Heritage.

 
 
 

Ash Grove, Missouri

1882

Ash Grove Cement Company begins as the Ash Grove White Lime Association in Ash Grove, Missouri. The lime is used for construction and sanitary purposes.

Employee Gathering

1890's

Early Ash Grove White Lime Association employees gathered along the rails in Ash Grove, Missouri.

Ash Grove, Missouri

1891

Ash Grove main offices moved to Kansas City, Missouri.

Top Honors

1904

Lime produced at Ash Grove Springfield plant wins top honors in Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

Company Reorganization

1907

Company reorganized as Ash Grove Lime and Portland Cement Company.

Chanute, Kansas

1908

Ash Grove opens first cement plant in Chanute, Kansas.

Sunderland moves to Kansas City

1909

L.T. Sunderland moves to Kansas City from Omaha to accept position of vice president and manager for Ash Grove White Lime Association.

Elected president

1913 – 1921

L.T. Sunderland elected president of Ash Grove White Lime Company in 1913, and then elected president of the Portland Cement Association in 1921.

Louisville, Nebraska

1929

Construction is completed on the company’s second cement plant, located in Louisville, Nebraska.

New Kiln Installation

1949

New kiln installed at Louisville plant, increasing production to 375,000 tons annually.

New Transfer Station Completed

1962

Ash Grove cement transfer station completed in Kansas City, Kansas, to handle truck deliveries.

Chanute, Kansas

1963

Ash Grove invests in new plant construction in Chanute, Kansas.

Modernization and Construction

1964

Chanute, Kansas — Modernization of Chanute plant increases capacity to 500,000 tons annually.

Rivergate, Oregon — Lime plant constructed to supply product to Pacific Northwest.

Company Name Change

1968

Company name shortens to Ash Grove Cement Company.

Louisville Plant Expansion

1982

Expansion of Louisville plant increases production capacity to 1,000,000 tons annually.

Company and Plant Acquisitions

1983 – 1989

1983 — Company acquires Oregon Portland Cement Company in Durkee, Oregon, and Inkom, Idaho, and Quarry in Blubber Bay, British Columbia.

1984 — Seattle, Washington, plant acquired.

1985 — Foreman, Arkansas, plant acquired.

1987 — Montana City, Montana, plant acquired.

1989 — Leamington, Utah, plant acquired.

Ash Grove Packaging

1985

Introduction of packaged products.

Leamington, Utah

1989

Ash Grove purchases cement plant in Leamington, Utah.

Seattle, Washington

1992

Expansion and modernization of Seattle, Washington cement plant.

Houston, Texas

1994

50% of North Texas Cement Company (Midlothian, Texas) acquired.

Lyman-Richey Acquisition

2000

Ash Grove acquires Lyman-Richey Company.

Chanute, Kansas

2001

Chanute, Kansas, plant undergoes major expansion and modernization.

Acquisition Complete in Texas

2002

Ash Grove takes major stake in Texas and solidifies position as fifth largest U.S. cement producer after taking full ownership of Midlothian, Texas, cement plant.

Ash Grove Headquarters

2003

Ash Grove moves into new headquarters building in Overland Park, Kansas.

Import Terminal Expansion

2006

Company expands import terminals in Houston, Texas.

Import Terminal Expansion

2007

Company expands import terminals in Portland, Oregon.

Holliday Sand & Gravel

2008

Ash Grove acquires Holliday Sand & Gravel Company.

Foreman, Arkansas

2009 - 2010

Major plant modernization completed at Foreman, Arkansas, plant.

Certification Achievements

2011

Ash Grove’s entire fleet of eight operating cement plants earn ISO 14001 certification.

Ash Grove Cement Foreman achieves recertification of its wildlife habitat for its “Wildlife at Work” and “Conservation Education Site” designations from the Wildlife Habitat Council.

New Acquisition

2012

Johnson County Aggregates acquisition (50%).

Modernization and Accolades

2014

Ash Grove’s Midlothian, Texas, plant achieves early compliance with new federal regulatory standards with $150 million modernization.

Ash Grove Cement Foreman achieves recertification of its wildlife habitat for its “Wildlife at Work” and “Conservation Education Site” designations from the Wildlife Habitat Council.

Ash Grove Cement Midlothian’s wildlife habitat earns “Corporate Lands of Learning” certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council.

Fort Worth, Texas

2015

Opened Fort Worth, Texas, terminal.

Oklahoma

2017

Opening Oklahoma City packaging plant and expanding Owasso, Oklahoma, terminal.

135 years in Business

2017

1882 – 2017 Ash Grove Cement Company celebrates 135 years in business.