Our Story

Kuert Concrete is one of the oldest concrete plants in Indiana.
  • 1920’s

    Central mixed concrete started in South Bend by the George Hoffman Company, and John Kuert from the Kuert Contracting Company was hired as manager. The first deliveries were made in 1926 to the Independent Concrete Pipe Co., using regular dump trucks owned by individual contract haulers. On June 24, 1927 the company was incorporated as Kuert Concrete, Inc.
  • 1930’s

    George J. Hoffman retired and sold his stock to John Kuert and Frank Morrow. John and Frank took a gamble, buying out Mr. Hoffman when the nation was struggling through the Great Depression. Kuert Concrete struggled through 1931 and 1932. In 1933, Kuert Concrete was awarded a project through the Works Progress Administration (WPA) – the construction of Adams High School. Thanks to this and other projects Kuert continued to grow throughout the 1930s.
  • 1940’s

    In 1942 John Kuert was succeeded as president by Mr. D. Cole Hay. In 1947 the Board of Directors voted to spend up to $6,000 to build a new ready-mix plant. The interest rate for the loan was 4%; today, that $6,000 is equal to the cost of a new air compressor for our existing plant. In 1949 Kuert and Hass Concrete purchased Standard Ready Mix for $3,850. WWII brought very good business to South Bend, first by additions to factories during the war and then by new housing starts after.

  • 1950’s

    Fueled by the post-war boom and construction of the Indiana Toll Road, the 1950s was a time for growth for Kuert, including the addition of a second plant in 1953 and a fleet that included 17 units.

  • 1960’s

    In April of 1960 Kuert sold 20 acres on the west side of Bendix to the Industrial Foundation for $1000 per acre. In 1968 Kuert opted to abandon the railway from the gravel pit to the wash plant and to purchase two Euclid haul trucks. During this period Kuert began to transition to six-wheel-drive Oshkosh rear-discharge concrete trucks.

  • 1970’s

    The 70s were a time of great change for Kuert, including adding front discharge mixers, acquisitions and dispositions within and outside the concrete industry, and the death of D. Cole Hay, Sr., a pioneer in the industry.  Valley Concrete was purchased in 1971, allowing Kuert to add locations in Mishawaka, Elkhart, Niles and Benton Harbor. The merger of South Bend Sand & Gravel and Kuert Concrete was completed in 1975. In 1978 Kuert purchased local steel suppliers; Nelson Engineering Sales and Fawcett Sales and Engineering.

  • 1980’s

    John Fidler purchased Dave Hay’s stock in Kuert Concrete on June 13, 1983. When the two men first met Mr. Hay had written what he wanted and the terms of the agreement on a piece of paper 2 ½” wide and 5” long. The terms never changed from that except for the procedures required by the government and the bank. Since 1983 nine buildings and the old plant footings have been demolished.

  • 1990’s

    Kuert purchased the Goshen ready mix operation from Consumers in February 1994, and merged with American Ready-Mix in 1996, adding locations in Leesburg and Rochester.

  • 2000’s

    On August 21, 2002 Kuert was recognized by South Bend Mayor Stephen J. Luecke for 75 years in business, building a firm foundation for Michiana. Today we are proud to carry on our heritage of excellent local service, unparalleled concrete expertise and pride in every job.

  • Today

    In 2015, Kuert purchased a hardscapes business and location off Wilden Ave. in Goshen.  Kuert Outdoor Living has grown steadily since the purchase and continues to focus on providing customers with high-quality options for creating inviting backyard living spaces.

  • 1920’s

    Central mixed concrete started in South Bend by the George Hoffman Company, and John Kuert from the Kuert Contracting Company was hired as manager. The first deliveries were made in 1926 to the Independent Concrete Pipe Co., using regular dump trucks owned by individual contract haulers. On June 24, 1927 the company was incorporated as Kuert Concrete, Inc.


  • 1930’s

    George J. Hoffman retired and sold his stock to John Kuert and Frank Morrow. John and Frank took a gamble, buying out Mr. Hoffman when the nation was struggling through the Great Depression. Kuert Concrete struggled through 1931 and 1932. In 1933, Kuert Concrete was awarded a project through the Works Progress Administration (WPA) – the construction of Adams High School. Thanks to this and other projects Kuert continued to grow throughout the 1930s.


