Blackthorn Inc. |  About



In 1974, Blackthorn, Inc. was founded by Ronald Yoakum, elder son of National Precast Concrete Association’s founding member Robert Yoakum. Ron was a leader in his own right in the precast concrete industry. Blackthorn was originally named Dura-Tech and was a manufacturer of goods and services for both the precast concrete industry and the construction industry. The company began its operations in Dayton, Ohio and quickly became a regional leader in the manufacture and distribution of watertight rubber gaskets and seals for concrete manholes and septic tanks, plastic rebar spacers, fiberglass hole-formers, and concrete patching materials for the precast industry.

In 1994, Greg Benedict was hired as Vice-President of Sales & Marketing to facilitate a vision of broadening the company’s exposure. The name of the company was changed to Blackthorn, Inc. and its manufacturing facility was moved to Clayton, Ohio. That same year, Blackthorn re-focused its marketing efforts to include the entire North American continent. Greg initiated major changes that resulted in Blackthorn broadening its product offerings. Blackthorn began forging relationships with strong manufacturers, allowing for the manufacture and distribution of a wide variety of analogous products. These products include, but are not limited to: hole-formers (made from materials such as fiberglass, steel, aluminum, plastic, urethane, rubber, foam, etc.), concrete vibrators, rubber gaskets & seals, an extensive line of plastic rebar spacers (chairs, clips, wheels, slab bolsters, and accessories), chemicals, grouts, epoxies, core bits (new and re-segmented), molds for small concrete products, and specialty/custom fiberglass products.

In 2002, Blackthorn expanded its manufacturing operations, adding a state-of-the-art core bit re-segmentation facility and metal fabrication/tool shop. That same year, Greg Benedict added General Manager to his list of duties.

In 2009, Ron Yoakum sold the business to Greg Benedict, and the name was changed to Blackthorn, LLC.

Thank you for visiting our website. For over 40 years, Blackthorn has been a leader in the construction industry. We trust that our reputation of providing Comprehensive Service and Quality Products at Competitive Prices will encourage you to establish a business relationship with us. We will always work hard to earn your future patronage.

Corporate Mission Statement

Blackthorn, LLC. is committed to excellence resulting in total customer satisfaction while providing the highest quality products and services for the best value.

Additionally — Using the “Golden Rule” as our guide, the employees of Blackthorn, Inc. are committed to integrity, team concept, pride of workmanship, and individual fulfillment.

Consequently — Blackthorn, LLC. will continue to be an innovative leader in the industries we serve. We will conduct business ethically, be responsible corporate citizens, and communicate our mission through our actions and accomplishments.

Blackthorn, Inc is a member in good standing of the following associations: