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Each year, UCM paves 150,000 square
yards of concrete and completes multiple
bridge projects.

Doing Ever-Larger Projects

Formed in 2001 as a merger of three of the largest construction companies in downstate Illinois, UCM
boasts a combined 190 years of experience in the industry.

A s one of the largest and most diverse heavy high-

way contractors in its region, United Contractors
Midwest (UCM) Inc. says it has the experience,
equipment and manpower to complete projects safely and
on time. With more than 1,600 employees and more than
markets,” the company states. “While all three companies
had asphalt capabilities, each brought particular expertise
in different types of construction.”
IVP is a large project concrete paver with capabilities in
pavement profiling. Freesen’s capabilities include major
1,500 pieces of equipment, the company says, each year, it bridge and structure work and extensive earthmoving
moves more than 8 million cubic yards of earth and rock, capacity. R.A Cullinan has underground capabilities and
produces more than 2 million tons of asphalt and one aggregate operations. “This combination allows the blend-
million tons of aggregate each year. It also paves 150,000 ing of expertise along almost every avenue of heavy and
square yards of concrete and completes multiple bridge highway construction,” UCM says.
projects. UCM operates in Illinois and Missouri but has complet-
The company was formed in 2001 with the merger of ed large projects in Arkansas, Tennessee, Indiana, Kansas,
three of the largest construction compa- Oklahoma, Texas and Kentucky. The company says it has
United Contractors Midwest
Inc. nies in downstate Illinois: R.A. Cullinan & major capabilities in asphalt production and paving, con- Son Inc., Illinois Valley Paving (IVP) Co. crete production and paving, earthmoving, excavation,
Headquarters: Tremont, Ill. and Freesen Inc. The companies have a pavement profiling and grinding, aggregates, bridges and
Employees: 1,600+
Services: Heavy highway combined 190 years of experience. structures, and underground work.
contractor “UCM was organized to enhance and
UCM: “While all three compa- enable the company to compete on ever- ‘Quality and Performance’
nies had asphalt capabilities,
each brought ... expertise in larger projects in the highway industry R.A. Cullinan & Son, located in Tremont, Ill., has been in
different types of construction.” while still focusing on our traditional the highway construction business since 1913. The compa-