A Long History of Local Ownership

Dickinson Ready Mix Co. & Concrete Products began operations in May of 1950 under the name of Ready Mix Co.  Long-time company president Jack Olin left the North Dakota Highway Patrol to become General Manager of the company in 1961. Dickinson Ready Mix Co. was one of the charter members of the North Dakota Ready Mix & Concrete Products Association when it was formed in 1966. Current General Manager, Scott Olin was hired as sales manager in 1981. His son, Ben Olin, became DRM’s Quality Control Manager in 2014 thus making the third generation of Olins at DRM.  In 1986, with the acquisition of Dickinson Concrete Products, the company expanded and diversified its product line to include concrete block, brick, precast concrete products, contractor and masonry supplies, and landscaping products. Current Products Division manager Doug Braun joined the company at that time.

Currently the company owners are Scott Olin, Mike Fisher and Suzanne Medley. In 2010 DRM built and moved into a new 15,780 sf state-of-the art batch facility/office. Today Dickinson Ready Mix Co. serves 10 counties in southwestern North Dakota with its Ready Mix operations while the Products Division has sales in 4 states.

 

Strong ties to the Growing Dickinson Community

For over 65 years, Dickinson Ready Mix has been deeply involved with the growth of Dickinson.  Some of our first jobs in 1950 were the construction of the Dickinson Dam, and the foundation for the Ray Hotel which was built on the same spot as it’s predecessor, the St. Charles Hotel which had burned down the year before.  For the next six decades, Dickinson Ready Mix has supplied the Ready Mix Concrete for all of Dickinson’s signature projects ranging from Commercial builds like the Super Walmart and the Menard’s; to the Community Projects that enhance the lives of our citizens like the Biesiot Activity Center or “Fisher Field” home of the Dickinson Blue Hawks!

The Business of Concrete

Historically DRM has supplied concrete and concrete products for public and commercial buildings, traditional stick-built homes, bridges and box culverts, curb & gutter, sidewalk and agricultural buildings and grain bins. Major projects in recent years have helped boost company sales. DRM is very proud of their role in the construction of the West River Community Center, the Super Wal-Mart and the Red Trail Energy Ethanol Plant, to name a few of those projects. Also, in recent years DRM has been able to expand sales beyond the traditional markets. Concrete intersections, ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) concrete homes, and concrete parking lots are examples of markets that have grown significantly in the past few years. Several intersections in Dickinson have gone concrete because of its durability and its resistance to rutting caused by the stopping/starting and the turning movements of traffic.  Winn Construction has partnered with Dickinson Ready Mix Company to convert several parking lots from asphalt to concrete. According to Willie Winn, “business owners appreciate the competitive first cost, long life, low maintenance and added safety they get with concrete lots.” According to Olin, “these are the markets that have the most potential for expansion and we will continue to promote them.”

DRM will continue to provide ready mix concrete for farm, commercial, and residential applications as well as supplying masonry products, precast concrete products, a complete line of contractor supplies, a complete line of landscaping products and now Logix ICF Forms. Dickinson Ready Mix Co. & Concrete Products is the Concrete Superstore for southwestern North Dakota.