Nestled just one mile off of I-4 in Polk City, Florida, is the Conrad Sand Mine, the latest addition to the Preferred Materials, Inc. family which opened in December 2015. Conrad Sand Mine is a state-of-the-art sand dredging operation which supplies sand to Oldcastle Coastal Tampa, Preferred Materials Concrete and Preferred Materials Asphalt operations across west and central Florida, as well as external customers, and has over 25 years of reserves.
The 692-acre site went from “greenfield” status to operation in approximately 12 months. The first step in transforming the site into a fully-functioning sand mine operation was to construct a 2.5 mile entrance road to the eventual plant location. Once the road was in place, the plant was erected and the dredge was assembled in less than 6 months.