Kirkpatrick Concrete, Inc. began operations in 1892 and is one of the oldest concrete companies operating in Alabama.
Kirkpatrick is headquartered in Birmingham and serves both private and public sectors. With 23 ready-mix concrete plants in Alabama, facilities are located from the northeast corner of the state to the metro Montgomery area.
In addition to ready-mix concrete, Kirkpatrick offers concrete technical services including concrete mix design and verification services, project support and field troubleshooting. All sales and operations management personnel are ACI certified technicians.
Central Dispatch: Shelby, Jefferson, St. Clair, and Talladega Counties
In central Alabama, Kirkpatrick Concrete uses a Central Dispatch to manage delivery of ready mix product with a fleet of 39 Mixer trucks and Operators. We have two full time dispatch personnel who have experience at delivering ready mix product and running plants. Both our dispatchers are ACI & ALDOT certified to further enhance their ability to service our customer base.
With this expertise they understand the challenges to both the customer and delivery personnel. We strive to deliver ready mix products with the best quality, by professional mixer operators in a timely manner. Central dispatch gives us the opportunity to manage the fleet more efficiently with access to a larger pool of operators and trucks. For any of your Ready Mix needs in the Central Alabama area contact Central Dispatch at 205-323-8394.
When the company was founded on June 24, 1892 as Kirkpatrick & Company, mule teams were used to made deliveries from a Morris Avenue warehouse.
The pride of Kirkpatrick's fleet in the roaring 20's, a 1920 model Federal truck ready for downtown Birmingham deliveries.
A modern vehicle for its day, the delivery truck boasted solid rubber tires, hand crank and carbide lights. The Federal Motor Truck Company was an American truck manufacturer headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.
In the 1930 Birmingham City Directory, Kirkpatrick listed 43 different products.
Ironically, none of them were ready-mix concrete. In those days, the aggregates and cloth bags of cement were delivered for on-site mixing.
Until the end of World War II, Kirkpatrick used four 2-cubic yard horizontal mixer trucks still loading them from cloth bags.
To prepare for the building boom that was predicted after the war, the company first installed an overhead cement bin to eliminate the handling of cloth bags.
Pictured, one of the first concrete plants located in downtown Birmingham.
This Kirkpatrick plant built in 1945 was operated until the 1950's and was fed by bucket conveyor.
In 1966, Kirkpatrick installed a semi-automatic C.S. Johnson ready-mix plant with a four yard mixer.
At the same time, the company established two dry-batch satellite plants.
By the 1970's, Kirkpatrick operated a Rexnord ten-yard capacity mix plant with fully automatic batching controlled by punch cards.
During this era of time, the company began centralizing its operations utilizing the region's newly completed major highways.
Kirkpatrick was in high demand during Birmingham's building boom of the 1980s.
Major projects included the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, UAB, new shopping malls, hospitals, highways and interstates.
In 1992, Kirkpatrick marked its 100th year of service to central Alabama.
Reflecting on its 100-year history, company leaders noted that Kirkpatrick's service was just as important as its concrete.
During the dawn of the 21st century, Kirkpatrick continued its long record of service.
In 2016, Kirkpatrick enhanced its long-term communication goals via ConcreteSouth.
The growth of customer relationships is more important that short term growth projections to everyone in our company.