The Concrete Design Awards are part of a prestigious program showcasing best uses of ready-mixed concrete in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

A panel of construction professionals selected entries based on use of ready-mix, engineering design skill, unique design demands, aesthetics, construction techniques and challenges, and integration to the site. Contractors for the award-winning projects were honored at the WRMCA Concrete Design Award Ceremony on Friday, March 16th, at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

County Materials supplied ready-mix in five of the award-winning projects. The following projects received recognition and were supplied by County Materials:

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Lewis Construction of Schofield, Wis., was recognized in the North Central Region category for their workon the parking lot at the new Hilton Garden Inn, in Wausau, Wis. Ready-mix from County Materials was selected for this project for its strength, ease of maintenance, lower lifecycle cost, and light reflectivity. Ready-mix covers approximately 60,000 sq. ft. of the parking lot and was also used to create curbs and decorative planting beds.

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Alchemy Concrete of Nelsonville, Wis., was awarded in the Decorative Residential Category for their impressive work on a residential patio and pool area. The homeowners of this project chose stamped and colored ready-mix for their backyard patio after witnessing the impressive performance and look of their radiant heated driveway, which was also created with ready-mix. Alchemy Concrete was awarded for their skill in constructing the project’s many different features and overall aesthetic look of the finished project.

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Lewis Construction of Schofield, Wis., was also recognized for their work on the Investors Community Bank parking lot, located in Stevens Point, Wis. This project utilized 2,550 yards of concrete for its 300-foot long driveway and parking lot. The project was recognized for its many aesthetic features, such as planting squares, that help integrate the project to its surrounding natural area.

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RMJ Construction LLC of Wausau, Wis., received a Special Merit Award in the Decorative Commercial category, for their work on Sconni’s Alehouse and Eatery of Scofield, Wis. RMJ Construction was awarded for their excellent work on using ready-mix to match the rustic feel of the restaurant. The project feature’s integrally colored and stamped concrete that mirrors the look of wood plank. The contractor went a step further by staining the cured concrete for additional color blends, which even further transformed the ready-mix into realistic looking wooden planks.

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Boldt of Appleton, Wis, received an award in the Municipal Infrastructure category for their work on the Grandfather Falls Dam located in Tomahawk, Wis. Ready-mix was used to create a headwall and three massive footings that hold new penstocks in place. The project was awarded for its impressive quantity of ready-mix, and the contractor’s and supplier’s strict adherence to the required mix-design.

County Materials extends our regards to all the winners and participants in this year’s concrete design awards.


County Materials Supports Construction Industry Training with Concrete Pipe Donation

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County Materials Supports Construction Industry Training with Concrete Pipe Donation

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Watch the concrete pipe in action on our YouTube Page.

Hundreds of operating engineers and construction professionals are receiving hands-on training, thanks to arecent donation of pipe and precast structures from County Materials Corporation. Using these concrete products, trainees at the Wisconsin Operating Engineers Local 139, in Coloma Wis., are better prepared to work safely and efficiently through real-world training exercises.

The Local 139 Operating Engineers apprenticeship program is one of the largest of its kind in North America, training more than 200 workers per day to operate heavy machinery. The organization’s mission is to train workers across the state to create safer job site conditions and reduce injuries. Their Joseph J. Goetz training site in Coloma, Wis. gives workers access to nearly 400 acres to hone their skills.

In February 2018, County Materials delivered 48 reinforced concrete pipes, two manhole bases, two manhole risers and two manhole cones. The donated precast structures are primarily used in the organization’s Advanced Sewer and Excavation Courses, where trainees work to excavate, install, and remove the structures in exercises modeled after real construction projects.

“By having materials here, we can create real-life situations that the members will be actually doing in the field. It’s instrumental to a trainee’s success in finding a job, performing their job well, and maintaining safety,” said Ken Miller, an instructor for the Local 139. “We can’t say thank you enough for these donations and County Materials’ commitment to the industry.”


Master Precaster Certification Earned by Two County Materials Employees

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Master Precaster Certification Earned by Two County Materials Employees

Matt Bever, Operations Manager at County Materials’ Rib Falls, Wis. pipe plant and John T. Sonnentag, Plant Supervisor at County Materials’ pipe plant in Maxwell, Ind., have earned the industry’s prestigious Master Precaster designation. They received their awards at the National Precast Concrete Association’s Precast Show 2018 on February 22nd, in Denver, Col.

The Master Precaster certificate program is comprised of precast and prestress-specific training with education courses on production, safety, technology, quality control and leadership. The program was developed in conjunction with industry experts, producers, Departments of Transportation and academia. Industry professionals who attend the course gain a comprehensive knowledge of the entire production process and the fundamentals necessary to succeed in the industry.

“Being recognized as a Master Precaster is a major accomplishment, and one that requires a great deal of commitment,” Said Ty Gable, president of the NPCA. “Although the path is arduous, nothing is more important than ensuring that precast quality and production employees are equipped with the right tools, resources and knowledge to be successful in the workforce. We are very proud of the Master Precaster class of 2018.”

To become a Master Precaster, students must complete six NPCA Precast University Courses totaling 89 hours that consist of six topics spread across three Production and Quality school levels. Notable topics include batching and mixing for precast concrete, water-cement ratios, forklift operations, precast maturity methods, reading and understanding blueprints, basics of design theory for concrete elements, and improving employee performance.

“The core curriculum of Precast University is aligned with the values of County Materials, which helped reinforce our own commitments to quality,” said Bever. “In addition, the courses addressed and helped prepare us for the many situations precast professionals can face on a daily basis. It was not only an honor for me to be involved, but great to see County Materials investing in its employees.”

Bever and Sonnentag are the first County Materials’ employee to complete the program. They were joined by 32 other Master Precaster graduates from across the nation in this year’s class. The certification was first made available in 2012 and now has 105 active Master Precasters.


County Materials Recognized for Three 2018 Excellence in Hardscape Awards

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County Materials Recognized for Three 2018 Excellence in Hardscape Awards

County Materials Corporation is proud to announce three hardscape projects were recognized at the 2018 Excellence in Hardscape Awards gala hosted at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wis., on February 21, 2018. The Wisconsin Masonry Alliance’s award program recognizes and creates awareness about hardscape materials and showcases landscape professionals who creatively implement hardscaping in their projects.

A panel of industry judges selected projects based on their overall excellence of design, creativity, functionality, selection and quality of materials, installation techniques craftsmanship and overall appearance. The innovation and quality of hardscape products manufactured by County Materials stood out from the crowd and received three of the prestigious awards.

In the Best Structural Retaining Wall Commercial Application over 2,500 Sq. ft. category, Silver went to Ascension Medical Group in Wausau, Wis. This project featured several massive retaining walls built with Rib Rock™ Landscape Block, manufactured by County Materials. The large size of Rib Rock units was vital in addressing the site’s aggressive slopes and helped accelerate construction time. This impressive wall project was installed by Big Bull Retaining Wall Systems, LLC, Wausau, Wis.

In the Best Permeable Paver Commercial Application, a Silver award went to Community First Credit Union for their parking lot constructed with Harmony Permeable Pavers™ manufactured by County Materials. Harmony Permeable Pavers provided an appealing looking parking lot that also offers effective storm water management on site. The 31,000 sq. ft. parking lot was mechanically laid by Aqua Paving of Yorkville Illinois.

In the Best Driveway category, the Fairview Road Residence received a Bronze award. The expansive drive port and driveway were created with County Materials’ Grand Milestone Pavers™ and Elements Paving Stones™. Concrete pavers were selected for this project as a long-lasting replacement to the heavily cracked asphalt previously onsite and to match the classic aesthetics of the home. This elegant application of pavers was installed by EMC2 Landscaping LLC of Hebron Ill.


County Materials Partners with High School Class Working to Fill the Skilled Labor Gap

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County Materials Partners with High School Class Working to Fill the Skilled Labor Gap

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As a Technology Education teacher in Marathon High School, John Vanderwyst knew he was uniquely suited to address the shortage of skilled workers facing the construction and manufacturing industries by giving his students hands-on experience in the classroom and giving them insight about the many career opportunities that exist. 

According to the US Department of Labor, skilled labor positions, such as construction and manufacturing jobs are growing in demand faster than any other occupation and are facing a massive shortage of workers. When preparing his 2017 courses, Vanderwyst began partnering with local companies and contractors to visit his classroom for lessons in their trade and to supply the materials and tools necessary to build a mock home from the ground up.

“The goal of the class is to get students exposed to the trades,” said Vanderwyst. “This is an opportunity for them to see if it is the direction they want to go and also get them some entry level experience.”

The mock home includes masonry, framing, heating, electrical and plumbing. Vanderwyst approached Steve Peter, an architectural sales representative with County Materials Corporation about supplying the masonry needed for the class. “We know there is a shortage of skilled laborers, which is exactly why we decided to jump on board with the project,” said Peter. “The shortage of skilled labor is state and nationwide. Not only are the technical education teachers beginning to see the importance of introducing kids to the trades—the guidance counselors, principals, superintendents and even parents are realizing these jobs are rewarding and well paying.”

County Materials supplied all the necessary aspects of building a masonry structure including structural gray block, Heritage Collection™ Designer Concrete Brick, mortar, sand, weeps mortar net and wall ties, as well as the necessary tools such as trowels and strikers. Peter visited the class several times to teach the students about the tools, masonry construction, and the benefits of being a mason.

Over the three-month course the students were able to go from an empty space on their shop class floor, to a fully functioning structure that nearly reached the classroom’s ceiling.

“I hope this is only the start of what will generate into a continued class, not only here but in high schools across the state,” Peter reflected.

Vanderwyst is proud of how the class went, and excited about the opportunity to keep the partnerships he developed going for future classes. “I just want to thank all of those involved in making this possible. County Materials, Van Ert Electric, Marathon Plumbing Service, Larry Meyer Construction, Lang Masonry, and Hurtis Heating & Air all were important partners. I think a career in the trades is a route to success; this class made my students aware of what is out there for them after they graduate.”


Production Upgrades Enhance Burnished Masonry Quality, Shorten Lead Times

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Production Upgrades Enhance Burnished Masonry Quality, Shorten Lead Times

For more than 70 years, County Materials Corporation has been a leader in concrete masonry manufacturing. We are continuing that tradition by implementing the best technologies, researching new manufacturing techniques, and investing in equipment upgrades. In 2018, we have made major upgrades to our Premier Ultra® Burnished Masonry Units production line. We completed these upgrades to offer customers a consistent finished burnished masonry product with reduced lead times that meet increased demand in the market.

We evaluated every stage of burnished production from raw materials to the finished product, making upgrades every step of the way. The installation of a new block machines allows us to produce a denser block for enhanced strength and a better grind for sought-after aesthetic surface finishes.

We also automated processes for loading and unloading finished units from the line. This automation improves our work environment for employees, and ensures a more effective method for our plant operators to focus on the quality of every unit produced.

With these upgrades, County Materials has opened the door to a wide range of capabilities. We are committed to meeting our customer’s expectations by offering shorter lead times and producing the highest quality burnished masonry product.

Learn more about our burnished masonry line on our product page.


The Height of Efficiency with Rib Rock Landscape Block

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The Height of Efficiency with Rib Rock Landscape Block

Rib Rock™ Landscape Block is a popular and affordable solution for challenging terrace and slope applications. Rib Rock units can be used to construct walls from 6 to 20 feet high with site-specific engineering. This article covers the way in which Rib Rock Landscape Block can benefit your next commercial or residential project.

Efficient Installation

According to a Man Power Group U.S. Talent Shortage Survey, last year was the seventh consecutive year that vacancies in the skilled trades, such as landscaping, were the hardest jobs to fill. Many contractors are seeking installation efficiencies as a solution to the lack of available applicants and skilled laborers. Rib Rock can speed up installation time on the job site because of their larger size and easy-to-install design. Their larger size allows for more square foot coverage per block and reduces the amount of reinforcing grid required compared to smaller retaining wall systems.

Conveniently embedded rebar hoops make handling and lifting the blocks with mechanical equipment an easy task for smaller crews. Rib Rock units are manufactured with a knob and channel system that, with no additional labor, firmly locks units into place and creates an automatic two-inch set back, necessary in taller wall applications. Corner units also facilitate building 90-degree corners and angled walls.

Ideal for Commercial and Residential Projects

Whether they are used to construct small or large walls, Rib Rock enhances the overall look of any project and offers lasting strength and durability. With two natural looking face textures, Rib Rock creates an appealing looking wall that is popular in both commercial and residential applications. Units are available in full 48” wide blocks and 24” half blocks; both offer ease-of-assembly and can be installed together to create a running-bond. A top cap is also available for a clean finished look.

