This month we are pleased to feature Wieser Concrete Products as part of our Meet a Precaster blog series. The following answers have been provided by Andy Wieser, President and current NPCA Board member.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We have four precast production facilities in Wisconsin, one in Illinois, and distribution sites in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Q: How long have you been in business?
A: My father, Joe Wieser, started the business in 1965 with just himself and my mom as the only employees.
Q: How long have you been a member of NPCA?
A: We have been a member of NPCA since 1968.
Q: Why did you join NPCA and what are the best benefits?
A: We joined for the networking and supplier and peer relationships, along with learning more about the industry. The benefits have been abundant; the friendships and knowledge I have learned from members and the staff of this association are tremendous. The Plant Certification program has strengthened our company and the industry. My family believes in giving back and our employees have served the association in many capacities. I believe the association and our industry are strengthened through the service of its members. By strengthening our competitors and ourselves, we strengthen the entire precast industry and increase the use of precast.
Q: What products do you produce?
A: Septic tanks, manholes, barrier, noise/retaining wall, box culverts, utility vaults, agricultural products including feed bunk, bunker silo walls, manure storage systems, grain storage, stormwater structures, buildings, salt-sand storage, and many custom-designed precast products.
Q: Have you introduced any new products lately?
A: We are constantly improving our current product lines. We build our own forms so we are consistently redesigning our products and procedures to be more efficient and more competitive. New products are added as we see a need.
Q: What are the top attributes of precast concrete?
A: Speed of installation, quality production in a certified plant under a controlled environment, safe ‘holes’ not left open for an extended amount of time, sustainability, long-lasting and a low life-cycle cost.
Q: What has your company done to fight off the recession?
A: Diversity – we are not tied to one product line – and our willingness to jump into almost anything. With our own form fabrication ability, we feel we can produce anything and be very competitive. We spend a lot of time and effort on how to continually improve our product design, production process and costing systems. You have to know your true costs to be successful today.
Q: What have you see in your area as far as recovery?
A: We have not seen much in the way of recovery. We have seen fluctuation in many markets. Thankfully, when one area has been down another has been up to allow us to stay profitable.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Establishing and growing our market at our newest facility in Roxana, Ill. is first on the list. Over and above that, we will continue to grow and expand our company through new market opportunities and products
Please check out our past Meet a Precaster blog posts and if you’re an NPCA producer member and would like to be featured in a future Meet a Precaster post, please send an email to NPCA’s assistant director of communication, Kirk Stelsel.
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