United Concrete & Gravel Ltd
United Concrete & Gravel Ltd is a 100% locally owned and operated company serving the entire Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada. In 1977, brothers Dave and Paul Zacharias started Ever-Redi Concrete Products Ltd in Quesnel with two ready-mix trucks, one loader, and a basic batch plant. Today United Concrete & Gravel Ltd (as it was renamed in the early 1990’s) has grown to over 75 employees with three locations in Quesnel, Williams Lake and 100 Mile House. It serves all areas of the Cariboo, from Anahim Lake to Nazco to the Interlakes, with ready-mix concrete, gravel & topsoil, and blocks.
Enviro-Grit Abrasive, used as a sandblasting abrasive, was developed and manufactured internally at our Quesnel plant by Dave Zacharias. He was inspired to create a healthier sandblasting abrasive option for the sandblasting industry as a result of health issues affecting sandblasting industry workers as a whole. Dave started with Chilcotin Basalt as an abrasive and added ground glass, eventually moving to a 100% ground glass abrasive called Enviro-Grit Abrasive. After a few years of research and development, and much trial and error, he had created a unique technology to transform waste glass into a sandblasting abrasive. Today we are one of the leading sandblasting abrasives in the industry. Enviro-Grit sandblasting abrasive is still manufactured at our Quesnel plant.
In 2008, after recognizing a need in the glass recycling market for a glass processor, to make furnace ready recycled glass for the glass bottle manufacturing industry, Enviro-Corp Recycling was added to the business. Enviro-Corp Recycling takes post-consumer glass, color separates, crushes, screens, removing impurities such as, paper, metal, and aluminum, to produce a clean glass, ready to be melted and made into new bottles. The Enviro-Corp Recycling plant is located in Abbotsford, BC and processes approximately 60,000 tons of recycled glass per year.