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Toledo Mud Hens

Teaming up to build Fifth Third Field.

Baseball field home plate

Kuhlman Corporation played a major role in building Fifth Third Field, Toledo’s beautiful stadium for minor-league baseball’s famous Mud Hens.

In fact, you could call Kuhlman the club’s designated concrete/masonry hitter to project architects HNTB and The Collaborative, construction manager The Lathrop Company, and contractors Rudolph/Libbe, A.A. Boos, and G-A Masonry. Other Kuhlman customers on the project included Brooks Contracting, Great Lakes Concrete Restoration, E.S. Wagner, and Louis Irving Masonry.

The striking square-block downtown structure includes more than 10,000 cubic yards of Kuhlman ready-mixed concrete and ready-mixed masonry grout, delivered in more than 1,000 truckloads over 12 months. Plus, the tunnels, bleachers, and concrete walls throughout the facility were finished quickly and attractively with the pre-engineered German-made Paschal Logo concrete forming system provided by Kuhlman and Symons Corporation.

“It was our first time using this forming system, and it worked well,” explains Lee Schoeber, Rudolph/Libbe’s job superintendent for concrete. “It left a great finish on the concrete.” In addition, more than 20 other masonry products from Kuhlman were used to build Fifth Third Field, including approximately:

  • 100,000 Belden “Rubigo Red” utility-sized bricks
  • 8,000 Prairie Stone smooth- and rock-faced decorative blocks in 34 different shapes
  • 100,000 square feet of masonry wire reinforcing
  • 7,500 sacks of masonry mortar
  • 1,000 tons of mason sand
  • 10,000 square feet of flashing
  • 6,000 feet of rebar
  • 15,000 masonry anchors and pintles
  • 700 cubic yards of masonry grout

The Kuhlman Corporation recognized that the Hens’ new home, unlike most buildings, would host millions of visitors over its lifetime.

Mud Hens’ General Manager Joseph Napoli declared, “Kuhlman provided the Mud Hens and Fifth Third Field with the highest caliber products, service, and workmanship. We’re proud to have Kuhlman on our team.”

Joe Zunk, job superintendent for The Lathrop Company, the stadium’s general contractor, stated, “Thank you, Kuhlman, for all your help with the Toledo Mud Hens’ new stadium.” Zunk added that he truly appreciates the attention he receives from Kuhlman representatives through every aspect of a project.

“Kuhlman is a company where the salespeople won’t leave you after the sale,” said Zunk.

Kuhlman is pleased to have been selected as a significant supplier to this landmark project, noted Company President Tim Goligoski. “We have been part of the fabric of downtown Toledo for 100 years, and it’s very gratifying to start our second century with a project as noteworthy as the new Mud Hens Stadium.”