About Us

We built our business from the ground up.

Concrete Specialties began manufacturing precast concrete products in Clarendon Hills, Illinois in 1963.  Our first owners, Dick Ekins and Tom Taylor, produced concrete blocks, cinder blocks, septic tanks and other building material composed of “cement, sand, stone or gravel.”

  • In 1986, EOCN Corporation, a holding company owned by the Nondorf family, purchased the business.   At that time, Concrete Specialties exclusively manufactured manhole products with a maximum diameter of 72 inches.
  • In 1993, we acquired Hill Concrete Products, a successful manhole manufacturer in Hazel Crest, Illinois, and added a number of customers from south and southwestern Chicago.
  • By 1996, we built a new, more efficient, manufacturing plant in Elgin, Illinois to service our growing customer base.  This facility featured state-of-the-art equipment and methodologies, and expanded our products to 120-inch diameter.
  • The acquisitions of Northwind Concrete Products Romeoville and South Beloit in 1998 and 2000 moved business in a new direction.  (Northwind produced concrete pipe in diameters ranging from 12-inch to 120-inch, as well as box culvert.) Now customers who bought manholes from Concrete Specialties and Hill Concrete could purchase pipe from Northwind.   Buying new forms and equipment plus upgrading facilities meant we could produce a high-quality product more efficiently.
  • Continental Concrete Pipe was acquired in 2001 and consolidated into the Northwind pipe operations.
  • In 2003, we purchased assets of Modern Building Materials in Kenosha, Wisconsin, adding an excellent 25-acre facility and giving us an entrée into the Wisconsin market.

We’re stronger than ever.

In 2009, we consolidated our businesses under the name of Concrete Specialties Company.  This creates a unified brand, broadens our marketing impact and enables us to respond to customers from the plant most capable of providing the highest level of service.   The combination of all of these organizations, resources and hundreds of years of sales and operating experience make us the leader in our marketplace.

With manhole operations north, south and west and pipe operations southwest and northwest, we now service customers throughout the Chicago area, north into Milwaukee and west into Madison.