In 1942 in the small community of Sulphur, Louisiana, Alma Como used his hands and his carpentry tools to meticulously build a wooden form in which he would eventually pour concrete. The finished product would be a rough but functional set of concrete steps to replace the decaying wooden step in which he had fallen through several days before.
Mr. Como’s neighbors, admiring his achievement, asked if he would cast a concrete step in the same mold to replace the rotting steps at their homes. Soon, Mr. Como’s wood mold stayed full of concrete daily as the word spread about his concrete steps. This may have been considered a simple vision put into motion by using simple carpentry tools and talent with the exception that Mr. Como had no vision at all.
Having been blind for almost ten years, little did Como realize when he made that first wooden mold using only the touch of his hands, he had begun what would eventually become Century Group, the largest producer of concrete steps in the world. For five generations, Mr. Como’s family has continued this tradition of providing the most durable, economical, and functional concrete steps available anywhere in the United States.
Along the way adding several other precast concrete products. Century Group Inc. currently has three plants. The home office being in Sulphur, Louisiana, and two others in Greenville, Alabama and Lebanon, Tennessee.