BARD buys Prairie Ready Mix

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By Correne Martin


BARD Materials, of Dyersville, Iowa, officially purchased Prairie Ready Mix, Inc., a Prairie du Chien company, on July 1. This includes only the concrete and aggregate assets of the privately-held ready mix plants in Prairie du Chien, Boscobel and Richland Center, owned by Dillman family.

BARD was started in 1946 by Bill Mescher and Art Thier, as Dyersville Sand and Gravel Company. As it grew, acquired purchases and welcomed the founders’ sons on board, the company adopted the name BARD to represent Bill and Art, as well as their sons, Roger Mescher and Dennis Thier. Today, Chad Thier is the third generation vice-president running the family trade.

“For us, Prairie Ready Mix bolted on nice to our current operations,” Chad said, of the acquisition. “With our plants in Dodgeville, Fennimore and Lancaster, we’ve tapped into that market before. We were good competitors. We thought we could make it work and have some efficiencies.”

BARD works with the do-it-yourselfer on up to the larger contractors mainly in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois, according to Jenni Ostwinkle Silva, communication and education director. “We have plants from Animosa to Prairie du Chien and Richland Center, to Monroe and down to Stockton.

Chad noted that any employee of Prairie Ready Mix who wanted to retain employment was offered the opportunity to do so with BARD.

“We’re happy to be in the community,” he said.

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