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    We're Hiring

    We are currently hiring for a range of positions, including sales, building materials production, and building materials delivery drivers. Benefits include paid vacation, fully covered health insurance for employees and their families, and life insurance as well as short- and long-term disability insurance. There are opportunities to earn an annual bonus, profit sharing and company made 401K contributions reflecting the year's profitability.Work With Us

  • Custom Matching & Blending


    We've honed our masonry knowledge with dedication (some might say obsession), turning matching and analysis into an art. We love to share our experience, and provide on-site consultation and training for a range of audiences. Contact us to learn more!Learn More About Restoration/Preservation Work

  • Designed for Quality

    Our special, Frerk-designed trucks mix on site and can adjust as needed: that means no hot loads, no waste, and you only pay for what you use. As our boss loves to say "Concrete fresher than ours hasn't been mixed yet!"

  • Designed for Quality


    Our special, Frerk-designed trucks mix on site and can adjust as needed: that means no hot loads, no waste, and you only pay for what you use. As our boss loves to say "Concrete fresher than ours hasn't been mixed yet!"Learn More About Concrete

  • Unmatchable Range

    Building Materials

    "I've had nothing but the best experience working with Henry Frerk Sons. Their service is exceptional and their prices are extremely competitive. They have supplied my projects with everything from ready-mixed concrete and masonry materials to sewer supplies, blasting sand, and restoration chemicals. Henry Frerk Sons sincerely care about their customers!" - Mike, at Market PropertiesLearn More About Building Materials


Henry Frerk Sons was founded over 140 years ago by the determination and hard work of Henry Frerk, who described himself as a "sawed-off and hammered down German."




SPRING HOURS As of April 1 we will be open Monday-Friday 6:30am – 3pm and Saturdays from 6:30am – 11:30am. We are closed on Sundays.



We will be closed for the holidays from Saturday December 24-January 2, 2023, reopening on January 3.

As of December 10 we will be closed on Saturdays, and our hours of operation will be 6:30am-3:00pm Monday-Friday.



We will be closed Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will reopen on Monday, November 28 at 6:30am.



We will be closing on Friday, July 1 at 3:00pm, and we will reopen on Tuesday July 5 at 6:30am. Enjoy the long weekend!


SPRING HOURS As of March 19 we will be open Monday-Friday 6:30am – 3pm and Saturdays from 6:30am – 11:30am. We are closed on Sundays.

Holiday Closure & Winter Hours

We will be closed for the holidays from December 24- January 2, reopening on January 3, 2022.

Our winter hours will be 6:30am-3:00pm Monday-Friday until spring.





We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Thursday, November 25 through Sunday, November 28. We will reopen on Monday, November 29 at 6:30 am.


8/26/2021: We are resuming normal operations, however we will be closed Saturday, August 28, and the following week we will be closed for the Labor Day holiday weekend on Saturday, September 4 through Monday, September 7. We will reopen on Saturdays from 6:30-11:30am starting September 11. 




WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE JULY 4 HOLIDAY WEEKEND: We will be closing at 3:00pm on Friday, July 2 and will reopen on Tuesday, July 6 at 6:30am.


WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: We will be closing at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 28 and will reopen on Tuesday,  June 1 at 6:30 am.


SPRING/SUMMER HOURS WILL BEGIN ON APRIL 3 when we will be open on Saturdays from 6:30am-11:30am. Weekday hours will be 6:30am – 3:00pm.





Christmas & New Years

We will be closed from Thursday, December 24 through Sunday, January 3 reopening at 6:30am on Monday, January 4, 2021. Happy holidays!




Winter Hours

We will begin winter hours on December 7, when we will be open Monday-Friday 6:30am-3:00pm, closed Saturday and Sunday.





We will be open 6:30am – 3:00pm on Friday, July 3. We will be closed on Saturday, July 4 and we’ll reopen for business on Monday July 6.



We are now open from 6:30am – 3:00pm Monday-Friday and on Saturday from 6:30am – 11:30am.  We are closed on Sunday.



We will be closed on Monday, May 25 for the Memorial Day Holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30am.

We will continue to be open from 6:30am-3:00 Monday-Friday and will be open on Saturday from 6:30am-11:30am starting June 6.


