County Materials celebrates 70 years of growing nation’s communities, infrastructure

Beginning with a single machine in 1946, as the nation grew, so did County Materials

MARATHON, Wis., May 18, 2016 — Long before man ever walked on the moon, a small, family-owned business began building and growing American communities from a rural farm in central Wisconsin. Fast forward seven decades and this year you find that same company, Midwest-based County Materials Corporation, celebrating its 70th year of serving as a national leader in the manufacturing of concrete construction and landscape materials.

Amid fluctuating economies, greater competition, and challenging business environments, County Materials remained competitive by responding to the nation’s growing infrastructure needs. As cities expanded, the demand for more innovative concrete construction solutions increased. From concrete pipe and culverts that provide effective storm water management, to bridges that meet transportation demands, the company strengthened production capabilities and improved technology. One notable example includes the Minnesota Hiawatha light rail tunnel, which required production of over 21,000 pre-cast concrete construction tunnel segments and 200 concrete arched wall and ceiling panels. This was the first light rail transit system of its kind in Minnesota and County Materials played a critical part in its development.

“As the country’s needs grew, so did County Materials,” said Tim Sonnentag, president of County Materials Corporation. “Greater production capabilities and continuous improvement in technological advancements led to our company becoming a leader in the industry. Our commitment to lead with integrity and a sense of purpose that goes beyond the bottom line is as strong as ever and we look forward to the next 70 years of innovation and service.”

The company is commemorating the milestone by planning special events in select markets and by launching a 70th anniversary web site and video dedicated to the company’s history, tenacity and the employees that made it all happen.


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About the company: County Materials Corporation is proud to announce it is celebrating 70 years in business in 2016. The family-owned, American-based manufacturing company is an industry leader and trusted resource for construction and landscape products. Its headquarters are in Marathon, WI, where it was founded in 1946. The company employs more than 1,200 people in 40 locations, supplying products for growing communities across the country. Follow County Materials Corporation on LinkedIn for updates about the company's latest concrete innovations and charitable activities. For more information visit