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silo construction processes were au-tomated. In the 1920s, the company began manufacturing round concrete pipe, and a distinctive diamond shape was chosen as a symbol of quality for the company’s silos and grain tanks. “Every silo company had a distinc-tive design at the top, so that you could easily identify who made it,” explains Sales Manager Roy House, who started with the company 46 years ago. McPherson silos throughout Kan-sas and surrounding states can be easily identified by their “Diamond Top”. In the 1940s, Lambert Anderson’s health was failing and son Chester (Chet) took over. Under his leadership, a German process was discovered for pro-ducing concrete pipe faster and cheaper, and the company became one of the first in the United States to produce concrete pipe using the dry-cast method. Chet Anderson continued to pur-sue innovations related to concrete silos and pipes, as well as in areas like concrete blocks and burial vaults. Later developments included risers, manholes, elliptical pipe, and box cul-McP herson Concrete has built six jumpfor m concrete storage tanks–two 36 foot, two 60 ft. and two 72 foot diameter–for Mid Kansas Coop in Gr ov eland, KS. verts. After World War II, the com-pany began producing and delivering ready-mixed concrete. It now has two ready-mix plants in McPherson, one in Lindsborg and also a portable plant. In 1990, Chet’s son, Chris, took over as president, although Chet re-mained active in the company until ᭤ Response No. 811 Response No. 812 M/J GJ 81

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