Mark Sand & Gravel Co.
Highway Paving Contractor
Mark Sand & Gravel Company is an asphalt paving and aggregate contractor. We operate two portable hot mix asphalt plants and five portable crusher/screener plants throughout North Central Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota. We are experienced in the construction of roads, highways, airports, commercial construction and private driveways. We are an organization committed to quality in our product and the health and safety of our employees and the public.
If you have land that you believe may be an aggregate source or an existing gravel pit that you want to research, please contact us. We lease, purchase or work with owners who may have sources of aggregate they may wish to market. Mark Sand & Gravel Dakota Co. provides aggregate products in Hankinson, North Dakota.
Mark Sand & Gravel Co. is a highway paving contractor based in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The company performs most of its work in west central Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. Although the company’s focus is highway construction, the backbone of the organization has always been aggregate production; that is, the mining and processing of rock products from its many gravel pits, both owned and leased, throughout the same geographical area.
In addition to its portable paving operations, Mark Sand & Gravel Co. also operates several permanent or fixed aggregate facilities including a wash plant in Underwood, Minnesota, a wash plant in Hankinson, North Dakota and a rail shipping operation in Lisbon, North Dakota.
Our facilities are staffed with individuals trained and certified for testing within the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. We maintain annual certifications for MN and ND in our laboratory facilities.
Capabilities of the materials testing facilities:
John Mark started this company with a shovel and a wheelbarrow.
Mark Sand & Gravel Co. was founded in 1948 by John Mark. John started the company with a single axle dump truck and a hand shovel in Underwood, Minnesota. This site remains the current location of the Underwood wash plant.
Soon after the company was established, John Mark began screening gravel, followed by crushing and washing gravel, and eventually expanded the company into gravel based road work. By the late 1950’s the company was performing cold mix paving work which finally evolved into hot mix asphalt paving in the 1960’s.
Upon John Mark’s death in 1973, the company was left to six key employees. The last of these original six employees to hold ownership was Don Ashworth, who sold the company to Mark Thorson in 1997.
Since 1997 the company has expanded its operations into Eastern North Dakota, added ready-mix plants, more asphalt plants and rail shipping. The company usually operates seasonally with 80 to 120 employees, but has employed as many as 200 employees during some years.
Although the company has expanded and progressively grown in several areas and disciplines, it has also exited some markets in recent years - anticipating and adapting to highway funding in particular and the economy in general.
Health & Safety
Health and safety are essential parts of our daily operations. Our goal is to involve both management and employees in safety development, training and implementation, and to resolve health and safety problems through prevention.
Mark Sand & Gravel Co. is committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment for our own employees, the general public, and our subcontractor’s employees.
The objective of the Mark Sand & Gravel Co. safety program is to eliminate workplace accidents/injuries, to comply with federal, state, MSHA, OSHA rules and regulations, to reduce worker’s compensation costs, and to inform employees of potential hazards and safety rules and regulations.
How we create a safe work environment: