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Pete Lien and Sons have proudly served the Black Hills and midwest regions for over 75 years.

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Pete Lien & Sons began as a small rock quarry operation, located on the foothills of the Black Hills, near Rapid City SD. The company was founded by Pete Lien and his two sons, Chuck and Bruce, in 1944. While the company owed its early success to business generated by nearby Rapid City Army Air Base (Later Ellsworth Air Force Base) and later to the building of the interstate highway system, it has grown through the careful acquisition of reserves and of existing companies and through product and area development into a privately held, multi-million dollar corporation with holdings though out a three-state region.

Throughout the history of the company, the Lien's core business has been mining, primarily limestone. The original quarry that Pete bought from his supplier has been mined and reclaimed. The company has purchased additional reserves and currently has active mines in northern Colorado, western South Dakota, and eastern Wyoming. The rock supplies the company's lime, pulverized limestone, and concrete plants, as well as local homeowner, road contractors, and a variety of industrial, commercial, military, agricultural, and energy customers.


In 1956, Pete Lien & sons, entered the sand and gravel business with the purchase of Birdsall Sand & Gravel. Initially composed of one sand plant on the Cheyenne River near Wasta, SD, the business has continued to grow through the years with the development of additional plants in western South Dakota central Wyoming, and southern Colorado. These plants produce high quality sand and gravel and provide aggregates for the company's ready mix concrete operations, in addition to providing materials for road and highway projects.

A00065In 1961, a decision was made to enter the lime business with the erection of a lime plant at the Rapid City Quarry. Bruce Lien bought most of the key component parts from a dismantled operation on the west coast. The original kiln was eight and one half feet in diameter and one hundred and sixty three feet long and remained in production until its replacement in 1993. The Liens expanded their lime production in 1992 with a production facility in northern Wyoming. Further expansion of the lime business occurred in 1996 with the installation of a hydrated lime plant in northern Colorado and relocated to southern Wyoming in 2018.In 2010, a state-of-the-art plant and kiln were installed at the Rapid City complex and in 2016 another plant and kiln were erected in Laramie, WY.

A00162In 1966, the company bought its first ready mix concrete operation, Central Mix, in Rapid City. Six years later, in 1972, Rapid City suffered a devastating flood. The rebuilding efforts after the flood provided a steady need for both concrete and rock products. The ready mix operation continued to grow with acquisitions of plants around the Black Hills in western South Dakota, Gillette, WY, Steamboat Springs, CO, and Colorado Springs, CO.


Today, Pete Lien & Sons is an integral part of many communities across South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado. Over 400 men and women are proud to be called employees of the company. Chuck Lien serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, the longest serving employee in the company’s history with 75 years as of April 2018. Chuck, his brother Bruce, and their father Pete purchased a small quarry on the outskirts of Rapid City and began a business with the marketing motto, "If you need a little or a lot, call Pete Lien & Sons." The company remains entirely owned by members of the Pete Lien family, with several of Pete's grandchildren and great grandchildren directly involved in the day-to-day operations of the business.  Pete’s grandson and namesake, Peter C. Lien, has served as the company president since 1996.


Founders Bruce, Pete, and Chuck                                       President Pete Lien and Chairman Chuck Lien