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In 1965, William W. “Billy” Cooke, a young Assistant Cashier at Southside Bank, had the opportunity to purchase an existing concrete company in his hometown of Tappahannock, Virginia. Mr. Rowe, of E.P. Rowe Concrete, was retiring and looking for a buyer. Billy, being an entrepreneur decided to give the concrete business a try. The business consisted of an early 1950’s manual batch plant without a cement silo. All cement was delivered by tractor trailer in bags, unloaded by hand and then loaded into the mixers, also by hand. The business started with only two mixer trucks and four employees (one of which was his wife Betty Anne). Growth began in 1976 when Billy bought a site in Aylett, and erected his second concrete plant. Around this time both of Billy’s sons, Keith and Kent, became full-time employees of Essex Concrete and were destined to follow in their father’s footsteps. In 1978, Billy purchased land and built a sand and gravel plant across the Mattaponi River from Aylett. Operation of this plant began in 1979 and was named Aylett Sand & Gravel. Mortar sand, concrete sand, and washed gravels are mined and sold to a number of locations across the state of Virginia through this location. Aylett Sand & Gravel supplies products for a diverse number of needs and customers. A variety of gravel is available for driveway needs, as well as landscaping, riprap for shorelines, concrete, mortar, and asphalt sand. The concrete plant in Aylett was moved in 1982 to the current Aylett Sand & Gravel Plant site. Concrete is sold and delivered from this location to areas from Tappahannock to Mechanicsville, and West Point to Hanover Courthouse.