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Wasola company Concrete Works partners with Lamar business in expansion


The Concrete Works of Wasola, Ozark County, has expanded to a second location in partnership with Noble Concrete & Precast of Lamar, announces Concrete Works owner Cleta Sweeney.

The expansion increases the production of the current plant almost tenfold, she says: it adds more trucks, employees, a state-of the-art batch plant, ready-mix delivery and new precast agricultural and structural products. All of the past agricultural products currently offered in the continental U.S. are already in inventory and being produced daily from the new location, she adds.

Further, says Sweeney, the Magnumstone retaining wall blocks are also in full production, as well as an expanding line of retaining wall products and contractor supplies from the retail store on site. 

The new plant in Lamar, about 40 miles northeast of Joplin, has “exceptional interstate exposure” on Interstate 49, she says, pointing out the location allows for easy access for incoming and outgoing freight, as well as visual reference for the many products offered. The 15-acre site is set up for large scale production and generous inventory storage.

“With the current high demand in the cattle feeding industry and the infrastructure construction industry, Concrete Works / Noble Precast is enjoying historic orders for products,” says Sweeney. The companies’ 30-plus year history and well-known warranty and customer service, make them a first-choice vendor for cattlemen as well as contractors, she adds.

“It is a perfect fit,” says Sweeney. “We have looked for two years to expand and grow as our current location just could not keep up with the demands of our customers. Noble Concrete & Precast LLC had a several-year relationship with us, and the goals were the same for all of us. Best service and best quality, working with the best people. We are fortunate it has all fallen into place! “

Sweeney also points out that Noble comes with its own association with a well-experienced contractor. Also partnering and assisting is Sprouls Construction, which has been in construction in Lamar since 1986. The company has a history of working on residential, commercial, industrial and municipal projects, notes Sweeney.

Noble intends to get state certified for ready-mix and precast structures on state projects, says Sweeney.

Currently, The Concrete Works is classified as a DBE, or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, as the company is woman-owned, and the new partnership includes two new women in joint ownership: Jennifer Regier and Alexi Breytenbach, both of Lamar. Being a certified woman-owned business is beneficial to contractors who need the DBE points to qualify on federal and state projects, Sweeney points out.

The partnership will continue to enjoy membership in the BuyMO program for Missouri made products. Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and his wife Claudia have already made a preliminary welcoming visit to the new facility as construction of the batch plant progresses, says Sweeney.

To celebrate and introduce the new location, there will be a ribbon cutting in October. For more information about the event, or about the products and services offered, visit the webpage www.theconcreteworks.com, follow @nobleprecast on Facebook or call the office at 877-464-7575.