The company was established in 1882 at Ash Grove, Missouri, as the Ash Grove White Lime Association. It commenced cement manufacture in 1908, with a plant at Chanute, Kansas. It now has an annual cement manufacturing capacity of nearly 9 million tons, from 9 plants:
The company makes Portland cements, flyash cements, masonry cements, oilwell cements and soil stabilizers. It also operates a lime plant in Oregon, many ready-mix concrete plants in the Midwest, and a limestone quarry at Blubber Bay, Texada Island, British Columbia.