In 1967 Ernest Henry Graham (Harry Graham) opened his first concrete plant in Kyogle NSW, with his son John by his side. After seeing the potential for the Northern Rivers to grow, Harry believed concrete could contribute to this growth.
In September 1980 Harry handed the business on to his son John and his wife Chrystine, with John running the concrete side of the business and Chrystine managing the bookwork.
In 1988 John’s eldest son Peter came on board by helping out with the building of the Geneva bridge. Rodney, the youngest son, joined the concrete business in 1997 after finishing school.
In April 2004, John and Chrystine handed the business on to their boys Peter and Rodney. John officially retired in January 2006 and still enjoys sitting on the bench. Chrystine officially retired in December 2007 and stays on call for the odd day to help out with some of the bookwork.
This leaves Rod’s wife Karie, who started in January 2004 and Peters wife Joeanne, who came aboard in January 2007, sharing the office work load.
In July 2015 the business was split with Rodney and Karie taking control of the ready-mix concrete and Peter and Joeanne taking the reins for the Precast products.
Graham’s Concrete is still situated on the same block of land that Harry started it on in 1967 with the original Fordson major loader situated in the back of the concrete plant, not in working order, but just for keepsake.
In January 2007, John tracked down and restored the first concrete bowl which Harry started with in 1967. That bowl now sits pride of place at the concrete plant entrance.
In 2009 Rod and Karie expanded their business into quarrying, first starting with a sand quarry at Dyraaba then opening up a Basalt quarry at Cedar Point Kyogle in 2018.