What started in 1953 with a $97 mixer purchased from the Eaton’s
Catalogue for the manufacturing of concrete blocks, has grown
to become one of eastern Prince Edward Islands leading privately
owned companies. Dick MacLean started the company in 1953 building concrete blocks in a yard on the Montague waterfront. For years, these blocks were used in the construction of schools, commercial buildings, and homes throughout PEI. In the mid to late 1960’s Mr. MacLean saw the concrete market shift away from blocks and towards poured concrete foundations. It is at that time that the MacLean’s got into the manufacturing and supply of ready mixed concrete.
There is no doubt that the industry has changed over the last
55 years, but the company still uses the same basic ready mixed
concrete principals now that it did then. What started as a seasonal ready mix operation in the 60’s with a fleet of 3 mixer trucks has grown to a year round operation with two locations, a state of the art batching plant,16 ready mix trucks, and 2 stone slingers.
With the growth of ready mix concrete demand
came the increased need for the supply of sand and gravel. In the late 1960’s the company purchased a tractor trailer and began hauling it’s own aggregates. In the years that followed, they added several trucks and continued to haul sand and gravel. In 1988, in an attempt to improve winter cash flow, the company started a for-hire trucking business, filling in the gaps by hauling it’s own product. This division of the company has grown from it’s humble beginnings to the 25 truck fleet that currently operates in the maritime provinces, throughout Canada as well as the United States. The company does a variety of trucking, ranging from bulk potatoes to flat bed, dry van, container chassis, dump trailer and reefer work.
The MacLean family is extremely proud of the business that they have built over the past almost 60 years, as well as the dedicated staff that have worked hard right along beside them to provide excellent service to all of their customers.
In April of 2012, in order to ensure the continuation of local concrete service in the Kings County area, the MacLean Family sold the company to OSCO Concrete & Aggregates, though the MacLean family is still involved in the daily operations of the plant. Doug continues to manage to concrete plant, John can be found most days behind the wheel of either a ready mix truck hauling a load of concrete or a tractor trailer hauling sand or gravel and Dick continues his tradition of coming into the plant everyday, only now just for a visit.
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