As of Monday, May 4 all customers will be required to wear a face mask while on our property as required by the Governor’s order. 


March 22: We will remain open unless there are additional restrictions placed on essential business operations. Business hours are 6:30am-3:00pm M-Fri. We may need to implement some new measures to ensure customer and staff safety so please be patient with any service changes.



March 20: Important news & updates about our COVID-19 response.

March 16: In light of the ongoing COVID-19 emergency we have chosen to cancel the upcoming Dryvit certification class and Keim class. All attendees will be notified directly. Given the uncertainty surrounding the current situation we are unfortunately unable to reschedule the classes at this point.   Coming up on February 19 & 20: Our intensive hands-on two-day Jahn Restoration Training Workshops introduce traditional methods of masonry repair using JAHN Restoration Mortars. This includes the repair of limestone, sandstone, terra cotta and brick. The objective of these workshops is to demonstrate materials and techniques to achieve long lasting results. Our classes welcome masons, contractors, craftspeople, specifiers, and other preservation professionals. Architects can receive AIA/CEU credits upon request. Reserve your spot online or contact Randy Sabo at 312-833-5519 / rsabo@hfsmaterials.com for more information.





We will be closing for the holiday break at 3:00pm on Friday, December 20 and we will reopen at 6:30am on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Happy holidays!





We will begin winter hours on December 8, 2019. Over the winter we will be open 6:30am-3:00pm Monday-Friday, and we will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.



Thanksgiving: We’ll be closing at 4:00pm on Wednesday, November 27 and reopening on Monday, December 2 at 6:30am. Christmas & New Year: We’ll be closing at 3:00pm on Friday, December 20 reopening on Wednesday, January 2, 2020 at 6:30am.


It’s our annual customer appreciation week! From 9:00am-2:30pm on Monday, August 12-Thursday, August 15 we will be giving away t-shirts and serving burgers, brats, and hot dogs. Stop in for a free meal and a chance to win a gift certificate on our prize wheel.


We will be closed July 4-July 7, reopening on Monday July 8 at 6:30am. Happy Independence Day!




We will be closed Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 28.




We are now stocking Amerimix Type N “Buff,” which is significantly lighter than our other grey cement mortars. We have also added three new masonry restoration wall anchors: Eye-bolts: used in conjunction with dowel pins to fasten stone copings to parapets J-bolts: used to connect terracotta units to backup walls L-strap: stone anchors   For more information or to place an order, call Randy Sabo at 312-833-5519.


Starting April 1 we will be open 6:30am-4:00pm Monday-Friday and 6:30am-11:30am on Saturdays.



Due to the record low temperatures predicted this week we will be closed on Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31. Stay warm and be safe!

