The history of City Concrete goes back over sixty years and encompasses changes in the name, the location and the size of operation, but the ethics and ideals that are the foundation of City Concrete, Inc. remain constant.
City Concrete, Inc. traces its origins to Wichita Falls, Texas, circa 1946. It was then that Thomas C. Foley and his partners Jack D. Foley and John Gavin started the Wichita Sand and Gravel Company. Wichita Sand & Gravel (WS&G) grew by adding manpower and equipment and became the premier concrete supplier to the rapidly expanding oil boomtown of Wichita Falls.
WS&G began operations receiving cement by rail and loading the sacks by hand into the mixer truck. WS&G also had sand and gravel plants and, with the help of the Halliburton Company of Duncan, Oklahoma, the first pneumatic cement storage and handling facility west of the Mississippi River. The first trucks used to deliver concrete included used 1942 International R-900 trucks equipped with 2 cubic yard Jaeger transit mixers.
In 1960, WS&G was purchased by the Gifford-Hill Company of Dallas, but continued to be operated for a number of years by T.C. Foley and Jack Foley. In time, T.C. Foley and Jack Foley had the chance to purchase their primary competitor in Wichita Falls, the C.C. Pitts Company. Based in Wichita Falls, the C.C. Pitts Company had many ready mix concrete batch plants in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma, including Altus, Lawton, Hollis, Wichita Falls, Burkburnett and Bowie. This purchase created City Concrete, Inc.
City Concrete, Inc., sold the smaller and mostly unprofitable satellite operations and retained the Wichita Falls plants. In 1972, T.C. Foley sold Plant no. 2, on the north side of Wichita Falls near the then rapidly expanding Sheppard Air Force Base, to longtime friend and business associate, Arthur Litteken. From this sale, the OK Concrete Company was formed and with Mr. Litteken’s guidance, the company continues to thrive today. Around the same time, City Concrete, Inc. moved from the old C.C. Pitts location to a new location with easy access to all of the major arteries in town. We continue to base our operations there today.
In 1976, T.C. Foley and Jack Foley sold their interest in the company to Paul and John Foley, sons of T.C. Foley. Paul and John expanded the operation with an interest in a concrete plant in Bowie in 1980 and serviced several other projects with portable concrete plants.
Things went very well until the oil bust in 1984, at which time the plant in Bowie was sold and business in general slowed down in much of Texas. Around this time, John Foley left the business for a ranch in West Texas, where he operated more than 25,000 acres in sheep and goat country. Paul Foley remains in the business as president of City Concrete, Inc..
Although a lot has changed, much stays the same. City Concrete, Inc. is still the premier concrete supplier in the Wichita Falls area. Additionally, we have operaions in Iowa Park and Rhome. Iowa Park serves the areas west of Wichita Falls and Rhome serves the northwest portion of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. What separates us from others is our people, whom are outstanding and continue to operate with the ethics and ideals that T.C. Foley started with in 1946.
Things have changed considerably since 1946: Then: Today: Used 1942 International 2 cubic yard mixers New International 10.5 cubic yard mixers Loaded cement sacks by hand Pneumatic cement transfer Loaded 2 cubic yards in 10 minutes Load 10 cubic yards in 2 minutes