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Charley’s Concrete Celebrates 30 Years in Business

Jun 14, 2015 03:17PM ● By Audrey Sellers

Brent Pennington is many things: a Southlake resident, Dragon alumni, former Dragon running back. He’s also a business owner, and this year he’s celebrating 30 years with his family business, Charley’s Concrete.

Here’s a quick background on the company. It was founded by Charles R. Pennington (Charley) and his wife Patsy, along with their son, Brent, on June 17, 1985. It was started with seven mixer trucks and a commitment to provide superior quality and service.

Today, Charley’s operates eight plants in five different locations in Dallas/Ft. Worth and surrounding areas, and delivery coverage includes all of Denton, Tarrant, Johnson, Collin, Hunt and Parker counties. 

The company’s mission statement is clearly defined on its website: “Charley’s Concrete is the premier concrete producer in the ready-mix industry, providing an unsurpassed product and honoring the true spirit of the American family business.” 

We caught up with Pennington to get the story on this milestone achievement for their family.

Southlake Style: How did you get your start at Charley’s Concrete?

Pennington: I graduated from Carroll in 1980 and from Texas Wesleyan University in 1984. The concrete business has been my life ever since. It’s all I’ve ever done. We started in Keller with one plant and seven trucks. I was the dispatcher – the person who answers the phone and takes the orders. Before my father [Charley] died in 2010, he said he didn’t want to sell the company – he wanted to grow it.

SS: Do you feel like you’ve achieved his wish?

Pennington: Yes. Charley’s Concrete has grown approximately 60 percent during the last five years. 

SS: How have you seen the business evolve over the years?

Pennington: We are operating over 100 ready-mix trucks, 25 aggregate trucks and eight cement tankers. We’re the largest privately held, family-owned ready-mix producer in DFW, originating in Texas. We recently moved into a new corporate office in Keller. 

SS: To what do you attribute your company’s success?

Pennington:  I contribute our growth to our incredible, loyal and faithful employees, and our customers. The Lord has blessed us with the best team of people I have ever known. Our 242 employees are the strength of Charley’s Concrete. Our employees helped us build this company. We would not have accomplished any success apart from our team. I give all the credit to them. We have many tenured employees, and we’ve been blessed to have faithful, loyal employees who have stuck with us through good times and bad times. Also, I want to thank my wife, Harriet Pennington. I have been married to Harriet for 33 years. She has supported me and has been my cheerleader. 

SS: Are you doing anything special to celebrate 30 years?

Pennington: We’re dedicating June 17 as employee appreciation week. And for our top 30 customers, I’m bringing back 1985 prices. They’ll have 30 days to use a gift certificate that allows them to pay $45 a yard instead of today’s average selling price of $95 a yard.

SS: You’re a Dragon alum. Are you still active around town?

Pennington: My father, Charley, moved to Southlake in 1967. It’s where I grew up. Southlake is very much my hometown. The spirit of Southlake carries through high school and college and then into your business years. I’ve lived in Timarron for 10 years, and once a month, Charley’s Concrete hosts the Southlake Christian Businessmen breakfast meeting.  We meet the second Friday of every month. It’s a chance for men to give their testimony of how they met Jesus. Ray Williamson had this vision to reach men for Christ, and Charley’s Concrete supports this vision. 

To Brent and everyone at Charley's Concrete: Congratulations! We wish you continued success. Click here to find out more about the company.