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FLEET MANAGEMENT

"Our typical job is 20 minutes away." -Mathew Clarage, corporate
maintenance manager

Concrete Advantage

PRAIRIE MATERIAL KEEPS THE CONCRETE FLOWING
IN CHALLENGING CONTINUOUS POURS AND WITH
FEEDBACK FROM A UNIQUE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM.
>PRAIRIE MATERIAL

// Prairie Material delivers ready-mix concrete
in Illinois and Indiana from approximately 32
plants in the two states.

BY RUSS GAGER

Ready-mix concrete is a time-sensitive, perishable cargo that frequently
requires continuous short runs, sometimes over long periods of time. "We're
a local delivery company, and it's all
short-haul," Prairie Material Corporate Maintenance Manager Matthew
Clarage emphasizes. "Our typical job is
20 minutes away."
Long hours are typical. "Everything is
timed to the minute," points out Brian

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Kron, fleet maintenance manager for the
northern suburban group in Chicago.
"We keep very tight schedules and keep
the trucks on the road delivering material." Continuous pours - such as for a
new runway Prairie Material has been
pouring for the past year at Chicago's
O'Hare International Airport - may have
trucks lining up from 3 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Prairie Material delivers ready-mix
concrete in Illinois and Indiana from
approximately 20 plants in the Chicago

-------------------------------------- [ PROFILE ]
Prairie Material
www.prairie.com
Projected 2014 revenue: $190 million
Headquarters: Bridgeview, Ill.
Employees: 1,000
Specialty: Ready-mix concrete and aggregates
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area, seven in central Illinois and five in
central Indiana. In 2008, Prairie Material
became a member company of Votoran-


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