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A Story of Entrepreneurial Spirit

The entrepreneurial spirit within the Manthei family runs deep, and Pole Base is just one of the recent storylines. Launched in 2012 as a division of Redi-Rock International, the third generation is now leading the brand forward. The intention is not merely to provide precast foundations - it's to simplify and streamline your work so that you, too, can spend more time with your family!

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These values shape our efforts to unleash possibility within concrete manufacturing.

Alexander Graham Bell, an example of leading the way

Lead the Way

We take initiative to establish the future of our company and industries, for the good of our customers and stakeholders. We "make it better" by leading and being led, and by pursuing sound new ideas.

John Wayne, an example of never giving up

Never Give Up

When work becomes difficult we trust it's because it's work worth doing. We approach each endeavor with tenacity - no matter the challenge, we don't give up.

Jake Manthei's daughter, an example of making time to care

Make Time to Care

Life and work are a gift. Therefore, we don't define people by what they can achieve or produce. We reject the idea that being constantly busy is the best way to live. Instead, we generously attend to the needs of our families, coworkers, and customers.


Pole Base Manufacturer Network

Pole Base partners with licensed manufacturers throughout North America to create and distribute precast foundations built to spec. These manufacturers follow detailed processes to create consistent products with beautiful textures and supreme functionality. Reach out to your manufacturer to see how they can help you simplify the work on your next project.

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Manthei Family History 

The third generation of the Manthei family runs most of the businesses The Manthei Group portfolio, and their entrepreneurial spirit can be traced back to Contance Manthei who started an aster flower growing business. Her sons, Ted and Ernie Manthei, were strawberry farmers. In search of cost savings, the brothers purchased a machine to build their own berry baskets from which Manthei Veneer was born. 

From there, MDC Contracting began as a heavy construction company that later evolved into Redi-Rock, a large-scale retaining wall solution. Rosetta Hardscapes was added to the portfolio in 2007 to offer the landscaping industry something different, and Pole Base was launched in 2012 as an innovative solution for site lighting.

Pole Base is one of the proven, licensable business opportunities offered by Aster Brands. Aster Brands provides forms, molds, equipment, and support for concrete manufacturers to build or expand their businesses around the world.

Other businesses in The Manthei Group include:

- Techniplya specialty plywood manufacturing company

- Sky Valley Resorts, hot-spring focused RV and vacation home resorts in Southern California

- Arizona Oasis, an RV and vacation home resort nestled on the Colorado River

- Beards Brewery, a microbrewery in Michigan

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