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History In The Making

Founded in 1947 by Hix Smith, Sr., Smith’s Ready Mix is a family-owned business with a long, esteemed, and interesting history. What began as a one-person dirt hauling company, Smith’s Ready Mix has grown into one of Arkansas’ most distinguished independent ready mixed concrete producers over the course of the last 65 years.

Matt Smith, son of current FDMowner and President Hix Smith, Jr., is now the company’s Operations Manager for the Texarkana, TX and Nash, TX locations. His sister, Shana Smith, is the Operations Manager and Sales Manager for the Caddo Valley and Hot Springs locations. Both Matt and Shauna represent the third generation of the Smith family now involved in the company.

With more than 37 mixer trucks currently, Smith’s Ready Mix dawned the post-World War II era with a single bulldozer. Years later, to keep up with area competition, the dirt hauling business ceased and the switch was made strictly to ready mixed concrete delivery.

Smith’s Ready Mix has expanded to seven permanent locations and continues to develop a strong customer base. Many progressive and outstanding aspects of the company make Smith’s Ready Mix very unique among concrete producers in the state. The company is somewhat renowned in the Southwest and South Central parts of Arkansas and Northeast Texas for its fleet of “funny-looking” front discharge mixers that travel up and down area roadways. These modern, GPS-equipped, six-wheel-drive delivery trucks represent a huge investment that Smith’s Ready Mix makes in order to serve its many customers in a faster, safer and more efficient manner.

In contrast to their “rear discharge” truck counterparts, which are more common in the ready mixed concrete industry, the SRM “fronts,” as the trucks are affectionately known, have proven to be labor-saving, safer at the job site, and more efficient. These factors are due primarily to the design of the impressive looking vehicles, along with the fact that the Smith’s Ready Mix drivers are able to pull right up to the construction forms. Additionally, the front discharge mixers include chutes that extend to an industry-leading 25 feet.