Our Company

A-1 Block Corporation is a trusted concrete solutions provider and an industry leader in the state of Florida.  We’ve remained independent and family-owned for over 65 years.  Headquartered in Orlando, we operate eight facilities across central Florida – from Tampa to Sanford – to produce high-quality concrete masonry units (CMU), ready-mix concrete, and precast units that you can depend on.  Our production processes includes state-of-the-art machinery and the finest materials and aggregates available, plus we offer the largest variety of masonry available in Florida.  This powerful combination allows us to effectively meet every need – from the DIY home improvement project to the most ambitious and demanding commercial development project.  Our success lies in our signature work ethic and commitment to service excellence.

The A-1 Difference

Here are some reasons why customers keep choosing A-1 Block for their concrete needs: 

  • Family-Owned
  • Locally-Operated
  • Premium-Quality Products
  • Product & Logistics Specialists
  • One-Stop Shop for Concrete, Rebar, etc.
  • Reliable Delivery Services
  • Bilingual Staff
  • Over 65 Years in the Industry
  • LEED Compliant
  • Fully Licensed and Insured
  • eTicketing Processes & Convenience 

For an interactive look at our locations, visit our Locations page.  For questions about our company or products, you may call us at (407) 422-3768, or send an email to info@a1block.com.  You may also visit our Contact page to submit an online request.  Our staff are equipped and ready to accommodate you.

Our Products

Masonry

We produce Standard CMU in a vast array of shapes and sizes – including hundreds of varieties, plus solids and screenwall.    

We also manufacture Architectural CMU in a series of distinct textures and colors.  This enables a multitude of expressive combinations for you to choose from in bringing character to your design.  We can even match our products to a physical color sample that you provide.

Ready-Mix

We are equipped and positioned to supply Ready-Mix Products – including concrete, masonry grout and flowable fill – from our strategically-located facilities to your construction project.  You can choose from standardized mixtures or speak with our technical specialists to customize a mixture for your needs.

Retaining Wall

We produce three distinct series of Retaining Wall systems:  Trinity, Versa-Lok, and Verti-Block.  Each series comes with unique features and properties that benefit certain applications.  They also come in a selection of styles to match your taste.  Our product specialists are able to help you choose the right system and style for your project. 

Precast

We are approved by the state of Florida to produce Precast and Prestressed lintels, sills, and other specialized units that meet industry standards and building codes.  Our product specialists can help match the right product to your need.

Our Story

In 1952, Anthony “Red” DaCato and his wife, Ida, moved to Orlando and were determined to start a business.  Shortly afterwards, A-1 Block Corporation was founded.  Red and two employees would split their weekdays between manufacturing and delivering concrete block, while Ida would spend her days bookkeeping from her car.  Their operation was rife with challenges as they started without an office and without air-conditioning in the Florida heat.  Yet, this successful team worked together for over fifty-two years, and through hard work and perseverance, they managed to grow and expand the business – adding five operating facilities, advanced equipment, and additional staff.

Today, the company is managed by the third generation of the family with eight locations throughout Central Florida, including Sanford, Orlando, and Tampa.  We value family, hard work, and perseverance;  It’s who we are.  Click the video below for a glimpse into our past and legacy:

 

Timeline

1952
April 25 1952

A-1 Block is Founded

A-1 Block is Founded

1952 – Orlando, FL:  Anthony “Red” DaCato and his wife, Ida, form the A-1 Block Corporation along with two employees. Red manufactures and delivers block while Ida does bookkeeping from her car with the absence of air conditioning or an office.

2007
January 1 2007

Sanford Block Plant Opens

Sanford Block Plant Opens

The Sanford block plant is opened on Persimmon Ave.

January 2 2007

Orlando Ready-Mix Installed

Orlando Ready-Mix Installed

A ready-mix plant is added to the South Division Avenue facility in Orlando.

2010
January 1 2010

Zellwood Ready-Mix Added

Zellwood Ready-Mix Added

In 2010 the Zellwood plant is added to the A-1 group.

2011
January 1 2011

Pro-Crete Precast is Annexed

Pro-Crete Precast is Annexed

Pro-Crete, a precast manufacturing facility in Wildwood, is added.

2012
January 1 2012

Polk Ready-Mix Added

Polk Ready-Mix Added

A ready mix plant is added at 111 Appaloosa Hill Rd in Polk City.

2015
January 1 2015

Polk Block Plant Built

Polk Block Plant Built

A block plant is added to the existing Polk City location.

2016
January 1 2016

Plant City Ready-Mix Added

Plant City Ready-Mix Added

A ready-mix plant is added at 3115 Sammonds Rd, Plant City.

2017
January 1 2017

Taft Ready-Mix Built

Taft Ready-Mix Built

A ready-mix plant at 9961 Boggy Creek Road finishes construction.

2018
January 1 2018

Sanford Ready-Mix Added

Sanford Ready-Mix Added

A ready-mix plant was added at the Sanford location.