1928 - Company Founded
Founder, William Whitaker King formed a road-building company, King Engineering and Contracting. He quickly realized that the ability to supply concrete on his own projects would add to the company’s competitive advantage and formed King Building Materials.
1960 - Acquisition by Flintkote
The Flintkote Company of Canada purchased King Paving Company Ltd., parent company to King Building Materials.
1963 - Introduction of SAKRETE Products
The Flintkote Company of Canada built its first dry-mix concrete blending and packaging plant on the Oak Park gravel pit site, West of Brantford, Ontario and became the first Canadian Licensee to manufacture SAKRETE Concrete Mix.
1971 - Expansion of SAKRETE Products to the Québec Market
Flintkote purchased a dry-mix concrete blending operation in Blainville, Quebec. The SAKRETE Products group was then able to service the rapidly-growing Quebec market.
1983 - Introduction of KPM Industries Ltd.
Senior Executives purchased Road Building and SAKRETE Products divisions from the Genstar Corporation. The new parent company was named KPM Industries Ltd., the concrete packaging division was renamed King Packaged Materials Company, and the Construction Division was renamed King Paving and Materials Company.
1986 - Creation of KING Construction Products Group
King Packaged Materials Company introduced products and packaging aimed specifically toward mining and concrete restoration markets. This was the birth of King’s Construction Products Division.
1994 - Acquisition of Minequip
KPM Industries Ltd. purchased Minequip, a company that specialized in distribution and manufacturing of shotcrete, grouting and concrete placement equipment for the mining, tunneling and construction industries.
1995 - Construction of Sudbury Operations
KPM Industries Ltd. purchased a 10 acre parcel of land in the Town of Onaping Falls, to house a new plant with state-of-the-art drying, batching, and control systems. Located near Sudbury, Ontario, the plant was built to serve the Northern Ontario mining industry.
2000 - Creation of KING Masonry Products Group
King Packaged Materials Company began to produce specialty mortars and grouts for the masonry market, signifying the birth of the Masonry Products Division.
2012 - Relocation of Montreal Operations
KPM Industries Ltd. completed construction of a new 150,000 square foot production facility in Boisbriand, Quebec to supply product to the Quebec and Eastern United States market.
2016 - Expansion of Brantford Plant
KPM Industries Ltd. completed an $18 million expansion of its existing plant in Brantford, Ontario. The new facility was called “Oak Park West” and production started in July of 2016. The plant boasts 96,000 ft² of warehouse space, two new production lines, a state-of-the-art batching and drying system, and a 12 silo layout for greater operational flexibility.
KING Celebrates 85 Years in Business
Back in 1928, William Whitaker King could never have imagined that his name would appear on a piece of road-building equipment. He never could have predicted how prominent and recognizable this name would be throughout the industry, 85 years later. W.W. King would never have dreamed that his name would be known amongst backyard building enthusiasts, throughout the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. He could never have predicted that the King name would be so prominent in the underground mines of Northern Ontario and Quebec, throughout the subways of North America’s busiest and biggest cities, or on mortar silos throughout Eastern Canada.
However the King name has survived. Through economic booms, recessions and depressions, a World War, several changes in ownership, and even after the passing of W.W. King himself, the King name has not only survived, but also flourished. Through King Packaged Materials Company, King Paving & Construction Company, King Fabricating, and the King Truck Centre, the King name continues to be associated with superior quality. The name is also associated with an excellent and welcoming company at which to work.
It is rare in this day and age that a company survives long enough to celebrate 85 years in business. This accomplishment can only be attributed to significant contribution from King employees, and not only those of today, but also those who have worked under the many King companies over the past 85 years. As we reflect on the wonderful history of this great company, we have the next 85 years to look forward to. As for what the King Companies will look like in the next 85 years, it’s anyone’s guess!