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Heldenfels Enterprises to Celebrate a Century of Family Tradition

Most new businesses have to close their doors after the first year. Extremely few stay in operation for 50 years. Then there is the rare breed, those businesses who have the honor of blowing out the candles on their 100th birthday cake.

This November, Heldenfels Enterprises, Inc., with plants in San Marcos and Corpus Christi, will celebrate a century of family business. Heldenfels produces and installs precast/prestressed concrete products for all types of structures. Their latest and largest project was producing and installing 3,000 precast concrete pieces for the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

“We have a strong team spirit, most evidenced by our willingness to take on complex, challenging projects,” says HEI President/CEO Fred Heldenfels IV. When asked what was the single reason the firm has thrived for a century, Heldenfels replied, “I believe we have always practiced what we preached, stressing good stewardship by emphasizing our core values of integrity, dependability and innovation. To me personally, the name Heldenfels is a badge of honor that has been earned by each generation through experience, hard work and dedication. It”s a family tradition.”

In 1909, F.W. “Fritz” Heldenfels, Sr., and his brother, C.A. Heldenfels, founded Heldenfels Brothers, a lumber and materials business. The company expanded into shipbuilding at the start of World War I and after the war forged into road construction. Over the past century, Heldenfels has touched practically every major construction arena in Texas, including expressways, bridges, subdivisions, industrial plants, office buildings, prisons, parking garages and military bases. In 1995, Fred Heldenfels IV formed Heldenfels Enterprises, Inc., with his father F.W. Heldenfels III, and today the company specializes in precast concrete structures for its traditional construction markets-highway, marine and industrial. Heldenfels Enterprises has also expanded into new construction areas by taking on large, challenging sports facilities, such as the Cowboys Stadium, Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, and the AT&T Center, home of the San Antonio Spurs, as well as forming a new Building Systems Division to provide complete building envelope solutions.

What does the next 100 years hold for Heldenfels Enterprises? “We see our role as an industry leader and we would like to expand our reputation and markets as an innovative company that provides not only superior products but superior design/build capabilities and project management, as well,” Fred says, adding with a smile, “of course that”s easier said than done, but if my great-grandfather Fritz were to give me any advice, he would probably give me his favorite saying, ”keep on plugging.””

The chances look good for Heldenfels Enterprises to keep on plugging for another century.Heldenfels Enterprises to Celebrate a Century of Family Tradition.