About Petersen Mfg. ~ Precast Concrete Products

About Petersen Manufacturing

Today, Petersen Manufacturing has a complete line of concrete site furnishings including many styles of tables, benches, planters, drinking fountains, waste receptacles, cigarette snuffers, bollards, concrete security and many other custom-made items.

Petersen Manufacturing Site Furnishings is a nationally recognized leader in the production of high-quality precast concrete site amenities. For more than 90 years Petersen Manufacturing has been setting the standard for quality products.

Our concrete products are manufactured in Denison, Iowa, and have representation in every state, Canada, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, and Mexico by authorized Petersen representatives.

Petersen precast site furnishings offer maximum durability and minimum maintenance. The rugged steel reinforced construction makes them an ideal solution for outdoor use. Yet the gentle beauty, enhanced by a variety of color and texture options, offers versatility that will add aesthetic value to property-indoors and out. 

Petersen products are frequently purchased by state and federal government agencies., fast food restaurants, malls and shopping centers, educational facilities, parks & recreation departments, residential complexes, and many others including customers purchasing individual units to beautify their homes, patios, and gardens.

A few of the world class organizations that use Petersen precast site furnishings

  • Internal Revenue Service Building
  • Canadian Embassy
  • Fort Rucker, Army Base, Ft. Rucker, AL
  • Letterkenny Army Depot
  • Ft. McPheron Columbus, GA
  • Naval Air Warfare Center, Orlando, FL
  • Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Stadium Management Co. LLC - Broncos
  • GSU (Georgia State University)
  • UCLA
  • ASU Arizona State University
  • Arkansas State University

History of Petersen Manufacturing
In 1913 Petersen Sheet Metal Works was founded in Storm Lake, Iowa by L.T. Petersen. In 1920 the business was relocated to the rural town of Denison, Iowa, where it is in operation today. Being located in the heart of agriculture, L.T. decided to tend to the needs of the farmer. He invented an automatic livestock waterer out of concrete. Thus, the beginning of a manufacturing company was formed, and soon the name was changed to Petersen Manufacturing Company, Incorporated. To this day, Petersen Mfg. Co., Inc. manufactures a variety of concrete waterers that are shipped to farms and feedlots throughout the United States and Canada.

In the late 1970s Chris Petersen, son of L.T. Petersen and now CEO and President of Petersen Mfg., saw a need to market something other than waterers. One of the first items created was a concrete picnic table. The durability of concrete was appealing to customers – the tables seemed to withstand anything that Mother Nature could offer and could easily survive the test of time. More ideas were conceived and developed, and soon more products were manufactured.

The demand for their concrete products pushed the company to form, aside from the waterer division, a separate entity now known as Petersen Leisure Products Division. Petersen Mfg. has always strived to make quality products, with perfection always their goal. Today, the family -run company has expanded its product line to include products made from wood, metal, fiberglass and plastics. Petersen Manufacturing's products can be found in shopping malls, downtown street projects, architectural projects, restaurants, hotels, motels, schools and many other localities. From coast to coast, custom-designed products are shipped to all 50 states and several foreign countries.

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