Investigative Programs: Organized Crime
Ready-Mix Concrete Industry
The Ready-Mix Concrete Industry in New York City is an area of investigative focus by the FBI due to its history of being controlled by the La Cosa Nostra (LCN) through labor racketeering activities. At one time, the LCN effectively regulated the concrete industry through its control of the two unions involved in manufacturing and delivering most of the concrete utilized in Manhattan construction projects. These two unions are the Teamsters Local 282, and the Cement and Concrete Workers Union. The Colombo LCN Family extorted a one percent kickback on all pouring contracts up to $2 million. Contracts from $2 million to $15 million were reserved for certain contractors which were approved by the LCN Commission and resulted in a 2 percent kickback to the LCN, and contracts over $15 million were reserved for a company controlled by the Genovese LCN Family.