H&E Ready Mix was founded by Roger "Bud" Ellis. Bud had previously owned and operated a large scale excavating company that operated statewide. In 1986 Bud decided that he would like to work closer to home so he bought Pioneer Sand and Gravel from Ed Sprague. The business has remained in his family since then. Bud has retired but his sons Rick and Bob have continued to operate the business. Rick oversees the concrete and general pit management while Bob runs the septic and excavating portion of the business. Both owners are dedicated to continue providing locally-owned quality service to Rice Lake and the surrounding area.