UPCOMING CLASSES Our next class is Eisenwall Training & Certification on Wednesday, January 30. Join us for this free session on Eisenwall Cement, which is a premium blend of Rapid SetCement and high-performance additives for use in exterior plastering and stucco applications. Eisenwall is ideal where fast turnaround, high strength, superior durability, minimal shrinkage, and reduced cracking are desired. REGISTER HOLIDAY SCHEDULE We will be closed Saturday, December 22-Tuesday, December 25 and Saturday, December 29-Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Happy Holidays! WINTER HOURS We are now open from 6:30am to 3:00pm. We will be open Saturdays on December 1, December 8, and December 15. Starting on December 22 we will be closed on Saturday until Spring 2019. NEW: WE NOW OFFER DRYVIT! We are pleased to be a new Dryvit supplier, and we’re providing custom tinting in addition to the standard color line. We offer a range of finishes, including Quartzputz, Sandblast, Freestyle, Sandpebble, Sandpebble Fine, and Lymestone. Contact us today for more information. LABOR DAY HOLIDAY HOURS We will be closed on Saturday, September 1-Monday, September 3, reopening on Tuesday, September 4. Have a great holiday! JULY 4TH HOLIDAY HOURS We will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 and we’ll reopen at 6:30am on July 5th. Happy Independence Day! MEMORIAL DAY We will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, 2018. CONSTRUCTION ALERT! The City of Chicago will be doing street work at Albany and Fletcher starting on 3/21/18. While Fletcher is closed please enter our yard through our Belmont drive. SPRING HOURS We will be open Saturdays beginning Saturday March 17, 2018. Saturday hours: 6:30 -11:30 am. Extended summer hours will start Monday April 2, 2018.  Open: 6:30am   Close: 4:00pm. See you soon! WINTER HOURS As of Monday, November 27 we will be closing at 3:00pm Monday-Friday and we will be closed Saturdays until the spring.   NEW: PREBLENDED LIME MORTAR Customers have been asking for a convenient, ready to use product for small projects, so we’re now stocking a preblended lime mortar with mason sand.  This is a natural colored mortar that’s suitable for standard sized mortar joints, and the user just has to add water to use. It’s in stock and ready to pick up! CLOSED LABOR DAY WEEKEND We will be closed Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4 for the Labor Day Holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 5 at 6:30am.   FALL-WINTER CLASSES We’ve posted the upcoming schedule for our popular Historic Masonry Workshop series!   CUSTOMER APPRECIATION WEEK: AUGUST 15-18, 2017 Please join us for Customer Appreciation Week starting August 15. We’ll be offering free food and cold drinks, a chance to win prizes, and you can get information and advice from our product representatives. We hope to see you next week! NEW CLASS We are wrapping up our Winter workshop series with an all-new class on plaster repair on Thursday, April 6 from 9am-noon. This class will be taught by master plasterer Rory Brennan.  More… SPRING  HOURS  Starting in April we are open Monday-Friday, 6:30am-4:00pm, and Saturday 6:30am-11:30am. NEW JAHN CERTIFICATION CLASS ADDED We have just added another session of our JAHN Certification Class, so you can get certified before the spring season! Learn more and register online. FALL-WINTER CLASSES Plan on attending one of our masonry workshops. We’ve brought back our popular classes and added some new ones. Most classes are free, but space is limited so sign up now.   CUSTOMER APPRECIATION WEEK August 15-18 Join us for food, a free tee-shirt, a chance to win prizes, and save 10% on popular brands, and meet product representatives to ask questions and get advice.   Monday, May 16, 2016 Chicago historian Wendy Bright has written a blog post about Henry Frerk Sons. Check it out on her website, WendyCity.   We are collaborating with the Association for Preservation Technology Western Great Lakes Chapter to sponsor an evening of socializing and masonry patching. Download the flyer for more information.




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With projects involving the railway, time is of the essence. For this pedestrian tunnel in Munster, Indiana, the contractor had just 96 hours to remove live train tracks, build the pedestrian tunnel using precast concrete panels, backfill and return the tracks to service. Our HFS crew was called in to fill the 2 foot gaps between the precast concrete base with PP5M, an IDOT approved mix. It hardens to 3000 psi in 3 to 4 hours, but has an initial set time of just 5 minutes with 100% accelerator. It’s perfect for time-sensitive projects! Working with such a quick-setting concrete has its challenges. PP5M is usually poured directly off the truck into the form, but this site would not allow it. When the concrete crane bucket didn’t work as planned, our team got creative and used a backhoe instead. Read more: hfsmaterials.com/blog/2023/09/pedestrian-tunnel-project/#concrete #buildingmaterials #construction #heritagebusiness #buildingsupplies ...
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Our building materials yard has been in the same spot on Belmont Ave since 1888. Here’s a view of the eastern edge of the yard looking north from Albany Ave around 1900. Over a century later, we’re still here serving Chicago’s builders.Pictured are Wilfred and Lawrence Frerk, two of Henry Frerk’s grandsons. The older boy, Wilfred, became the third generation Frerk to run the company. Today, the company is still family-owned, with its 5th generation at the helm.#heritagebusiness #buildingmaterials #buildingsupplies #mortar #limemortar #masonry #concrete #restoration #construction #historicpreservation #concrete #chicago ...
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We will be closed Saturday-Monday in honor of Labor Day. See you Tuesday! #laborday #heritagebusiness #chicago #concrete #construction #restoration #historicpreservation ...
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No one:Us: Let’s match the mortar on Barbie’s uncoursed rubble masonry chimney! #historicpreservation #restoration #masonry #midcentury #barbie #barbiecore #dreamhouse #mortar #limemortar #tuckpointing #repointing ...
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