Anchor Wall Today

Anchor Wall Systems develops attractive, durable, easy-to install retaining and free-standing wall systems. We license our designs, which are backed by extensive research, testing and marketing support, to manufacturers who then market to contractors and homeowners through local landscaping supply dealers and big-box retailers.

The end result is anything that can be imagined—innovative, lasting landscapes and environmentally sound walls that complement any outdoor environment. With a wide array of styles, shapes and textures made from natural materials, Anchor Wall Systems lets consumers and contractors design and build something beautiful.

Anchor Wall Systems now works with manufacturer licensees in the United States and more than 20 other countries to create retaining and freestanding wall systems. We hold more than 120 U.S. patents and numerous international patents.

Anchor Wall Systems Retaining Walls: About Us & History

Anchor Wall History

While current homeowners and contractors may know Anchor brand as a market leader in the retaining wall industry, our company’s history stretches back more than 100 years — decades before modern retaining wall technology was invented.

At the beginning of the 20th century, our company supplied the American Midwest with the iconic construction blocks that define many of our region’s historic buildings. Today, our commitment to producing superior construction materials remains strong; we’ve transformed and grown our business significantly.

As the construction and landscaping industries evolved, Anchor Wall worked hard to meet the marketplace’s demands. Led by the vision of Glenn Bolles who built the company through a series of acquisitions with an incredible drive toward innovation, we invented a pinless, mortarless retaining wall system. This sought-after design made us a pioneer in the retaining wall industry, and we soon realized the opportunity to expand beyond our Minneapolis home and the Midwest.

So, in 1989 we established Anchor Wall Systems, one of the leading developers and licensors of concrete wall systems. Anchor Wall Systems now works with manufacturer licensees in the United States and more than 20 other countries to create retaining and freestanding wall systems made with natural materials. We hold more than 120 U.S. patents and numerous international patents.

In 2015, we were acquired by Oldcastle® Architectural, a leading supplier of innovative and sustainable masonry and hardscape products for North America’s building and landscaping markets. Oldcastle Architectural is the innovator behind many of the industry’s well-known brands including Belgard® and Echelon™ masonry products and EnduraMax® High Performance Wall System, among others. It is also a division of Oldcastle Building Products™, a subsidiary of Oldcastle®, Inc., the North American arm of CRH plc; one of the top five international building materials companies.

Today, homeowners, business owners and communities alike recognize the impact a welcoming, visually appealing outdoor space can make. This renewed pride in one’s surroundings, along with an incredible spirit of innovation and creativity, has kept Anchor Wall Systems busy. But we’re not just keeping up with production on our current systems — we’re always looking ahead, figuring out what’s next.

Fueled by our persistent curiosity, Anchor Wall Systems continues to lead the hardscapes industry with expertly engineered building products that inspire contractors and homeowners to build something beautiful.

Anchor Wall History

Anchor Wall History