In 1953, Acme Sand & Gravel was established by H. A. Kight on the far east side of Tucson on the west banks of the Pantano Wash. In 1964, the site on E 22nd Street was purchased by John P. Janosko and his son John M. Janosko under the name Janosko Enterprises Inc./Acme Sand & Gravel. Offering many sand and aggregate products and landscape materials like White Marble, Crushed Brick, and “Colored Gravel”. This river rock was 5/8 inch in size was color coated and available in 4 colors: green, aqua, gold and red.
Donna the daughter and the son’s of John P. and John M. grew up with the business. Much of the family took on various jobs the businesses required through the years. In 1968 the Gulf gas station was rolled in place on the east side of the property from it’s 22nd Street and Kolb Road location and used as a truck repair and maintenance shop for several years.
With the beginnings of a natural desert landscape and water conservation, John M and Gary Janosko opened Acme Exterior Decorator Center offering earth-tone colors in granites, lava rock from northern Arizona and Salt River Rock from the Phoenix Valley. In 1973 Acme Mini-Mix Concrete provided small batch ready-mix delivery to homeowners and contractors.
Over the decades other renters have operated similar business in the buildings on the premises. During the 1980s and 1990s Joe and Flo Kimpton operated the sand & gravel, Also in the late 80’s the decorator center became Starburst Materials and in the 90’s D & D Materials with Dick and Donna Nash and currently Sam and Nancy Legg. With the help of Michael Jacobs, the former Acme Sand & Gravel office was refurbished where he now resides as Tucson Bobcat.
With the passing of John M. Janosko in 2005 and to meet the needs of his heirs, the property was sold to Gary Janosko. Building upon the knowledge and experience learned over the years, the Acme complex has become unique and complementary to the growing needs of our desert community.