Shea Concrete Products Diversifies: Manufacturer of Precast Concrete Products Innovates During Down Economy

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An acquisition, diversification of product lines and hiring of employees have all taken place at Shea Concrete Products, Inc. this year. Shea Concrete’s products include ReCon Retaining Wall Systems, septic tanks, Easi-Set Precast Concrete Buildings, stormwater management products and many other precast concrete products such as concrete and brick steps.

“We made a conscious decision in a down economy to not shift our forward-thinking and to continue to pursue opportunities that benefit our customers and the community,” said Greg Stratis, Shea Concrete’s Amesbury plant manager.

An acquisition, diversification of product lines and hiring of employees have all taken place at Shea Concrete Products, Inc. this year.

Shea Concrete Products, a second-generation family-owned and operated business offering a full array of quality and environmentally-friendly precast concrete products, has taken a number of steps to bolster not only the company, but also the New England economy. Shea Concrete’s products include ReCon Retaining Wall Systems, septic tanks, Easi-Set Precast Concrete Buildings, stormwater management products and many other precast concrete products such as concrete and brick steps.

“We made a conscious decision in a down economy to not shift our forward-thinking and to continue to pursue opportunities that benefit our customers and the community,” said Greg Stratis, Shea Concrete’s Amesbury plant manager. This year alone, the company has hired 12 people and diversified its product line as a result of its recent acquisition and an influx of new projects.

In January, Shea Concrete purchased Utility Precast Inc., a provider of electrical, telephone, communication and gas utilities precast concrete products. The West Wareham facility became the fourth location added to Shea’s lineup of plants in Amesbury and Wilmington, MA and Nottingham, NH. This strategic acquisition allowed Shea Concrete to offer an entirely new line of products to its growing list of clients and resulted in Shea Concrete being selected for projects that it would not have been in the past.

Recently Shea Concrete was hired to provide cable trenches for the NSTAR Substation in Waltham MA, as well as telephone and electric utility structures for the Makepeace River Run Project in Plymouth, MA. At the Westover AFB Airfield in Chicopee, MA, Shea Concrete provided runway light can bases. “The contractor was looking to reduce the amount of interruption on site, so precast was a better option,” said Stratis. “Precast is a great alternative to manufacturing on site, especially at airports where delays cause major problems.” Shea Concrete also recently supplied block and engineering for a 20-foot high gravity ReCon Retaining Wall and provided boat ramp slabs for a boat launch in Lynn, MA.

Said Stratis, “We are poised for further organizational growth in an industry that has much to offer contractors and engineers to make their jobs easier.”

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