Supplier expands national distribution


Kent Companies is the nation's largest supplier of MacLean Civil Products. Courtesy Kent Companies

A Grand Rapids construction company is expanding its supply division.

Kent Companies announced earlier this month it is expanding its Construction Supply division, which will make it the nation’s largest supplier of MacLean Civil Products.

Kent Companies is a Grand Rapids-based, third-generation concrete construction firm with operations in Detroit, Dallas, central Ohio and Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Construction supply is a natural extension of our concrete construction specialties,” Kent Companies CEO Jeff VanderLaan said in a press release. “We offer our customers deep expertise in the design and construction of foundations that are structurally sound — and the best products to bring those designs to life.”

The expansions stems from an agreement with Ark-La-Tex Helical Distributors in Marshall, Texas, which allows a new, larger distribution point. With the new distribution point, Kent Companies now services Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Virginia.

The division of Kent Companies also offers professional development seminars.

“We add value to every level of the supply chain for engineering firms and commercial contractors across our network,” said Mike Wegman, Kent Companies construction supply vice president. “We have proven ourselves time and time again in an industry that often faces supply and scheduling issues. We maintain a sizable inventory of steel piers and brackets in key regional markets.

“We are able to fulfill large orders quickly and deploy products to meet the most demanding schedules.”

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