Benefits of Working with County Materials

County Materials is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and industry education. We have Rib Rock Installation Guidelines and Rib Rock Engineered Retaining Wall Manuals readily available, and our team of construction and landscape sales representatives are available to visit jobsites to provide product knowledge and assistance.

For more information on Rib Rock Landscape Block, visit our product page or call us at 800-242-7733.


County Materials Celebrates Career and Technical Education

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County Materials Celebrates Career and Technical Education

Career and technology education is a year-round initiative at County Materials Corporation. As the demand for skilled labor continues to grow, County Materials is dedicated to closing the gap by hosting facility tours and making strategic donations that support education in the trades. County Materials is an industry leader by offering learning opportunities to students who are interested in competitive wages and high-demand careers in the manufacturing and construction industries.

Public awareness about the skilled labor gap continues to grow, which is why the Association for Career and Technical Education has named February Career and Technical Education Month to celebrate the value of exploring many career opportunities available for high school students after they graduate. For several years, students turned away from manufacturing and construction careers because of the perception that they were low-skill, low-paying jobs. However, Career and Technical Education Month is dedicated to flipping this narrative by connecting students to business and industry leaders, so they can see the benefits of the industry first-hand and decide what career is best for them.

County Materials frequently hosts tours at production facilities for students in technology classes. Many times, these opportunities are the first-time students see and learn about manufacturing career opportunities. Students leave these tours with a broader understanding and appreciation about valuable job opportunities available to them.

County Materials is an active contributor to high school and technical college trades courses, industry associations, and even fire and rescue departments who use concrete materials for training purposes. County Materials also regularly hosts continuing education and learning seminars for construction professionals, leads plant tours for local legislators, and promotes certifications for mason and landscape contractors. The company maintains active memberships with numerous professional and community associations for the advancement of our industry.


Continuing Education Learning Seminars Provided by County Materials

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Continuing Education Learning Seminars Provided by County Materials

County Materials Corporation offers several AIA/CES and LA/CES and Dwelling Contractor approved courses for architects, landscape architect, engineers, developers and builders interested in learning more about quality masonry and landscaping products and installation techniques. Trained County Materials instructors will set up at your workplace and provide a complementary lunch to all program attendees.

Learning Seminars with County Materials are an ideal way to earn required continuing education credits to fulfill AIA membership and renew licenses. With seven different courses available, all designed to fit into a one-hour lunch, County Materials makes it easier than ever to get the education you need.

To see our many seminar options, visit our Continuing Education webpage and register today!


Visit County Materials at iLandscape

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Visit County Materials at iLandscape

Visit our booth (318) and attend our education session at the 2018 iLandscape Trade Show at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill. At our booth you can learn more about our vast line of quality concrete hardscape products and our unbeatable customer service. Stop by and see what we can do to help your business.

Jennifer Schaff, P.E. Technical Resource Engineer with County Materials is slated to speak during the 2:30 to 4 p.m. educational session on Wednesday, January 31. Schaff P.E., who specializes in permeable interlocking concrete pavers, will address how to properly install permeable pavers and explore the current research County Materials is involved in on maintenance and effectiveness. Attendees will also learn how permeable pavers perform in the northern winter climate, with highlights of real project installations in Wisconsin and Illinois.

The iLandscape Trade Show is presented by the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) and the Wisconsin Green Industry Federation (WGIF). The event will have more than 450 booths where you can launch your creativity, upgrade your products and services, ramp up your industry connections, grow your knowledge, and elevate your business.


Attend Our Job Fair, Find a Rewarding Career

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Attend Our Job Fair, Find a Rewarding Career

County Materials will be hosting a job fair at our Roberts Wis., retail office on Saturday, February 10th, from 9am to 1pm. Roberts is conveniently located within half an hour of the Twin Cities Metro area, just off Interstate 94. We will be conducting onsite interviews and making job offers to qualified candidates.

County Materials is a leading producer of concrete construction and landscaping products for growing communities. If you are looking for a rewarding career in the manufacturing and construction industry, stop by the job fair and apply. We are looking to fill many positions including: Flat Bed Driver, OTR Driver, Dump Driver, Ready-Mix Driver, Forklift Operator, Crane Operator, Machine Operator and Plant Laborer.

