March 2019 History Question of the Month

March 2019 History Question of the Month
Posted on 03/04/2019

In March of 1951, what new business opened in the Cottonwood Heights area?



One of the far west’s most modern sand and gravel and ready-mix concrete plants opened in Cottonwood Heights at 6691 South 2300 East during March 1951. It was operated by the Utah Sand and Gravel Products Corp.  Eastman Hatch, president of the company said, “It is capable of producing 200 tons of sand and gravel an hour, and all of it is pressure washed. The plant uses approximately 1,000 gallons of water per minute for washing, when in full operation.”

“The plant is equipped to provide gravel of any size and sand for either concrete or plaster and road gravel.” He also explained that the plant was capable of producing 75 cubic yards of concrete an hour, and that the company’s large fleet of ready-mix concrete trucks would be drawn upon to serve the plant and provide delivery of any quantity, large or small.  

Superintendent of the new plant was Rex Baird, a Cottonwood Heights resident.  The company was founded in 1918.