L.F. Perry, designer of Cemco equipment, was born and raised in Throckmorton, Texas, and grew up operating and fixing machinery.
While working as a home and commercial builder in the early 1950’s he began to take note of the emerging ready mix concrete business. In 1959 he moved his family to Stamford, Texas, and opened Perry Ready Mix, a business he operated until 1971. As the business grew, jobs would come along that required more mixer trucks than Perry Ready Mix had. He concluded that he either needed a very large fleet of mixer trucks or a portable plant.
He purchased a used, two-piece portable plant, a 5-yard batcher, and used it on several jobs. Difficulty moving the equipment and low production led him to design his first totally self-contained, portable batch plant in 1963, building it in-between his ready mix jobs. This “Tilt ‘N Batch” plant and two mixer trucks allowed Perry Ready Mix to pour the volume needed for any job, and made it easy to move the equipment.
By 1970, he began building a much-improved version of this portable plant, which incorporated electronic weighing. In 1971 Mr. Perry and a few associates started a new corporation, MCP (Manufactured Construction Products) in Odessa, Texas, building and selling 42 portable concrete batch plants.
By 1973, Mr. Perry was in Georgetown, Texas, and had started another company, Century Industries, Inc., designing and manufacturing the M-10 Mobile Batch Plant.
In 1975, L.F. and his family moved to Olney, Texas, starting Cemco, Inc. Initially, they specialized in custom concrete form fabrication and specialized equipment design and fabrication.
By the late 1980s, Cemco began manufacturing the Model 150 batch plant and then the Model 220 plant; adding auxiliary silos in 1992, feeder conveyors in 1998, and the central mix unit in 2000.
Semi-retired, Mr. Perry continues his involvement in the company as design consultant, incorporating and updating improvements into Cemco equipment. Mrs. Carla Perry has always been in charge of the financial end of the business and is now the President of Cemco. Ronnie Cobb, Vice President in charge of production at Cemco, began working with Mr. Perry back in 1993.