WHO WE ARE?
Our Story: 1962 to Present
Our company was founded in 1962 by George R. Roberts. George was an excavating contractor who wanted to grow his business by installing Septic Tanks.
As his business grew, he found that Septic Tanks were not always available when needed, so rather than relying on someone else and working around their schedule, he decided to begin making them himself. This “side” business of manufacturing and delivering precast concrete Septic Tanks soon outgrew the excavating business, so he began making Septic Tanks on a full-time basis.
The business grew through the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s by specializing in residential and light-commercial concrete products. Up to that point in time, the shop was located on Federal Street in Alfred, Maine, adjacent to the Roberts home.
In 1984 George and his wife, Gladys, decided that the company had outgrown its original facility and moved the business to its current location on Route 111 in Alfred.
In 1985 the Company was purchased by Allan Martin and William Nichols. Al and Bill’s mission was to grow the company into a regional leader in the Precast Concrete Industry.
Under the daily leadership of Al Martin, the company expanded into the commercial market by adding manholes and catch basins, commercial septic tanks, sewage pumping stations and utility products. The company grew at a tremendous rate during this time, mirroring the regional construction industries growth. In 1997, the Company expanded into the precast step business. The Step Guys have become an integral part of the Company’s product mix experiencing steady growth year after year.
After guiding the Company’s growth for 21 years, Al Martin retired from on-site activity in 2006. At that time, Al promoted longtime employee, Tim Cook to President of the Company. Under Tim’s direction the company continued to grow and in 2013 a new 8,600 square foot production building was built. The new building houses two 25 ton overhead bridge cranes, doubling the previous lifting capacity at the George Roberts Company. In January of 2015, after 9 years at the helm of George Roberts and 21 years overall, Tim decided to leave the Company for an opportunity much closer to home. So Al selected Steve Ray, a 10-year employee of the Company and a 30-year precast concrete veteran, to take over as President of the George Roberts.
After more than 50 years in business, the George R. Roberts Company strives to be a key partner with all of its customers. Our emphasis on customer support, prompt service and quality products has allowed us to develop and maintain many long term relationships with customers throughout New England, and to make Al and Bill’s vision in 1985 a reality.