This month we are pleased to feature Shea Concrete products as part of our Meet a Precaster blog series. The following answers have been provided by Greg Stratis, Manager and current NPCA Board Member.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We have three locations Amesbury, Wilmington and Rochester, Mass.
Q: How long have you been in business?
A: Shea has been in business since 1949. In September 1999 we purchased a precaster (competitor) in Amesbury, and in 2010 we were looking to expand our product line into utility products and purchased Utility Precast in Rochester.
Q: How long have you been a member of NPCA?
A: 38 years
Q: Why did you join NPCA and what are the best benefits?
A: We joined for the networking, education, to find out latest technology, to help to make a difference in the market place, etc…
Q: What products do you produce?
A: We produce anything wet cast under the sun: Septic tanks, precast stairs, manholes, box culverts, retaining walls, precast buildings, barriers, utility manholes, etc…
Q: Have you introduced any new products lately?
A: Every year I look to add new products. Diversification is the key especially in times like this. Also, our customers like going to just one source. Some of the latest products we’ve added are precast buildings, utility structures and DOT barriers.
Q: What are the top attributes of precast concrete?
A: Durability, ease of installation and customization.
Q: What has your company done to fight off the recession?
A: Diversification: We cover many markets in the residential, commercial, industrial and municipality markets.
Q: What have you see in your area as far as recovery?
A: My feeling is this is not a slow or down economy, this IS the economy. New England had a long run of exceptional growth that we just took advantage of, but luckily we were able to see the drop in enough time to expand our marketplace through product diversification and marketing to specifiers and new customers. We are looking at all projects, where in the past we may not have bothered.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We plan to maintain our philosophy as a quality precaster and to continue to have a good working relationship with our customers and specifiers. We pride ourselves on being able to provide a quality product in a timely manner to meet our customers’ needs. And, as always, we are looking for other products that can help us continue to grow.
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.
The opinions expressed in this blog post are solely those of the member, and not of NPCA or any of its employees.