This month we are pleased to feature Lindsay Precast Inc. as part of our Meet a Precaster blog series. Answers were provided by Randy Lindsay-Brisbin, vice president and director and Michael Hoffman, general manager.
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Q: Where are you located?
A: Lindsay Precast operates manufacturing plants in Ohio, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and South Carolina. Our products are shipped throughout North America and globally.
Q: How did your company get its start?
A: Roland Lindsay Sr. started making precast septic tanks in 1961 in northeastern Ohio. As an excavator who became frustrated with the limited availability of quality precast tanks in his service area, he started pouring his own tanks at night. Since 1961, Roland and Linda Lindsay have built Lindsay Precast into one of the most respected family-owned precast concrete manufacturers in the United States. Through their leadership, dedication, sacrifice and hard work, they have created a business with a strong and stable future.
Q: Did Lindsay Precast recently change its name?
A: Yes, formerly Lindsay Precast Products with subsidiaries Southern Precast, Stayright Precast and Firebaugh Precast, the company recently rebranded under the unified name of Lindsay Precast.
Q: What does “protecting what matters” mean?
A: All of our products seek to provide solutions to problems that our customers are trying to solve. Fundamentally, what our products do is protect things that we value – whether that is box culverts and storm drainage structures that protect our nation’s road systems; underground utility vaults that protect our nation’s energy infrastructure structure; precast security vaults that protect our money and valuables; or precast crypts and columbaria that honor our military heroes in our nation’s veteran cemeteries. All of the products serve a common goal – protecting what matters.
Q: What value does NPCA bring to your company and to the industry?
A: NPCA brings a commitment to quality processes, systems and products. Through its education programs and plant certification program, NPCA has a major positive impact on the quality of precast products found and demanded in the marketplace. Four of Lindsay Precast’s plants were inaugural members of the NPCA Plant Certification program and today have been certified for more than 25 years. A fifth plant has been certified for 10 years.
Q: How have the relationships you’ve developed through NPCA membership impacted your business?
A: Lindsay Precast is proud of its long involvement with NPCA. Roland and Linda Lindsay were at the very first NPCA Convention held in Dayton, Ohio, in 1965. Three executives of Lindsay Precast have served as Chairman of the Board and a fourth currently sits on the Board. The growth and success of Lindsay Precast is tied directly to its investment with NPCA and the multi-generational, professional and personal relationships that have developed with so many of its members over the years.
Q: What’s the most interesting or unique precast project you’ve worked on?
A: Without a doubt, the most interesting project we worked on was the security vaults and doors for our country’s Charters of Freedom: The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These vaults are housed in the National Archives Building in Washington D.C. and protect the documents when they are not on display in the rotunda.
Q: What drives you and your employees to produce quality precast concrete products?
A: Like most precasters we know, precast is an addiction and we are always trying to find the next product or a better way to produce our existing ones.
Q: What makes precast concrete an even better product today than it has ever been in the past?
A: Precast has always been the best product, we just have technology that allows producers to be more creative than ever before. For example, improvements in mix designs such as SCC allow for near perfect finishes on products and shapes that might not have been possible with traditional mixes. Advancements with formliners allow us to make our concrete products look more realistic and unique for creative project designs. And finally, better tooling is more reputable, holds tighter tolerance, and is more efficient to use.
Q: How do you see the precast concrete industry – and your company in particular – evolving in the future?
A: The past 50 years have witnessed monumental changes in the industry and our company. We look forward to future years of hard work, innovation and strong relationships with other precasters that help continue to grow our company as well as the precast concrete products industry – all with the ultimate goal of protecting what matters.
The opinions expressed in this blog post are solely those of the member, and not of NPCA or any of its employees.