Cal-Ga-Crete began manufacturing HighPerformance Concrete paver tiles and accessory products in 1963. Cal-Ga-Crete
products have been used for virtually any type of interior or exterior,
residential or commercial application, including living spaces, restaurants,
hotels, theme parks, automobile dealerships, condo/apartment buildings, office
buildings, golf club facilities, and more (click here for viewing a selection of historical catalogs).
Abroad, Cal-Ga-Crete products were sold and installed in countries
and territories such as Japan, Philippines, Australia, France, Mexico, Hong
Kong, Singapore, Fiji, French Polynesia, La Reunion, Haiti, Dominican Republic,
Barbados, Puerto Rico, and many others. Click here to view a selection of catalogs by former license holders who produced Cal-Ga-Crete within their respective territories.
Cal-Ga-Crete was founded in 1963 by engineering
designer Mr. Frederick Gates. The Ga in Cal-Ga-Crete originated from the first
2 letters of Mr. Gates name. The founder had a distinguished career including
working for a defense aviation company during WW II, a pre-fab homes manufacturer, a
real estate developer and a cement manufacturer. Mr. Gates quickly developed an
impressive range of concrete tile products. Most of these are still available today.
During the later 1960’s Mr. Gates sold licenses to mostly foreign entrepreneurs for the purpose of manufacturing a limited number of Cal-Ga-Crete in their respective locales.
Mr. Gates managed to include Cal-Ga-Crete products
with the final project Mr. Walt Disney personally supervised, the Pirates of
Caribbean and New Orleans Square at Anaheim Disneyland. The Walt Disney Company
has been a loyal user of Cal-Ga-Crete products ever since. Other early noteworthy
projects include Ports ‘O Call in San Pedro, CA, Tishman Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
and Fisherman’s Warf Sheraton Hotel, San Francisco, CA. Mr Gates was also
successful in placing Cal-Ga-Crete products in celebrity’s homes such as John
Wayne, Dick van Dyke, Sandy Koufax and Michael Landon. Many of these historical
Cal-Ga-Crete projects were remodeled out of existence but some are still in use
In recent years the company focused on updating
and expanding its product line. In 2002 Cal-Ga-Crete acquired the assets of Stonekrete
Tile Products adding new production capabilities and a contemporary design
element to its product offering. Major accomplishments include this website,
becoming a founding member of the Concrete Tile Manufacturers Association and actively
participating in the development of the first industry recognized uniform
specification for manufacturing and installing pre-cast concrete tile