Shelby Materials

Indianapolis, Indiana 46203
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Our Story

THE FOUNDATION OF SHELBY

1946 | 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 GRAVEL

1951 | 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 & SHELBYVILLE

Throughout 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 GROWTH

1970 | 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 INDUSTRY

1980 | 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 DEMANDS

As 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 projectsApril 1,1997 | Shelby Gravel Inc. begins doing business as Shelby Materials.

THE LEGACY CONTINUES

Third 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 TECHNOLOGY

From 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.

What We Do

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Company Information

Year Established:
1951
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Company Size:
100-249 Employees
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Associations & Memberships

GCBAA (Golf Course Builders Assn. of America)
IMAA (Indiana Mineral Aggregates Assn.)
IRMCA (Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Assn.)
NRMCA (National Ready Mixed Concrete Assn.)

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