Back in 1952, farm owner Al Wieser began working full-time at the West Channel Block Factory in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, with his brother-in-law, Frank Mader, in order to support his wife, Malinda, and their 18 children.
Al continued working there for six years while still maintaining the family farm, but in 1958, Al and Frank decided it was time to do something else, leading them to start their own business, Wie-Mar Concrete Products. Their company mainly produced septic tanks and dry wells until the fall of 1964, when Al and Frank parted ways. In December of 1964, Al formed Al’s Concrete Products. While still producing septic tanks and dry wells, Al expanded his offerings to include some agriculture products, such as feed bunks. In 1968, Al purchased the franchise for Minnesota to manufacture and install ADL manure pits, and later in his career, also purchased the Atlas Crypt and manufacturing company.
In 1973, Al sold Al’s Concrete Products to his son, Charlie, and the Atlas Crypt and manufacturing company to his son, Dick. Al continued to farm on his property south of the precast plant and help his sons up until December 31, 1993, when he passed away at age 76. Charlie, along with his wife Joanne, brothers Ed and Terry Wieser, sons Bruce and Ben, as well as many employees, worked to ensure the continued growth of Al’s Concrete Products. The business began within one building measuring 30’x50’. A few years after Charlie purchased Al’s, he added a truck garage and office. In 1979, he built the new manufacturing plant, which is 80’x165’, and in 1999, added another manufacturing bay measuring 40’x170’. In 2012, the front side of the plant was expanded onto after installing new batching equipment and a mixer. Now, the buildings and storage yard sit on about six acres total.
Throughout Charlie’s ownership, he worked very closely with his sons Bruce and Ben, passing on his knowledge of the precast concrete business. Sadly, in May of 2015, Charlie passed away suddenly in the morning while getting ready for work. Bruce and Ben continued the business, maintaining the hard work Charlie and his father had put into Al’s Concrete over so many years.
Today, Al’s Concrete has 13 employees including Bruce and Ben. While septic tanks are still one of our main products, we also manufacture many products for the agricultural industry, such as bunker silos, feed bunks, cattle slats, precast concrete walls for dairy parlors, machine sheds, and insulated wall panels for commercial buildings. Our operation currently has 8 trucks for delivery and installation. We use a Mixer Systems 1.5 yard planetary mixer to make SCC concrete, along with 5 bridge cranes ranging in sizes of 5 to 10 tons, and 4 fork trucks ranging in size from 8,000 to 32,000 lbs. As a third generation, family owned and operated business, we are proud of our past and excited for the future.