UCP Precast Deck Panels Featured in PCI Spotlight
  » 9/8/2015

UCP is honored that the precast deck panels we produced for the reconstruction of the Peoria Street Bridge in Chicago were recently featured in the Precast Concrete Spotlight published by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI).   

This project was the first to use precast deck panels of this type in Illinois, and UCP is proud to be the first producer of this product in the state. 

For more in depth information on the project click here.  

  UCP Summer Newsletter
  » 8/18/2015

Click here to read our Summer Newsletter and learn about our recent projects, dispatch department, and our new YouTube channel.

  UCP Intern Awarded Scholarship
  » 7/27/2015

Check out this impressive article written about Hailey Hoaglund, a recent Morris graduate who has interned at UCP the past two summers.  We are very proud of her accomplishments, and wish her all the best at Purdue this fall.

Click here to read the article.


  UCP Spring Newsletter
  » 4/30/2015

To read about our recent projects, new employees, and other happenings here at UCP click here.

  UCP Winter Newsletter
  » 12/22/2014

Take a look at our 2014 Winter Newsletter to learn more about our recent projects and happenings by clicking here.

  UCP Matching Gift Campaign Assists in Bringing Drinking Water to Honduras
  » 11/3/2014

Utility Concrete Products is very pleased to announce the success of our matching gift campaign with the Engineers without Borders Armenta, Honduras Project. We wish The Armenta Project tremendous success as they continue to help the people of Honduras with this special cause.

To learn more about The Armenta Water Distribution Project visit their website: http://ewbarmentaprogram.org/

Interact with them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArmentaWaterProject

View a video with more information about the program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6K0ig3olDk

  UCP Stimulates Young Minds By Providing Internships
  » 7/7/2014

MORRIS – Hailey Hoaglund will be starting her senior year at Morris Community High School this fall, but the teenager already has her sights set on a master’s degree.
Hoaglund said she dreams of becoming an engineer, like her father, and hopes her upcoming summer internship with Utility Concrete as an assistant project engineer will propel her toward a full-time career.
She is one of 17 local high school students or recent graduates interning with major companies through a Grundy County summer internship program.
“I thought it would be a good experience. It’s also good on a résumé. I want to be a groundbreaking engineer, so this is a great start as well as a good job,” Hoaglund said.
Aside from providing hands-on experience, several of the internships are paid, which is a bonus for students like Hoaglund, who would otherwise work a low-paying summer job.
“Why would I work at Burger King when I could work at an engineering place?” she said.
The internship program was founded last year by the Grundy Area Vocational Center and the Grundy Economic Development Council, with help from state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, local educators and a small group of local companies.
Founding members of the program gathered Wednesday morning at a breakfast to celebrate the program’s second year and welcome this summer’s interns.
“It’s been a great program. We’re growing every year,” GEDC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Norton Ammer said.
Five companies added internship programs this year, bringing the total to eight participating businesses. The number of students also increased, from 12 last year to 17 this year.
“We’re starting to really put a marriage together of students and companies,” GAVC director Lance Copes said.
Local educators and employers hope the program will entice students to stay in Grundy County. Ammer said too often, the county loses its best and brightest after they go away to college.
Rezin said on her tours of local industrial plants, several managers told her they were forced to hire engineers from 50 to 60 miles away, because they couldn’t find qualified candidates within Grundy County.
“I am convinced that we have the best vocational center in the state right here in this county,” Rezin said of GAVC. “And we have the industry that will use everybody that they’re educating, as well.”
Many of the students introduced Wednesday said they will be traveling to other states to start college in the fall. Ammer said the program provides a firsthand look at excellent career opportunities within Grundy.
“The first response when most kids come to our facility is, ‘Wow, I didn’t even know this was here,’” Aux Sable operations officer Jeff White said. “It just kind of opens their eyes.”
With more awareness of the program, internships were highly competitive this year. Copes said 178 applicants applied for positions in the program, but only 17 were chosen after a rigorous interview process.
Some of the students have started their jobs, like Kaitlin Friend from Morris Community High School, who is a marketing intern for Stormtrap.
“This is actually our first year in the internship program,” Stefanie Geiss, of Stormtrap, said. “Katie has been with us for about two weeks now and she’s done a great job. We’re lucky to have her.”
GAVC 2014 internship recipients and their schools
Aux Sable LP
• Lukas Terhall, Morris
• Michael Grayson, Minooka
• Jacob Beaudin, Minooka
• Kelly Kolotka, Morris
• Angel Dinelli, Morris
• Josie Hyslop, Gardner South Wilmington
• Molly Schultz, Gardner South Wilmington
• Brittany Jezik, Coal City
• Lauren Daniels, Gardner South Wilmington
Morris Hospital
• Clayton Labaj, Morris
Rezin Orthopedics
• Thomas Luna, Minooka
• Alex Wills, Coal City
• Kaitlin Friend, Morris
US Cold Storage
• Samuel Allen, Morris
• Shannon Norton, Minooka
Utility Concrete
• Hailey Hougland, Morris
• Joseph Wiegmann, Minooka

