Company History


FOUR GENERATIONS STRONG

Becken

1927 - Hammon T. Becken founded the company

Becken

1929 - Thorwald W. Becken entered the business and our name officially changed to Cemstone Products Company.

Becken

1957 - H.T. (Tom) Becken entered the business. From that point on, major development in both ready mix concrete and packaged concrete products commenced.

Becken

1972 - Steve Becken joined Cemstone Ready Mix, Inc. (WI).

Thor Becken

1982 - Thor Becken entered into the business.

Becken

1991 - Tim Becken joined Cemstone.

HISTORY OF CEMSTONE

More than eighty-six years and four generations ago it all started with a commitment to quality, and a vision of bigger things to come. In 1927 Hammon T. Becken founded a company that focused on the production of sand and gravel to manufacture concrete blocksultimately to be used in the construction of high-quality, reasonably-priced homes.

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 excellence since our inception. Originally founded by Hammon T. Becken IN 1927, early business was focused on concrete block production and concrete home construction. As the business grew, both sand and gravel production were added and the company was incorporated.

The growth Cemstone has experienced over the years is due to a strategy of merging with, and acquiring other strong family businesses that are compliments to our core functions and values. We wish to say thank you to all of those who have come to us through other companies, and have chosen to continue to be an invaluable part of the Cemstone family.

HISTORY TIMELINE

AWARDS

NRMCA Grean Star Certified Plants: East Bethel, Northfield, Childs Road, Midway, Red Wing, Minneapolis, New Ulm, Mankato, MN and Webster, Algona, Gilmore City, Storm Lake and Clarion, IA locations.

2011-2016   Cemstone Receives the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Excellence in Quality Awards competition, Category A competition, for which Cemstone Received the award, is for those producers with an annual production exceeding one million cubic yards of ready mixed concrete.

2015 - Cemstone Selected as a 2015 Minnesota Family Business Award Honoree READ ARTICLE

2015 - NRMCA Environmental Excellence Award - Columbus location.

2016 - NRMCA Environmental Excellence Award - Mankato Location.

2013 - ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete wins the Editors’ Choice for Most Innovative Product in the Construction Materials Category at the 2013 World of Concrete.

MNDOT & Concrete Pavers Association has recognized the “CSAH 2 / Broadway Ave. in Forest Lake” as the BEST PROJECT OF ITS TYPE  Concrete Paving in a rural area.

Lowry Bridge Project has received

NRMCA  National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Awards

Cemstone Jordan, Minn batch plant earns NRMCA's Green-Star Certification
Cemstone St. Paul, Minn batch plant earns NRMCA's Green-Star Certification (Midway)
Cemstone Red Wing, Minn batch plant earns NRMCA's Green-Star Certification
Cemstone Northfield, Minn batch plant earns NRMCA's Environmental Excellence Award
Cemstone St. Paul, Minn batch plant earns NRMCA's Green-Star Certification (Childs Rd)
Cemstone is Category A recipient of 2011 & 2012 NRMCA Commitment to Environmental Excellence Award

Charles Pankow Award

2012  Cemstone Receives the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation for the I35W Bridge

MCC (Minnesota Concrete Council) Awards 2012

Project: Radisson Blu Mall of America
Award: Architectural Design Merit

Project: Normandale Community College Ramp
Award: Structural Integrity

Project: Union Depot
Award: Structural Design

Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota - Concrete Paving Awards

Category 7 - Urban Arterials and Collectors
White Bear Avenue from Radatz Avenue to County Road D in Maplewood
Owner/Agency: Ramsey County
Contractors: Eureka Construction (Prime);
North Country Concrete (Concrete);
Doyle Conner Co. (Concrete Paving)
Concrete Supplier: Cemstone Products Company

William B. Allen Award - H.T. Becken, CEO of Cemstone

BeckenNRMCA awarded H. Tom Becken, CEO of Cemstone in Mendota Heights, Minn., the 2012 William B. Allen Award, named for one of the industry’s most distinguished management consultants and plant-management veterans.