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Breckenridge & EMC partner with CarbonCure to Recycle CO2 into Concrete Materials in the Greater St. Louis Area

Breckenridge Material, Eastern Missouri Concrete and CarbonCure remove barriers to building greener in the St. Louis Area.

St. Louis - Breckenridge Material Company has been pushing the boundaries of local ready mix concrete technology adoption since 1925. They have done it yet again by announcing that they have joined the 80+ concrete producers who are using CarbonCure’s technology to lower operational costs while economically providing an environmental friendly construction solutions to the Greater St. Louis area.

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Through a new partnership with CarbonCure Technologies, Breckenridge Material Company and  (EMC) now recycle waste carbon dioxide (CO2) into concrete to increase its environmental, material, and economic performance. Not only is the CO2 permanently converted into a solid mineral within the concrete, but the addition of CO2 also improves the compressive strength of concrete.

“Leading the market by adopting technology is part of the Breckenridge legacy” explains CEO, Nathan McKean. “Technologies like CarbonCure align with where we see the marketing going in the long term while aligning with our immediate operational objectives.”

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Breckenridge's CEO - Nathan McKean

Breckenridge Material Company has passed through the family for four generations. The company was originally founded by Nathan McKean’s great uncle, Frank Breckenridge and was acquired by his brother-in-law (McKean’s grandfather) shortly after Breckenridge’s death following WWII. When Nathan’s father was leading the company, he was the first in the region to start using Class C fly ash and got it approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT). 25 years later, Nathan was the first in the region to utilize ground granulated blast furnace slag in concrete production which was also ultimately approved by the DOT.

Since the age of 12, McKean has been involved in every job imaginable in the organization. When McKean took over as CEO of Breckenridge, he engaged in an aggressive series of mergers and acquisitions where the organization sought to purchase other businesses to expand their geographical reach. He also diversified by purchasing companies up the construction material supply chain by acquiring several aggregate mining operations. McKean’s business sense has led the organization to quadruple in size, and reach a revenue of over $100M by 2016. Now, with CarbonCure, they seek to increase their share of the growing green building market in the St. Louis area. 

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“A barrier for sustainable construction methods is typically higher upfront costs” say Patrick O’Brien, Director of Technical Services. “By introducing affordable sustainable solutions to the St. Louis area, we believe that we can actually push the market to go greener and help accelerate the adoption of greener construction in our community”

CarbonCure’s technology can affordably reduce the embodied carbon footprint of concrete. This year Breckenridge could reduce CO2 by as much as 1000 tonnes of CO2, which is equivalent to the amount of carbon absorbed by 1200 acres of US forest in a year – which is a forest twice the size of downtown St. Louis.

Breckenridge Materials Company

Breckenridge Material Company is a family-owned and operated company that has called St. Louis home since 1925.  Breckenridge supplies aggregates, ready mix concrete and building materials to customers across the metropolitan region.  Success lies simply in the ability to deliver value to our customers, whether through our quality products or our technical expertise. Breckenridge understands that the success of a project relies on the ability to communicate with customers throughout the entire job.  Breckenridge’s team of skilled delivery professionals, quality control engineers, and dispatching personnel will ensure your project runs smoothly from start to finish. For more information, contact or visit 

Eastern Missouri Concrete

Eastern Missouri Concrete (EMC) has been supplying Eastern Missouri since 2008. With plant locations in Wentzville, St. Charles, Pevely, Eureka, Union and Sullivan, EMC is able to supply ready mix concrete to customers in the St. Louis metropolitan area and the surrounding communities including Jefferson County, Warren County, Franklin County, Washington, and Crawford County. EMC’s mission is to provide customers with a high-quality product and a matching level of customer service. EMC takes pride in the efficiency and safety procedures to supply ready mix concrete to contractors including residential, commercial, industrial and paving contractors. Our team can handle all of your concrete needs including the mix color, special performance admixture, special aggregates and certified inspections. For more information, visit: contact

About CarbonCure Technologies Inc.

CarbonCure’s retrofit technology chemically sequesters waste carbon dioxide during the concrete manufacturing process to make greener and stronger concrete. CarbonCure’s technology is now being used to reduce concrete’s environmental footprint and provide production cost savings for more than 80 concrete producers across North America. CarbonCure is part of a growing industry of CO2-utilization technologies that are expected to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2030. CarbonCure’s technology is currently operational in a growing number of concrete plants across North America, including several of the world’s largest vertically-integrated cement and concrete companies. CarbonCure is one of 23 semi-finalists in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE challenge, which has been called the Nobel prize for climate technologies. For more information, contact or visit


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