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 8:47 p.m. CDT in the Morris Daily Herald



  UCP Now Accepts Credit Cards
  » 2/27/2014

Tired of writing checks for small dollar amounts? Interested in expediting your order? We listened to our customers and are happy to announce that UCP now accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express! The cards can be used to pay open invoices, COD shipments and down payments. Just have your card ready when you send in an order. UCP is prepared to process the transaction quickly, over the phone.

  StormTrap Hires David Plummer as President of StormTrap, LLC
  » 7/23/2013

Utility Concrete Products, LLC, congratulates StormTrap, LLC, a leading provider of stormwater management systems, in the recent hiring of David Plummer as President of StormTrap, LLC and Worldwide StormTrap, LLC effective March 18, 2013.

“To realize the full potential of our StormTrap business, I am pleased to confirm the appointment of David Plummer as President of StormTrap, LLC,” said Russell Hawken, owner of StormTrap.

Plummer brings over thirty years of leadership and business development experience in the construction materials industry to StormTrap. His career started in the UK concrete industry in 1981 selling ready-mix concrete. This experience provided the foundation for more senior management roles in the UK.

In 1996, after completing an executive program at IMD Business School, Plummer immigrated to the USA and led businesses in Colorado, New Mexico and Virginia for Lafarge. In 2003, David joined Boral Industries to acquire and manage four companies in Oklahoma & Colorado. For the past three years, David was based in Chicago leading the Prairie Materials Group.

“David is very well respected within the industry,” commented Russell Hawken. “StormTrap looks forward to the opportunity to work with David to lead us in our next major phase of growth.”

  Philip Burkhart, President of StormTrap and Vice-President of Utility Concrete Products Retires
  » 7/23/2013

Utility Concrete Products, LLC and StormTrap, LLC announce that Philip Burkhart, President of StormTrap and Vice-President of Utility Concrete Products, has retired. Burkhart officially retired on December 31, 2012, after an impressive 30-year career.

Burkhart started his relationship with Utility Concrete Products by providing electrical contracting services to the company. He was later officially hired on as a Sales Engineer in 1985 and progressed from Utility Concrete Products’ Sales Manager to Vice-President in 1993. He played an integral role in the development of StormTrap, a precast stormwater management system. This led to the inception of StormTrap, LLC in 2002. Burkhart was named President of StormTrap in 2002, a role he held until retirement. During his career, both companies saw remarkable growth under his leadership.

“Philip has been an instrumental partner in the companies’ growth and we wish him the best as he begins his retirement,” said Russ Hawken, owner of Utility Concrete Products and StormTrap. “He will be greatly missed by his friends and co-workers.”

Philip has been an active member in the precast concrete industry and from 2002 to 2009 served on the Board of Directors for the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA); an international trade association representing manufacturers of plant produced precast concrete products. He was elected Chairman of the Board for the 2007-2008 year.

“I wish Utility Concrete Products and StormTrap continued success and will be in the bleachers now cheering them on. These are great companies with a great future,” stated Burkhart.

  UCP becomes PCI Certified Plant
  » 2/7/2013

In response to UCP’s continually growing product offerings, we are pleased to announce that we successfully became a PCI Certified Plant in 2011. Our plant equipment, operations, personnel and procedures have passed rigid inspection by an independent consulting engineering firm retained by PCI. Thus, we have been awarded the distinction of “PCI Certified Plant.”

  UCP becomes Stone Strong Systems Producer
  » 2/5/2013

ECI Concrete, a licensed Stone Strong dealer, approached UCP to produce the modular retaining wall blocks in late 2010 and initial production began in early 2011. Stone Strong blocks provide contractors a fast, economical, and aesthetically pleasing retaining wall option. From very short walls to heights of 40 feet with proper engineering, Stone Strong Systems offers retaining wall solutions for nearly all jobsites.