Peltz Companies Inc.

Peltz Companies performs only a handful of roller compacted concrete (RCC) projects each year, but the size of those jobs keeps the company busy. “We focus on one to three projects a year,” President Terry Peltz says. “Staying small has allowed management to dedicate the time and resources to each project to ensure quality workmanship and profitability. Though opportunities for expansion have presented themselves, staying small has been a key to Peltz Companies’ success.”

“We’re located in western Nebraska, where very few roller compacted concrete projects exist,” says Peltz, who runs the company with his brother, Jim. But location hasn’t gotten in the way of the company’s success. Peltz Companies has constructed significant projects in major metropolitan areas throughout the country since winning its first bid for RCC work 30 years ago. When not busy with RCC projects, Peltz performs as a general construction contractor in western Nebraska.

“Since 1985 our main focus has been roller compacted concrete,” Peltz says. “We’ve stayed with that facet of the construction business.” Peltz Companies is a national leader in the RCC industry and believes the product is an excellent alternative to asphalt and traditional concrete. “Depending on project specifics, roller compacted concrete can be less expensive than asphalt or traditional concrete paving,” he says.

Today, Peltz Companies is one of a handful of companies performing RCC work on a national level. However, as RCC is becoming better known through promotion on all levels, regional and local companies are joining the marketplace. “Competition can make the market more competitive, but education, experience and adequate resources are necessary to bring each project to a successful completion,” Peltz says.

RCC Benefits 

RCC is a mixture of cement and aggregates with low water content, most often mixed through a continuous type pug mill. “The cost savings from using RCC are typically realized through faster production and reduced labor costs, Peltz says. Additionally, no reinforced steel is required. “The end product is a compacted, durable and high-strength concrete,” he says.

RCC was first used in paving projects during the 1980s and has gained momentum over the past 10 years, Peltz explains. The “alternative pavement” is often used at intermodal facilities, distribution centers and highway shoulders because of its long-term durability. 

RCC is also commonly used at trucking terminals, sea terminals and port facilities, and is catching on for city, county and rural streets and roads.

Peltz Companies recently used the product on some significant industrial projects including the Lowes Distribution Center in Rome, Ga.; the ThyssenKrupp steel mill facility in Calvert, Ala.; the Cargill feed mill in Bovina Texas; and the Jacksonville Port Authority ICTF in Jacksonville, Fla.

“Durability and high early strength are key selling points,” Peltz says. “But cost is also a major factor.” Indeed, RCC can provide savings of 25 to 30 percent when compared to conventional concrete paving costs, according to the National Ready Mix Concrete Association. RCC also has a longer lifecycle due to lower maintenance requirements.

Because RCC creates a rigid pavement, it easily withstands the load from repetitive traffic. Because it can more evenly carry heavy loads, RCC will not wear from heavy axle loads or tear from turning or braking vehicles. Similar to conventional concrete, RCC requires fewer repairs and no seal coating or resurfacing is needed. 

Experienced Team

Peltz Co. has 30 years of experience in constructing RCC projects, considerably more than any other company in the United States. The company has installed more than two million cubic yards of RCC, cement treated base, soil cement and permeable concrete for pavements and bases, Peltz says. 

Additionally, the company’s owners and key personnel have more than 100 combined years of experience in RCC and other compacted pavements. “Production, efficiency and quality are the key elements we take very seriously,” Peltz says. 

Peltz Construction was started in 1949 as a local construction and remodeling contractor by Lumir Peltz and his wife, Dorotha. The couple grew the business by renovating existing houses and building new homes. In the early 1960s, the business expanded into commercial construction, but Lumir Peltz died, and his wife took over the company. Her three sons joined her in the business a decade later. Today two of those sons, Terry and Jim Peltz, own and operate the company. Their brother, Ron, left in 1999 to found another RCC concrete company in Alabama.

The next generation of the Peltz family, Terry and Jim’s sons (TJ, Mike and Jake), have joined the family business, which could change the company’s outlook on growth because a larger management team could take on more work, Peltz says. “Time will tell,” he says. 

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