New Ownership, New Management, and a New Name!

We are pleased to announce that KAT Nurseries has recently completed the acquisition of Cripple Creek Rock Company, a Kansas City, Missouri based company providing a complete line of hardscape material to the professional landscape industry. Formerly Cripple Creek Rock Company, KAT Wholesale Outdoor will operate as a business unit of KAT Nurseries. This will strengthen our commitment to provide quality material and superior customer service by utilizing our existing infrastructure (transportation, manpower, and other assets).

Our Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Snell, had this to say: "We believe the acquisition will position KAT Nurseries as a true one-stop-shop for green, softscape, and hardscape supplies. It allows our current and future customers access to a full line of materials for any size project they are completing."

Review the Official Press Release

KAT Nurseries LLC today (March. 6, 2015) announced that it has purchased the assets of Cripple Creek Rock Company in Kansas City, MO. Cripple Creek Rock Company has been one of the premier rock suppliers in Kansas City for over 18 years. This acquisition will strengthen KAT Nurseries’ ability to provide a wide range of quality products for our contractors. Headquartered in Olathe, KS, KAT Nurseries currently has locations in Kansas City, MO and Ankeny, IA.

“The acquisition of Cripple Creek is an excellent complement to our desire to continue to provide outstanding products to give our customers the competitive advantage of being able to work with one vendor for all of the landscape and hardscape materials they need.” said KAT Chief Executive Officer Tory Schwope. “The transaction is aligned with our value creation strategy to offer our contractors all of the products they need under one roof. This acquisition strengthens our Hardscaping portfolio and our vision for KAT Nurseries to truly be our customers’ one stop shop.”

Going forward, KAT remains committed to its strategy of acquiring complementary businesses and products that can generate sustained value to our customers. KAT has the skill and experience to integrate new businesses, having led successful integrations such as Buffalo Creek Nursery and Struthers Nursery over the last several years. Through all of its acquisitions, KAT Nurseries has maintained its commitment to customers and uninterrupted service.

No other terms of the transaction are being disclosed.

About Cripple Creek Rock Company

Cripple Creek was one of the leading natural stone suppliers in Kansas City, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Buying quarry direct natural stone, allowed Cripple Creek to remain competitive in their pricing without compromising quality.

About KAT Nurseries

KAT Nurseries LLC is a division of Utopian Trees, Inc. and is a sister company to Utopian Transport LLC and also Schwope Brothers Tree Farms, Inc. As a group these companies create one of the largest Wholesale Nursery Suppliers in the Midwest.