Pioneer Landscape Centers, a regional supplier of landscape and hardscape materials in the western U.S., has sold its quarries to Holcim. This move will allow Pioneer Landscape Centers to expand product lines in its retail distribution centers and open new sites as opportunities arise.
“Pioneer has been running two very separate and distinct businesses under one banner,” said Executive Chairman Mark Adamson. “Quarry operations are vastly different from running retail stores, and it complicated management of our business. This sale will free us up to enhance our retail operations and better serve customers.”
Already, Pioneer has invested heavily in logistics technology under Adamson’s five years of company leadership. The company developed software to optimize delivery schedules, brought its trucking fleet in-house and trains its own drivers to circumvent the U.S. trucker shortage.
“Landscape contractors can’t afford to have crews idle on job sites with nothing to do because a delivery is late,” Adamson said. “Our investments ensure that our customers will have our products when they need them.”
Pioneer now offers automated materials placement through blower trucks that can accurately put mulch, dirt and other materials where they need to from as far as 300 feet away. The trucks also can reach green roofs in multi-level buildings.
READ MORE: Pioneer expanded its quarry operations last year | We also talked with Pioneer about quarries on a sponsored podcast in 2022
Pioneer will continue sourcing materials from the quarries it just sold so that customers can count on the quality they’ve come to expect. Along with rocks and mulch, the retail centers will expand their assortment of hardscape materials such as pavers, edging and other items.
“This sale enables us to add these items to our inventory, and that will make Pioneer much more of a one-stop shop for the contractors who trust us to supply their materials,” Adamson said. “That will save these people time and help them make money. When they succeed, we succeed.”
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