The Foundation of Shelby1946 | John D. Haehl Sr. and his brother-in-law Thomas J. Wheeler venture into the crushed stone business.They open the Cave Stone Company in Norristown, Indiana.
The Launch of Shelby Gravel1951 | Haehl and Wheeler launch Shelby Gravel. The two open a ready-mix concrete plant on the former Barker Sand & Gravel property. 1955 | Shelby lands first major construction project. General Electric’s Industrial Heating Department builds a $5 million factory in Shelbyville. Shelby Gravel ramps up adding a 6-cubic yard mixer truck with the plant only batching 1-cubic yard at a time.
Rebuilding Shelby & ShelbyvilleThroughout the decade, Shelby restructures the company for success - keeping Shelby a family owned operation. 1967 | Awarded A Major Infrastructure Contract in Shelbyville. Shelby engages a 10-year-long project to reconstruct Shelbyville city streets. Many are still used today, including McKay Road and St Joe Street. 1969 | Shelby Gravel Opens New Plant. Shelby Gravel Inc. closes the original concrete and aggregate plant and opens a new aggregate and concrete plant on the Kepley farm in Shelbyville.
Decade of Growth1970 | 2nd Generation of Haehls Join Shelby.John Haehl Jr and Philip Haehl become active in the management of Shelby Gravel, Inc. 1976 | Shelby Purchases Its First Front Discharge Truck. John D Haehl Sr. remarks, "there is no way to make any money in this business spending $75,000 on a truck." These new 10 cubic yard capacity trucks now cost $220,000. 1977 | Richard Haehl becomes active in management of Shelby Gravel, Inc
Technology Changes Industry1980 | John Haehl retires, leaving John Jr., Philip, and Richard to manage the company. 1985 | First computer batching comes to Shelby. Just in time, as Shelby works on the surge of new automotive components factories in Indiana built to serve plants across the Midwest.
Meeting & Exceeding Market DemandsAs demands for higher capacity increased, throughout the decade Shelby erects 4 New Concrete Plants, opens new Shelbyville Aggregate plant and installs a concrete reclamation system. 1991 | Shelby enters the Golf Course & Sports Field materials market. Meeting strict USGA specs with a new computer-automated sand classifying system, completes Legends of Indiana & Brickyard Crossing projects April 1,1997 | Shelby Gravel Inc. begins doing business as Shelby Materials.
The Legacy ContinuesThird generation Haehls - Matt & Aaron join Shelby Materials. 2007 | A 1.1 million square foot Pepsi Warehouse was completed by Shelby Materials. 2009 | Improved Dispatch Efficiency with Addition of Real-time GPS Truck Tracking. Dispatchers now able to anticipate where or when a truck can be best allocated.
21st Century TechnologyFrom 2010 to 2012 Shelby upgraded all its technology. Including an overhaul of concrete batching and dispatching systems and moving all resources to a centralized computing data center. The result — improved efficiency and critical logistics information delivered in real time to customers. 2012 | Parker Haehl joins Shelby, another of the 3rd generation. 2012 | Shelby opens new ready mix plant in Westfield, Indiana to serve the ever growing northside. And begins work on the New US 31 N Corridor in Hamilton County.
Shelby Materials Q.E.P.
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