At Anchor Block Company, we have a proud 100-year history of designing and manufacturing innovative concrete landscape and masonry products in the Midwest. We design an extensive line of products to support and complement any environment. We partner with contractors, architects, engineers, dealers and retailers to bring you beautiful and enduring solutions.
From the standard gray blocks of the early 1900s to the innovative, diverse line of landscape and masonry products available today, Anchor Block Company has been a Midwest manufacturer of construction and landscape materials for 100 years. Our company’s history began in 1909, at a time when homebuilders dug foundations by hand and used horses to haul our concrete basement blocks. Starting from a single plant serving the Twin Cities and making only 10 shapes of concrete blocks, ABC has grown steadily through organic growth, acquisition and innovative product development. Construction has certainly changed since we began production, and our company has continued to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of contractors, architects, homeowners, engineers and retailers.
Anchor Block has a long history of innovation and new product development. The introduction of landscape products in the late 1980s changed the direction of the company. The signature breakthrough came in 1988 when it invented and patented a pinless, mortarless segmental retaining wall (SRW) block. The success of this design made Anchor a pioneer in the (SRW) industry. In 1989, Anchor Wall Systems (AWS) was formed to capitalize on the growing national and international demand for SRW systems. Their two prime directives were to (1) license the use of their patents to manufacturers across the country so they could produce and sell AWS products and (2) continue to develop and add new patentable products and technologies to their license portfolio. By providing extensive product research, testing and manufacturing support for their licensees, AWS has become one of the leading developers and licensors of high-quality SRW products and related technologies in the world. Using its portfolio of over 70 patents, AWS has licensed manufacturers in more than 20 countries.
Anchor Block and Anchor Wall Systems are sister companies and work closely in a number of areas. Anchor Block provides product development support, product and process testing, and market research to both AWS and its licensees. In return, AWS licensing work brings new products, processes and technologies to Anchor Block, enhancing its ability to provide these high quality products to its customers.
As Anchor Block Company enters its next century of production and innovation, we continue to focus on creating the cutting-edge, attractive building materials that our customers demand. And, we lead the industry with solutions our customers have yet to imagine. It’s that spirit of innovation and long-standing tradition of building quality products that inspires people to create beautiful, enduring environments – and helps bring them to life.