Learn more about the opportunity to take pride in what you do, earn a competitive wage, receive a full benefits package and be part of a growing company. Apply today!

Visit our Employment Page to view job openings in your area:

Roberts Retail Office Address:
1203 70th Avenue
Roberts, WI 54023
Phone: 800-426-1126

County Materials tendrá una feria de empleo en las oficinas de venta en Roberts Wisconsin, el sábado, 10 de Febrero, de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. Roberts está convenientemente ubicado a menos de media hora del área metropolitana de las ciudades gemelas, justo al lado de la interestatal 94.  Realizaremos entrevistas y haremos ofertas de trabajo a candidatos calificados.

County Materials es un productor líder de construcción de concreto y jardinería para comunidades en crecimiento. Si está buscando una carrera gratificante en la industria de construcción y manufactura, asista ala feria de empleo y aplique. Estamos buscando llenar muchas posiciones incluyendo: Flat Bed Driver, OTR Driver, Dump Driver, Ready-Mix Driver, Forklift Operator, Crane Operator, Machine Operator and Plant Laborer.

Obtenga más información sobre la oportunidad de sentirse orgulloso de lo que hace, ganar un salario competitivo, recibir un paquete completo de beneficios y ser parte de una empresa en crecimiento. ¡Aplica hoy!

Visite nuestra página de empleo para ver ofertas de trabajo en su área:

Roberts Retail Office Address:
1203 70th Avenue
Roberts, WI 54023
Phone: 800-426-1126


Heritage Collection™ Designer Concrete Brick is at the Top of its Class

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Heritage Collection™ Designer Concrete Brick is at the Top of its Class

When it comes to quality school construction, Heritage Collection™ Designer Concrete Brick is at the top of its class. Designers must fulfill many requirements when planning a new school, and many times on a tight budget. Heritage Brick offers an affordable product with maximum quality and lasting durability, which is why millions of Heritage Brick units have been successfully installed across the nation. Below are several of the reasons why designers are specifying Heritage Brick as a preferred choice in school construction.

Cost Benefits

Beyond having a lower upfront cost than alternative materials, Heritage Bricks offer a multitude of cost savings that will continue throughout the life of a building. Concrete masonry buildings offer higher R-values and thermal massing that contributes to reduced energy costs. Masonry’s high fire ratings and durability can help save thousands of dollars in insurance premiums; and if you ask any school district’s buildings and grounds supervisor, they will tell you thousands can be saved per year by not having to patch, repair, replace and paint non-masonry interior partitions. Lastly, Heritage Brick prevents mold from taking root, which improves indoor air quality and health.

Abuse Resistance

Withstanding extreme weather conditions, vandalism, the daily wear from students, and regular maintenance is a must for building products used in school construction. Our manufacturing process produces concrete brick that meets ASTM standards and is specified by construction professionals with confidence.

Acoustical Properties

Kids will be kids, which means schools can get noisy. When one classroom is taking a big test, the room next door could be doing a loud hands-on activity. Masonry’s dense composition helps keep sound at a minimum. Heritage Brick meets the challenges of loud classrooms and passes government guidelines and codes for interior and exterior walls.

Design Flexibility

Heritage Brick is available in a multitude of shapes and sizes for ultimate design flexibility. Whether a project requires structural load-bearing or veneer units, our concrete brick are readily available. In addition, Heritage Brick can be ordered in sizes ranging from 35/8” x 21/4” x 75/8” Modular Brick to the hefty 12” x 4” x 16” unit. Many times, in school construction designers look to the larger sized units to break up massing and reduce installation costs—the larger the unit, the more square feet can be laid at a time, which will greatly reduce labor costs.


County Materials Acquires Musson Brothers Ready-Mix Division

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Building on our reputation as a leader in the production of concrete construction products, County Materials Corporation is pleased to announce we have acquired the ready-mix division of Musson Brothers, Inc. in Rhinelander, Wis. It is anticipated that the official closing of the sale will take place on December 1, 2017.

Musson Brothers will continue to operate their facility in Rhinelander and offer a variety of services, including asphalt paving and grading, site development and demolition, aggregate sales, snow removal, material haulage and trucking services. 

