In 1938, Carey Loven Sr. began a saw mill business to saw and plane timber harvested from the mountains of western North Carolina. C.L. Loven Lumber Company sold these timber products along with lumber and building materials. Working with his four sons; Joe, Carey Jr., Jimmy, and Bobby; Carey turned Loven Lumber into a household name in the high country providing quality building materials for countless homes and businesses.
In 1961, the family added ready mix concrete to their supply list and Loven Ready Mix was born. The first concrete plant was erected in Pineola, North Carolina as brothers Joe, Jimmy, and Bobby entered into a new supply arena. The success of this concrete operation led to growth into surrounding Boone, NC, Asheville, NC and Eastern Tennessee. Portable plants were set up from Clinton, TN to Wilmington, NC, to service the heavy construction of bridges and roadways.
Loven Ready Mix became a fast growing family business that dominated markets in east Tennessee and western North Carolina. The company became synonymous with excellent service and quality concrete. Masonry supply stores were added in North Carolina and Tennessee for customer convenience and value. To continue this legacy, a new generation of grandchildren Julie Loven and Bobby’s son-in-law Joe Palmyra entered the business.
In 2004, the Tennessee concrete plants were sold as Joe and Jimmy Loven decided to retire from concrete. During this transition, Bobby Loven, also a general contractor, used his engineering expertise to branch into concrete casting in North Carolina. We manufacture a concrete retaining wall system, LOCK-ROCKS, as well as other various concrete items.
Loven Ready Mix remains a progressive and family-owned supplier for concrete and masonry supplies. We thank our customers for fifty years of believing that better foundations are built with LOVEN!