  • 1940’s

    In 1942 John Kuert was succeeded as president by Mr. D. Cole Hay. In 1947 the Board of Directors voted to spend up to $6,000 to build a new ready-mix plant. The interest rate for the loan was 4%; today, that $6,000 is equal to the cost of a new air compressor for our existing plant. In 1949 Kuert and Hass Concrete purchased Standard Ready Mix for $3,850, another company in South Bend that had filed for bankruptcy. WWII brought very good business to South Bend, first by additions to factories during the war and then by new housing starts after.


  • 1950’s

    Fueled by the post-war boom and construction of the Indiana Toll Road, the 1950s was a time for growth for Kuert, including the addition of a second plant in 1953 and a fleet that included 17 units.


  • 1960’s

    In April of 1960 Kuert sold 20 acres on the west side of Bendix to the Industrial Foundation for $1000 per acre. In 1968 Kuert opted to abandon the railway from the gravel pit to the wash plant and to purchase two Euclid haul trucks. During this period Kuert began to transition to six-wheel-drive Oshkosh rear-discharge concrete trucks.


  • 1970’s

    The 70s were a time of great change for Kuert, including adding front discharge mixers, acquisitions within and outside the concrete industry, sales of facilities and the death of D. Cole Hay, Sr., a pioneer in the industry. Mr. Frank Morrow stepped into the role of Chairman of the Board. Valley Concrete was purchased in 1971, allowing Kuert to add locations in Mishawaka, Elkhart, Niles and Benton Harbor. In 1974 Jadair truck washout systems were installed at each plant, and an agreement was reached with Fidler, Inc., for the purchase of the Elkhart plant. The Benton Harbor plant was sold and a new ready-mix plant was built in Niles for $200,000. The merger of South Bend Sand & Gravel and Kuert Concrete was completed in 1975, and by 1976 two Riteway front-discharge trucks had been purchased for $58,000 each. In 1978 Kuert purchased Nelson Engineering Sales, a local steel supplier and in 1977 we bought five Viking front-discharge trucks for $70,000 each. Kuert also purchased Fawcett Sales and Engineering, the biggest competitor of Nelson, and acquired 66 acres of land on US 20 West for a future gravel plan.


  • 1980’s

    John Fidler purchased Dave Hay’s stock in Kuert Concrete on June 13, 1983. When the two men first met Mr. Hay had written what he wanted and the terms of the agreement on a piece of paper 2 ½” wide and 5” long. The terms never changed from that except for the procedures required by the government and the bank. Since 1983 nine buildings and the old plant footings have been demolished.


  • 1990’s

    Kuert purchased the Goshen ready mix operation from Consumers in February 1994, and merged with American Ready-Mix in 1996, adding locations in Leesburg and Rochester.


  • 2000’s

    On August 21, 2002 Kuert was recognized by South Bend Mayor Stephen J. Luecke for 75 years in business, building a firm foundation for Michiana. Today we are proud to carry on our heritage of excellent local service, unparalleled concrete expertise and pride in every job.


Today we honor our history and look forward to the future, continually responding to the needs of our customers, market changes in our area, and advances in concrete technology.

A Commitment to Excellence

“As a third generation [Concrete Producer], it’s more about reputation and helping our communities be better and stronger than business growth. I live by that believe… I run the company by that belief.”Steve Fidler
President

We take care in what we do


At Kuert Concrete, we believe that if we take exceptional care of our people, they’ll take exceptional care of our customers. Each of our plants is NRMCA certified, and we take this focus on exceptional care a step further by training our drivers through a Mentor Driver program. Our drivers are also certified by the NRMCA’s Certified Concrete Delivery Professionals program.

Our system is both preventive and proactive, offering incentives to drivers based on:

  • A verbal commitment made through a dispatcher, salesperson or the corporate office about a job well done.
  • Any idea from a teammate that is put into action.
  • Truck and workplace cleanliness.
  • Perfect attendance and on time 100 percent of the time.
  • No preventable accidents, or vehicular or personal injuries.
  • No disciplinary problems.

Points are awarded on a per-incident, monthly or quarterly basis and awards include:

  • Recognition of your status via a diamond on your truck or workstation.
  • Kuert Concrete gear.
  • Gift certificates from area merchants.
  • Time off with pay.
  • Cold, hard cash.
  • First “dibs” on new equipment.

