Productive and reliable Komatsu equipment
Consolidated Materials is a relatively
new player in the material-supply
business, but it’s building that business
based on tried-and-true values. The
company began in 2011, when it bought an
existing limestone quarry in Kirkland, Ill.,
southeast of Rockford. It added to its
aggregate supply capabilities in 2013 by
purchasing a sand and gravel operation
near Marengo, Ill., in 2013.
“We’re trying to build Consolidated
Materials through strong relationships
based on being a reliable and costeffective
producer,” said Vice President of
Operations Tom Kelecius. “Our goal is to
provide value for the contractors, concrete
producers and asphalt producers we work
with. We focus primarily on the northwest
suburbs because that’s where our pits are,
but we’ve taken specialty limestone products
to downtown Chicago and beyond.”
Consolidated Materials works with a wide
range of customers.
“Our philosophy is that no customer is
too large or too small,” Kelecius added.
“We’ll work with concrete producers that
will take 100,000 tons a year, as well as a
guy with a pickup who’s doing a small
house project. Our calling cards are top
quality and outstanding service. We know
how important it is to get trucks in and
out of a quarry quickly, which is why, at
Consolidated, we try to routinely get drivers
out in 15 minutes or less.”
Consolidated Materials currently employs
eight people. The company has crushers
at both quarries to produce spec material.
Grant Lee oversees quality control from a lab
at Kirkland to ensure that the products are
IDOT-certified for quality and gradation.
Productive Komatsu equipment
To produce aggregate, Consolidated
Materials has four Komatsu WA500 wheel
loaders and a Komatsu PC300 excavator in
its quarry operations. The company uses
wheel loaders to feed the crushers and
load trucks, while it uses the excavator for
“Two of our Komatsu wheel loaders came
to us in the quarry acquisitions, and we
were impressed with them,” said Kelecius.
“We bought our newest wheel loader and
the excavator from Roland Machinery and
Sales Rep John Ross. They’ve been excellent
machines for us – productive and reliable.
We’ve had no issues whatsoever. Our operators
like Komatsus because they are comfortable.
We like that they’re very fuel-efficient.
“Dealer support is important to us. John
and Roland have been excellent to work
with. We haven’t had to call on them for
service very often, because the equipment
has been so reliable, but they have a branch
in Marengo, which is very close by, so that’s
a plus for us.”
Since taking over the quarries,
Consolidated Materials has increased both
production and sales.
“Reconstruction of the eastbound
Interstate 90 toll road from Rockford to
the northwest suburbs kept us very busy
during the last couple of years,” said
Kelecius. “We supplied much of the stone
for the project, and a lot of our sand went
into the concrete paving mixes. They still
have tollway work from Elgin to O’Hare,
so we hope to get our share of that project.
We also want to increase our business with
Moving forward, Kelecius says
Consolidated Materials is still upgrading
both quarries and intends to upgrade its
equipment as well.
“Our intention is to continue to grow, so if an
opportunity that would benefit our company
as a whole presents itself, we will certainly
consider it. The bottom line for us is meeting
our customers’ needs in the most cost-effective
manner possible. If we continue to do that,
we’re confident about what lies ahead.”