Hampton Concrete Products: Our History

In the summer of 1957, Charles M. Knox saw an opportunity to earn extra money and start his own business. At the time he was installing aluminum awnings for a company in Pittsburgh and saw many jobs that needed railing.

Hampton Concrete Delivery Service Truck

He started selling and manufacturing ornamental iron railing in the basement of his still unfinished new house he was building.

Finding this railing business was not sufficient to keep his family, he bought a small concrete patio stone business, Hampton Concrete Products, in 1960.

From this point on, Mr. Knox’s dream and prayer was to have 5 acres of property, with a convenient water source, on Route 8, in Butler County and keep his phone number. Although it seemed a miracle was needed for him to accomplish this dream; he never gave up.

In January of 1970, a building was rented at 5361 Route 8 for an office and showroom. Within months this building was to be sold and he felt he was forced to buy it. A few months following, the farm he was renting for manufacture was sold and he had only 90 days to find a new manufacturing facility and get moved. Many hours and days ticked by searching the area for a place to move or build. With over half the 90 days gone, while out with a real estate salesman, he saw a fallen sign in front of a business establishment on Route 8 in Valencia. Mr. Knox returned later in the day, picked up the sign, it said “FOR SALE”. He went into the office, and a miracle began to unfold.

The property amounted to 4 1/2 acres with a 1/2 acre building lot in the rear. It was in the same phone exchange by only a few hundred feet and was in Butler County by only a few hundred feet. The owners were very helpful in arranging the financing. The property was already zoned for pre-cast concrete manufacturing, so moving could start immediately.

1988 was a big year. Charles M. Knox retired in March, and went to be with the Lord in December. His son, Virgil L. Knox took over as president of Hampton Concrete Products, Inc. A new office was under construction during 1988, and completed in 1989, and was fitted up with their first computer system.

An addition to the concrete shop was built in 1993 and 1994. The creek that runs through the property was enclosed in 3 phases from 1997-2000. A new batch plant was purchased, installed, and enclosed with a new building during 2001-2002.