Ideal Ready Mix Company, Inc. was founded at Ottumwa, Iowa in 1947 by H. Leon Yates with one plant and a couple of trucks. In 1962 Leon’s son Gary L. Yates joined the business. While working together the company flourished and by 1972 the company had grown to include multiple plants in the surrounding Ottumwa area. Following H. Leon Yates’ tragic death in 1976, his son Gary L. Yates, took over the helm and continued to operate Ideal until selling the company to Johnny Johnson in 1984 which at the time included more than ready mix locations in Southeast Iowa and several sand locations.
Subsequent to the acquisition in 1984 the company continued to expand ready mix locations throughout Southeast Iowa, and into Northeast Missouri along with West Central Illinois. Additionally, the corporate offices were relocated to West Burlington, Iowa. Through the ensuring years members of the Johnson family have entered the business in various roles with the second generation now comprising the overall management of the company since Johnny’s death in 2011.
Since its founding, Ideal has continued to grow, expand and thrive as a totally family owned business. However, Ideal has always been operated as a team effort throughout all its corporate locations in Southeast Iowa, Northeast Missouri and West Central Illinois. While the entire company team of employees is spread over many diverse locations the company’s success has come from the strength of its cohesive management team and its commitment to service.