The acquisition of Musson Brothers’ ready-mix facility, an established and successful company since 1945, strengthens County Materials’ capabilities in ready-mix production. Along with our existing locations in Tomahawk and Hazelhurst, Wis., the Rhinelander plant acquisition positions our company to better serve customers in Northern Wisconsin. Additionally, County Materials plans to invest in improvements to the Rhinelander ready-mix operations.

County Materials will provide ready-mix customers with the highest quality products and services that meet industry standards and exceed expectations. County Materials is a family-owned, American-based manufacturing company and leading source for construction and landscape products. Headquartered in Marathon, WI, the company was founded in 1946 and has grown into a diversified organization that supplies products for growing communities.



Hardscape North America Recognizes Three Projects With Products Manufactured by County Materials

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Hardscape North America Recognizes Three Projects With Products Manufactured by County Materials

County Materials Congratulates Shawano Lawn and Stone of Shawano, Wis., PICS Inc. of Rhinelander, Wis., and TMS Landscapes Inc. of Muskego Wis., for receiving recognition in the 10th Annual Hardscape North America (HNA) Awards on October 19, 2017 in Louisville, KY. Hosted by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), the awards program recognizes the best-of-the-best projects in the industry by contractors building residential and commercial walkways, patios, driveways, and commercial plazas, parking lots, streets and more. The competition pits hardscape projects from across North America against each other for top honors. This year judges select projects from a pool of a record 149 entries for their design, construction challenges, and site integration. Three projects utilizing materials manufactured by County Materials were selected as top in the nation.

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Shawano Lawn and Stone won top honors in the Concrete Permeable Paver Residential Category for their work on the Emile Court Residence permeable patio featuring H20 Pro Pavers®. This project was selected for its clean modern look and the challenges it took to integrate a permeable paver system on the site. The patio was made up of 4x8 pavers in Vision and Reflection colors. The combination of solid colors helped create a sleek modern appearance for the circular patio. Properly integrating the permeable paver system on the site was a major, yet important challenge to effectively prevent runoff and protect the lake’s water quality. Special design consideration was given to the selection and installation of base materials to ensure the system would effectively capture and filter storm water.

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PICs Inc. won in the Combination of Hardscape Products-Commercial Less Than 20,000 sq. ft. for their work on the Church Mutual project. Designed by Carrey Owen, currently a freelance landscape designer, the project features a stunning expanse of Grand Milestone Pavers™ and a retaining wall built with County Block® Retaining Wall System. The project was selected for its unique installation challenges and for meeting the owner’s needs. Because the site is a rented space, the building’s property could not be physically altered; if the tenant leaves the building, their site needs to be in the same condition. In addition, the business owner wanted the option to take anything invested into the project to a new location if they ever moved. To overcome these challenges, the patio project was carefully designed and constructed to integrate on top of an existing concrete slab. While the slab defined the size of the project, it also presented other challenges: the ground could not be dug up to create a level foundation for pavers and retaining walls. To solve this, the contractor mortared the retaining wall into place on top of the concrete slab. Each wall unit was individually leveled then mortared because of the slab’s uneven surface.

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TMS Landscape Inc. received an Honorable Mention in the Segmental Retaining Walls-Commercial category for their installation of a retaining wall for Lake Edge Apartments in Madison, Wis. This project was selected for its practical and aesthetic integration to the rest of the site. The project utilized nearly 3,400 sq. ft. of Integrity™ Retaining Wall System to meet two distinct needs—a 14’ tall retaining wall creating access for a fire lane along the side of the apartment complex, and a unique multi-tiered wall that forms a stunning backdrop to the patio area adjacent to the lake. The massive retaining wall proved to be a challenge because of its large size and the sheer amount of soil weight it had to retain. The contractor utilized a steel I-beam behind the wall for added support, helping prevent washout. In addition, geogrid was installed in layers behind the wall for added soil reinforcement. The building owner gave the contractor free reign on the wall design for the back-patio area. The contractor decided on a two-tiered wall with a curved theme throughout. The retaining wall’s blended color subtly matches the apartment’s brick, and paneling features. The raised patio, made possible with segmental retaining wall gives residents an unprecedented view of the lake.

The HNA Award program is the only national award program that celebrates the work of hardscape contractors. County Materials is pleased to be recognized as a manufacturer in the 2017 HNA Awards, and applauds these contractors for their quality of work, innovation, and creativity.


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