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Asset sale shakes up local concrete company

Recent moves at Central Pre-Mix Concrete Company in Pasco will trim its Tri-City operations and expand its regional reach.

The Pasco business’ parent company, Oldcastle Materials, sold a portion of Central Pre-Mix’s assets to American Rock Products in Richland in mid-December. American Rock Products also took over Central Pre-Mix’s property lease. Around the same time, Central Pre-Mix bought Spokane Rock Products’ asphalt operation, Havana pit and office in Spokane.

“What we’re doing here is trying to focus on the best ways to best serve the changing needs of our customers,” said KC Klosterman, director of community relations with Oldcastle Materials’ northwest division in Spokane.

American Rock Products purchased Central Pre-Mix’s ready-mix plant, aggregate operations, shop and office in Pasco. Financial details were not released by American Rock Products or Oldcastle Materials. American Rock Products opened in 2001 and is headquartered in Richland.

“We’re certainly going to be a whole lot busier,” said Kim Terlson, American Rock Products’ controller, of the recent acquisition. “I think this is a good thing for American Rock Products. ... We’re going to be bigger and a little stronger.”

Central Pre-Mix will continue its asphalt and construction operations in the Tri-City area, Klosterman said. Oldcastle retained the Central Pre-Mix name.

Central Pre-Mix began aggregate operations at its Pasco plant in 1952. In 1978, the company began ready-mix operations in Pasco. The company supplied concrete and aggregate to key projects throughout the Tri-Cities during the past 62 years, including the blue bridge, cable bridge and the twin bridges construction projects.

The recent sales affected some existing jobs. About 50 employees worked in Central Pre-Mix’s aggregate and concrete operations in Pasco. All were offered positions with American Rock Products, Terlson said. She couldn’t say how many accepted the offer.

Klosterman said many of Central Pre-Mix’s drivers and other “front-line” employees transitioned to American Rock Products, while some upper-level managers remained with Oldcastle Materials, which operates under Oldcastle Inc., a division of the international building materials group CRH plc in Dublin, Ireland.

“People were free to choose to stay with (American Rock Products) if they were offered a job by American or apply for other openings in the Northwest or elsewhere in Oldcastle Materials,” Klosterman said.