What makes a successful Redi-Rock Manufacturer?

Even though no two companies are alike, there are some key qualities that all of the most profitable Redi-Rock manufacturers share. These include:

  • Building a highly skilled sales person or sales team
  • Developing a relationship with an engineering advocate
  • Maintaining adequate inventory
  • Training key players in installation
  • Managing logistics
  • Controlling costs

You can find more info on these key qualities on the Profit Potential page, but below--we're digging into the experiences of some of the most successful Redi-Rock manufacturers. Here you will find companies from several different industries - precast, construction, and ready mix concrete. Their stories will give you some insights into why Redi-Rock works as a business opportunity:

Tim Turton, Redi-Rock Structures of OKI

 

This is a 19.5 ft. tall GRAVITY wall in the Ledgestone texture manufactured by Redi-Rock Structures of OKI. This retaining wall allowed a new access road to be built for the regional FBI headquarters in Cincinnati. See more of Tim's projects at www.cincinnatiretainingwall.com.

Tim Turton, Managing Member

Company: Redi-Rock Structures of OKI
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Industry: Construction
Partnered with Redi-Rock in: 2003

Measurable Results:

In the past decade, Redi-Rock Structures of OKI has only had one bad year. To only have one losing year for a startup company that weathered the great recession.... that says a lot. “We have experienced continued growth,” Tim shared. “The necessity of diligence and staying after the charge has sustained us.”

How Tim Got Started with Redi-Rock:

As a site development contractor in the early 2000's, about 85% of Tim’s projects included retaining walls. All of these walls were small, dry cast retaining walls. One day, a customer of Tim’s had a property line issue and found Redi-Rock online. Tim actually bought Redi-Rock from a distant Redi-Rock manufacturer for the project, and saw that this could be a huge opportunity to dovetail with his contracting business.

Six months later, Tim made the trip to Redi-Rock headquarters and became a Redi-Rock producer several weeks later.

About the Company:

Redi-Rock Structures of OKI introduced the first large block retaining walls in the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana region in 2003.

Redi-Rock Structures of OKI is known for providing the best retaining wall solutions in the area and is committed to nurturing the loyal relationships they have forged with retaining wall clients in Cincinnati and beyond. They strive to continually earn the ongoing trust of each person they do business with. A strong commitment to the Redi-Rock Quality Assurance and Quality Control program ensures that the retaining wall blocks and retaining wall systems purchased in the Cincinnati area are in line with the highest standards of excellence.

Scott Stevens

Scott Stevens, Quality Concrete

 

This is a beautiful Limestone texture Redi-Rock headwall that Quality Concrete produced for a new shopping center in Darmouth, Nova Scotia. You can see more of Quality Concrete's work at www.halifaxretainingwalls.com.

Scott Stevens, Managing Partner

Company: Stevens Group / Quality Concrete 
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Industry: Ready Mixed Concrete
Partnered with Redi-Rock in: 2003

How Scott Got Started with Redi-Rock:

Scott’s business partner and brother, Thane Stevens, has a knack finding unique business opportunities and products. Thane is a serial entrepreneur, and first saw Redi-Rock advertised in the Concrete Producer Magazine. Thane then saw the Redi-Rock system at the World of Concrete trade show, which prompted a phone call to Redi-Rock International.

These events led to the brothers launching the Redi-Rock product line in the Halifax, Nova Scotia area in 2003. Once Redi-Rock was incorporated into the Stevens’ brothers business, Scott built a team to realize Redi-Rock’s potential in the local area by marketing to specifiers who drive specs and win jobs. Customers liked the look and contractors liked how easy the blocks were to install. The Redi-Rock business has been growing in Halifax ever since.

Measurable Results:

  • Stevens Group doubled every year for years until reaching maturity
  • Adding Redi-Rock as a product launched Stevens Group into the precast industry. Stevens Group is primarily in the aggregate business and Quality Concrete is the ready mixed concrete arm. As those in the industry know, it's possible to stockpile aggregate, but it's not possible to stockpile ready mix. Unless you think like Scott did--and realize that the only way to stockpile ready mix is to create precast products. 
  • Redi-Rock evened out the revenue structure of the Stevens Group’s aggregate and ready mix business, making it more consistent, efficient, and profitable.

About the Company:

The Stevens Group of Companies is a privately held third generation family business with its head office located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Quality Concrete, the ready mix concrete branch of the Stevens Group, has been in business in Halifax since 1958. Starting from a small bag plant in Dartmouth, Quality has grown to 12 plants with a fleet of 110 mixer trucks complemented by 15 pump trucks.

Quality Concrete partnered with Redi-Rock in 2003 to manufacture and distribute Redi-Rock retaining walls in the Maritime Provinces of Canada.

Quality Concrete strives to offer superior quality and service to customers in Mainland Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, and New Brunswick. From its humble beginnings, the company has grown to become the leader in the retaining wall marketplace in its area.

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