Allan Block About Us

Always Better, Always Allan Block

Our Mission

Retaining Wall Terrace - AB Europa Collection

AB Europa Collection

At Allan Block® Corporation, our goal is to be a visionary in the field of concrete construction and today's leader in Mortarless Technology®. We continually strive to be Always Better; to develop our creative and innovative construction products, revolutionizing the way the world builds. Our advanced systems offer the most efficient and practical alternatives to traditional construction, while maintaining the highest standard of quality available on the market. Our diverse array of products, meet the changing demands of the modern construction world.

We work diligently to build and support our exceptional network of concrete product manufacturers and construction professionals, in order to bring products into the market as quickly and effectively as possible. The Allan Block commitment to combining superior products with exceptional service makes Allan Block products - products you can trust. This will make our practical, effective and environmentally conscious concrete systems the most logical choice for construction in the future.

Our Company

Retaining Wall Terrace - AB Collection

AB Collection

Over the last couple decades, Allan Block has become a prominent global hardscapes company. We supply the world with innovative alternatives to traditional concrete construction, through advances in Mortarless Technology systems. Our success began with the introduction of our patented segmental retaining wall product -The Original Allan Block. The Allan Block system effectively meets the needs of a changing building community, by combining sophisticated technology with simple design concepts. It solves the construction needs of real people by integrating ease of installation, economic efficiency and durability qualities that make Allan Block products a hallmark of the concrete construction industry.

The same careful attention to research and design has been used throughout the development of all our Mortarless Technology systems. This growing family of patented products offers the industry intelligent, practical and effective building materials. In addition to our commitment to develop superior systems, Allan Block is also devoted to cultivating a significant network of Allan Block professionals and programs to transfer our innovations to the world. The intelligent combination of inventive products, involved professionals and influential programs is a true signature of the Allan Block Advantage.

Our Network

Retaining Wall Planter - AB Fieldstone Collection

AB Fieldstone Collection

The innovative and engineered features of Allan Block retaining wall, courtyard and fence products, have made it very attractive to concrete manufacturers and their distributors around the world. Our products are available throughout the United States and Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and Asia.

At Allan Block we work diligently in building and supporting our network of concrete product manufacturers and construction professionals. These businesses are selected based on various factors but most importantly their level of service and commitment to bring Allan Block products into the market quickly and effectively. The Allan Block commitment to combining superior products with exceptional service make Allan Block products a family of products you can trust.

Allan Block Always Better  Wall of Fame

In honor of those who go above and beyond their duty to assist in the development of their respective Allan Block markets and ultimately assist in the creation of a path allowing all of us to be Always Better, we award those who have regularly and successfully implemented the various programs and tools offered by Allan Block to assist in the development of their markets.

We honor the following:

