Consolidated Minerals, Inc. (CMI) and its family of companies began with the vision and determination of founder F. Browne Gregg. Although Consolidated Minerals, Inc. (CMI)’s roots are deep and wide, its foundation was established in 1971 with Gregg’s acquisition of Florida Crushed Stone Company, which was profitable under his charge from year one. Gregg began the company to include sand and rock mining, quickly multiplying its plants and scope. In the early 1980’s the company expanded its operations to include blending materials for multipurpose uses such as road base. In the 1980’s the company designed the world’s first integrated facility combining a cement plant, a power plant, and a lime plant. The $250 million co-generation facility operated substantially on what otherwise would be waste materials, waste steam, and waste heat. This innovative plan included major components of a moth-balled coal fired electric power plant in Illinois which was relocated, rehabilitated, and constructed in Brooksville. During its construction it was recognized as the largest co-generation industrial construction project in the Southeast. Gregg’s re-engineering of the plant did more than enable massive output, it created an award-winning system of material recycling, waste utilization and environmentally-friendly energy preservation.
Consolidated Minerals was established in 1987 with the acquisition of a company engaged in phosphate mining and the production of phosphate based animal feed supplements. Over the years, some of the operations were sold. In addition, in 2000, Mr. Gregg sold most of the operations of Florida Crushed Stone Company to CSR America. Gregg retained ownership of several operations of Florida Crushed Stone, including C.L. Industries, and combined them with CMI’s other operations.