WQI Welcomes CMC
I am happy to announce that on May 1, 2019, Wendling Quarries, Inc, purchased the Iowa assets of Coots Materials Company (CMC). We are honored to have been approached by Dave and Mary Coots, along with Tyneal (their daughter) and Jody Herger, to purchase their company. The offer was largely a result of a longstanding friendship between Dave Coots and Tony Manatt. Wendling Quarries and Coots Materials have competed in the Benton County area since we bought out B.L. Anderson’s quarries in that area in 1995, but Tony and Dave’s friendship endured. Manatt’s ready mix plant in Vinton has been a long-time customer of CMC as well. This contributed to a relationship that ultimately led to Wendling Quarries being offered the opportunity to purchase this family owned and operated business.
Coots Sand Company was founded by Floyd and Gwen Coots (Dave’s parents) on May 1, 1958, with Floyd’s purchase of a sand and gravel dredging operation. In 1962, they expanded their operations to include limestone production and changed the name to Coots Materials Company. At that same time, they got into the trucking and lime spreading business. Dave entered into partnership with his father in 1976 and then became the sole owner of the company when Floyd and Gwen retired in 1985. Mary joined the company that year as a scale operator and took on the accounting duties left behind by Gwen. Dave served as president of the Iowa Limestone Producers Association in 1992. In the 2000’s, Mary handed off the financial and human resources work to her daughter, Tyneal Herger. Likewise, although Dave remained heavily involved, he handed off much of the day-to-day operations to his son-in-law, Jody Herger. In other words, CMC has been a family business in the truest sense – passed down and through multiple generations. The time came, however, when Dave and Mary were ready to retire and Tyneal and Jody were ready to focus their energies on other endeavors. So, they decided to sell the company – a difficult decision for all of them, especially because of the sacrifice it took to get where they are and the pride and care they have for their employees. I believe that’s why they chose Wendling Quarries as a prospective buyer for their company – they believed we would take care of the people that worked so hard to help them build a great company. Now they have entrusted us to do so and we will not let them down.
In purchasing Coots Materials Company, 19 new folks have joined our family business. A very warm welcome to all of you. Thank you for having the faith in us to place your futures in our hands. It’s always interesting to discover how different companies achieve similar goals and we look forward to sharing knowledge and incorporating each other’s ideas. In addition to the opportunity the new people will bring, we have added several key assets through this deal:
- A shop and office in Vinton
- Coots Quarry
- Jabens Quarry
- Coots Sandpit
- Additional land and reserves
- Portable crushing spread
- Stationary wash plant
- Stationary sand plant and dredge
- Material delivery trucks
Although initiated through Tony, the process of purchasing CMC was an all-hands-on-deck effort that took a lot of coordination and hard work from many people. I’d like to thank John Ahlberg, Steve Bohlken, Rita Crist, John Kulper, Herb Miller, Todd Miller, Luke Moubry, Joyce Paulsen, Matt Petersen, John Tuthill, and Wendell Wuestenberg for all of their contributions. A special thanks to Andy Day from Manatt’s for taking time out of his normal schedule to assist us with human resources. Finally, a special thank you to Matt Lehan and his team at CLA and our legal team Randy Scholer and Amanda D´Amico for helping. This was an extraordinary effort by a great team of truly dedicated individuals.