Allan Block Always Better Wall of Fame: Ron Howe - Reading Rock

Class of 2017

Ron Howe - Sales

Reading Rock
Cincinnati, OH

AB Career: 1988 – 2015

Read Ron's Story

Allan Block Always Better Wall of Fame: Cecil Fitzpatrick - Expocrete

Class of 2016

Cecil Fitzpatrick - Sales

Expocrete - an Oldcastle Company
Richmond, BC Canada

AB Career: 2002 –

Read Cecil's Story

Allan Block Always Better Wall of Fame: Russ Kissinger-Air Vol Block

Class of 2016

Russ Kissinger - General Manager

Air Vol Block
San Luis Obispo, CA

AB Career: 1994 –

Read Russ's Story

Allan Block Always Better Wall of Fame: Gordy Rich-Reading Rock

Class of 2016

Gordy Rich - Owner

Reading Rock, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH

AB Career: 1988 –

Read Gordy's Story

Allan Block Always Better Wall of Fame: William Clayton Sr. - Clayton Block

Class of 2016

William Clayton Sr. - Owner

Clayton Companies
Lakewood, NJ

AB Career: 1990 –

Read Bill's Story

Allan Block Always Better Wall of Fame: Steve Keller-Reading Rock

Class of 2016

Steve Keller - Sales

Reading Rock, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH

AB Career: 1988 – 2015

Read Steve's Story

Allan Block Always Better Wall of Fame: John Barr - Clayton Block

Class of 2016

John Barr - Sales

Clayton Companies
Edison, NJ

AB Career: 1990 – 2010

Read John's Story

Allan Block Always Better Wall of Fame: Niecie Banach - Basalite

Class of 2016

Niecie Banach - Sales

Denver, CO

AB Career: 1990 –

Read Niecie's Story

Allan Block Always Better Wall of Fame: Bruce Stickney - Expocrete

Class of 2016

Bruce Stickney - Sales

Expocrete - an Oldcastle Company
Richmond, BC Canada

AB Career: 1994 –

Read Bruce's Story

Allan Block Always Better Wall of Fame: Butch Corbett - Anchor Concrete Products

Class of 2016

Butch Corbett - Sales

Anchor Concrete Products - an Oldcastle Company
Holbrook, MA

AB Career: 1998 –

Read Butch's Story

Our Training

At Allan Block, we like to say the AB stands for “Always Better”. What that means is that our team is striving to always be the best. Training is our best way to make the AB TEAM Always Better.

Your local Allan Block Representative has been to AB University to learn the ABC’S of Allan Block wall design and engineering. Many of our local AB Dealers have sent their key staff to AB University too. Many of these same Dealers offer Homeowner “How-To” classes to pass their knowledge along. Our Licensed Producers have had hands-on training on best practices for quality assurance.

We offer free tutorials for all our registered engineers to keep them on the front edge of SRW wall design. Our Contractor Certification Classes have trained thousands of local contractors on the proper techniques for wall design and construction. Through training we are committed to making sure every Allan Block team member is “Always Better”.

Our Services

patio wall - AB Courtyard Collection

AB Courtyard Collection

The Allan Block family of product provides attractive solutions for any landscape. With hundreds of millions of square feet in the ground, we can deliver the quality and performance your project needs. Our wide variety of styles and colors, are guaranteed to blend into your natural surroundings.

Whether you are a homeowner working on a raised planter or an engineer designing sound barriers around a highway, Allan Block provides not only style and durability but an “Always Better” experience.

Homeowners and Weekend Warriors

Allan Block has developed a LIBRARY of information to help plan, design and build your Allan Block project. Use our VIDEOS for action packed descriptions of “how to build” with Allan Block products. Our VIDEOS take you through a play-by-play description of how to build beautiful Allan Block projects.

Use our LITERATURE to find the answer to any question you might have on RESIDENTIAL projects. You’ll find simple explanations on any subject – from basic wall construction to building beautiful stairways. Use the keyword search bar to insert a specific keyword or phrase and let our site do the searching for you.

Need help estimating the materials you need on your Allan Block project? Use our ESTIMATING TOOL. Simply follow the instructions, drop in your wall sizes,
and get a detailed list of materials for block, caps, base rock, and everything you will need to complete your project.

Engineers, Contractors and other Professionals

Retaining Wall Terrace - AB Collection

AB Collection

Allan Block has a comprehensive package of materials ideal for Engineers and Installers.Use our LITERATURE for a more technical or professional description for commercial and municipal projects. These materials include Installation, Specifications, AutoCad drawings and other technical details you need for major site solutions.

Available also for the engineer, AB Walls, the Allan Block Design Software. For over a decade, AB has provided engineering design software to our network of engineering firms. Our latest version features a full array of useful design and engineering functions and will help you design, engineer, and print all the details for your next retaining wall project. If you are an engineer, click here to find out how you can receive your copy of AB Walls and become a registered AB Walls designer.

Allan Block’s testing portfolio is comprehensive. We are the only modular wall system to complete Full Scale Seismic Testing on Modular Block. Completed in two phases in 2002 and 2004, these landmark tests established the credibility of modular block wall assemblies under seismic conditions. In addition, they validated the performance characteristics of Allan Block walls under extreme earthquake conditions.

Our blocks have been used to build a wide variety of projects all around the world. Our retaining walls, or fences could just be the perfect solution to your next landscape project. For ideas and examples of many different projects and applications, check out our photo albums, where you can find ideas for stairs, terraces, raised planters, sound barriers, patio surrounds and many others.