Kistner Concrete Products Inc. has maintained the position as the leading manufacturer of precast concrete products in the Western New York region for over 75 years. Kistner’s competency has always been in producing superior precast products through the use of exacting quality control standards, superior engineering, and intelligent product innovations.
Kistner heavily inventories all of its products. Our goal, through our inventory, is to provide instant product availability for any customer in order to adequately meet project deadlines.
Kistner Concrete Product Inc. operates four NPCA nationally certified manufacturing facilities. Kistner is a NYSDOT QA/QC approved manufacturer. In the future, please allow us to provide you with the area’s most advanced precast concrete products.
The History of Kistner
June 6th 1947
The Frontier Burial Vault Company was founded in 1947 by the late William George Kistner, a General Motors employee and Buffalo native. Heeding the advice of a friend, William sought to produce burial vaults composed entirely of concrete in order to meet new cemetery codes eliminating the use of stand alone wooden boxes. Simple wooden boxes caused settling over time and were no longer allowed to be buried alone.
A Growing Company
During the 1950’s Frontier began to diversify. Soon burial vaults were no longer the primary product for the growing company. In the later part of that decade Frontier Burial Vault Company became “Kistner Septic Tank Company,” due to the addition of precast septic tanks as a major product type. Shortly thereafter, in 1957 the company again changed names and became what we know today as Kistner Concrete Products.
William E. Kistner
William E. Kistner went to work with his father in the early 1950’s. At the time there were few resources available and neither father or son had any specific knowledge of the newly developed Precast Industry. Through shear hard work, the business was able to slowly forge ahead and grow.
This led the father and son partnership to seek larger manufacturing space at the Frontier Burial Vault building. As the market grew for prefabricated products so did the companies product line and later resulted in the establishment of additional manufacturing locations in East Pembroke & Springville, NY. Bill was always ahead of the market & consistently met the growing demand for new precast concrete products.
Diversifying the product line
During the 1960’s engineers began turning away from the use of brick manholes, and began to specify the use of precast concrete storm and sanitary manholes because of their watertight capabilities. This industry shift was capitalized upon by William G. and his son, and precast manhole production became a priority of the company. At the close of the 1960’s the Kistner company produced a variety of products including septic tanks, manholes, and precast steps.
1978 – 1984
William E. Kistner had three sons: William M., Michael, and Kenneth. Each of these sons became actively involved in the business between 1978 and ’84. Today the three sons control the corporation, as Kistner pushes on into the 21st century.
1960’s – 1980’s
Expanding the Company
During the 1960’s, ‘70’s, and ‘80’s the weight of the company was placed on the shoulders of William E. Kistner. At this time four new manufacturing facilities were introduced: Springville, NY in 1969, E. Pembroke, NY in 1973, E. Bethany, NY in 1978, and Lockport, NY in 1983.
Kistner Concrete Products is committed to innovation in product design while employing the very highest level of customer service and support. We’ve enjoyed working with you over the years, and look forward to again partnering with you in order to ensure mutual prosperity in the future.