In the earlier part of the 20th century, our founder, William Scepaniak Sr. made his living as a truck driver. He hauled a variety of products, but primarily focused on livestock, sand, and gravel. Livestock often led him to destinations throughout the upper Midwest, often to Chicago. Sand & Gravel were utilized to fill in his timeline where he provided his materials delivery services to local customers in the area near his hometown, Holdingford, Minnesota.
During the 1940’s, William served in the United States Army under the command of General George Patton. William was stationed across the continent of Africa during his military service.
After the War, William returned to his hometown and continued to drive trucks transporting sand and gravel. In the late 1950’s he purchased his first piece of aggregate processing equipment, a small feed conveyor with a vibratory screen box at the end. This piece of equipment allowed him to offer screened rock and sand products to his customers. His aggregate business began to grow and led to the purchase of his first rock crusher in 1961, a Cedarapids Pitmaster. The following year he purchased an additional crusher, a JC Commander.
The remainder of the 60’s and into the 70’s brought consistent growth for William D. Scepaniak’s mining and construction services. It was in 1970 that William knew he needed to begin his journey of turning his dream into a reality, and Wm. D. Scepaniak Inc was born. He traveled throughout the greater part of central and northern Minnesota, taking on many aggregate production and road construction projects until his untimely passing in 1979. His business was left to his wife Rosemary and his three sons; William Jr., Robert, and Joseph. Throughout the next two decades the family carried on William Sr.’s legacy of providing mining and construction services to a privately held client base and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
As the company prepared for the new millennium it continued to upgrade its aggregate processing machinery and fleet of heavy equipment. Wm D. Scepaniak maintained two portable crushing plants as well as eight trucks for materials transportation. At the end of the 1999 season the company had achieved a significant milestone for its crushing operation. The company eclipsed the 1,000,000 ton mark with just one of its portable plants.
Turn of the Century
In the early 2000’s the company began to explore new services and processes that could expand its client base. The company’s first portable wash plant was purchased in 2003 allowing it to produce washed sand and concrete aggregates to meet DOT specs. In 2008, the company now dubbed “William D. Scepaniak, Inc.” in memoriam of its founder, had set its eyes on expansion into new markets. Projects throughout North Dakota began and were highlighted by a year-long wind energy project. This wind energy project involved over 400,000 tons of gravel base and surfacing material being crushed, hauled, and placed to develop the road infrastructure throughout wind turbine sites.
The working area expansion had increased overall production demand, so in 2010 a 3rd portable crusher was purchased. As workloads increased, a 4th portable crusher was also purchased in 2012. The following years saw another increase in processing capabilities and product offerings. Specialty crushing equipment like vertical shaft impactors, pep screens, and twinscreen plants were implemented to produce highly specific asphalt materials that would be utilized in the surging North Dakota markets.
The latter part of the 2010’s saw the addition of a 5th portable crusher and fleet of 20 trucks to produce and deliver materials for various road construction projects that were used to build infrastructures for North Dakota’s Bakken Oilfield region. Renewable energy sites continued to provide a large annual workload as well as an enlarging private client base. It was that private client base that provided the company with opportunities to expand throughout the greater part of the upper Midwest.
Wm D. Scepaniak Inc. Today
To this date, operations have grown to cover the states of Minnesota, North & South Dakota, Iowa, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado. What was once the dream of William Scepaniak Sr., has since grown into a national leader in production and transport of construction aggregate materials. Due to the relentless efforts of the company’s team of nearly 100 men and women, Wm. D. Scepaniak Inc. maintains production volumes looming 6,000,000 tons annually in addition to 1,000,000 tons of transported and placed material.
Today Wm. D. Scepaniak, Inc. is proud to have entered its 3rd generation of providing clients with premier materials production and transport services. As the company set its sights toward the future, it promises to maintain and exceed the standard of quality originally envisioned by William Scepaniak Sr., alongside providing employees with meaningful and value-adding careers that improve quality of life for both them and their families.