Concrete Delivery Professional Certification


We are pleased to announce that 14 mixer drivers from Kuert Concrete graduated from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Concrete Delivery Professional (CDP) certification program.

The CDP program supplements our existing driver-training program, and reinforces key competencies a driver must have in the areas of safety, product knowledge, environmental compliance, customer relations, vehicle maintenance and operations. Ready mix producers report they have gained the appreciation of customers by certifying that their drivers meet national industry operation standards. To date, more than 2,200 drivers have been CDP certified by NRMCA across the U.S.

“We saw the value in CDP training and our certified drivers also saw the value as they voluntarily gave their time to complete the program,” said Kuert Vice President Greg Towner. “The ready mix business is very competitive here in Indiana and having a professional mixer driver staff gives us a leg up on the competition.”


Meet Our Team

“Our family has a strong affection for this wonderful community we live in. We have an obligation to give our time, our talent, and our money.”John Fidler
Retired Chairman & Owner 1983 - 2000

Steve Fidler

President


Steve grew up in the concrete industry and brought 7 years’ experience with him when he joined Kuert Concrete in 1991. His forward-focused leadership pushes the Kuert Concrete team to stretch their limits in delivering the best products, the best service and the best attitudes in the industry.



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Brad Webb

VP Operations


Brad started with Kuert in 2011 as an employee of Kuert Supply Center.  He eventually moved into the ready-mix side of the business as a Quality Control technician.  He also spent time working in the South Bend Dispatch Office and as Fleet Coordinator.  Brad took over as VP Operations upon the retirement of Greg Towner in 2017.


 
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Tim Miller

VP Sales


Tim began in the concrete industry in 1986 and started his tenure with Kuert in 1996. He has built his success on understanding that sales are more than just beating a price, it’s about providing a solution.



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Ron Ericson

Controller


Ron Joined Kuert in 2008. A graduate of Manchester College, he brings with him a strong background in public accounting and extensive experience as a controller for major local corporations. Ron’s philosophy is simple, “When you pull together as a team, everyone wins.”


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Jim Sellers

Quality Control Manager


Jim has worked in quality control within the concrete industry since 1991. Jim brought his talents to Kuert in 2005 and has been an integral part of the ready-mix concrete operations. He has the following certifications; ACI Level I, INDOT super structure QA/QC certified, and CAP certified. Jim is a sports enthusiast with a special interest in basketball.



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Woody Woodiwiss

Head of Kuert Products Division


Woody is our “Go-To Guy” at the Kuert Supply Center and has been a vital part of the success of the Products division since 1995. Woody usually has an answer for any question posed, or knows where to go to get it! He possesses a passion for providing exemplary customer service.




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Mike Towner

Concrete Products Sales


Mike has been working for Kuert since 2004. He began with summer yard work before moving into the South Bend dispatch office for the next 7 years. He more recently helped manage the Kuert Supply Center before moving into outside sales for construction-related products.



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Bob Webb

Warsaw Plant Manager


Bob has worked in the concrete industry in some capacity since 1984. In 2002 he left the ready-mix concrete supply industry and started his own construction company. He returned to work for Kuert Concrete as the Warsaw plant manager in 2010. Bob is an avid golfer and also helps run RAW Sustainable Living with his wife, Annette.


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Kent Ganshorn

Rochester Plant Manager


Kent began as a ready-mix driver at the Warsaw plant in 1995. In 2005 he started as the plant manager at our Rochester location. Kent enjoys riding motorcycles and spending his spare time with his wife, kids, grandkids, and many friends.


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Clinten Lawrence

Fleet Coordinator and
Regulatory Compliance Officer


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Tim Oakley

South Bend Customer Service Representative



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Colleen Michalski

Kuert Supply Center
Customer Success Coordinator


Colleen began with Kuert in 2014 and quickly became an integral part of the Kuert Supply Center. She has worked hard to familiarize herself with our vast array of products and works dilligently to ensure our customers receive the level of customer service they deserve.


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Laurie Oliver

South Bend Customer Service Representative



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Joan Lamkin

Accounts Receivable


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David Kowalski

Accounts Payable


 

Interested in becoming a part of the Kuert family?

We are looking for the right candidate to fill the following position(s):

 

The mission of Kuert Concrete is to manufacture and deliver concrete and concrete related supplies.