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The Ideal Way – Most likely you know us as Pavers by Ideal®, a registered trademark of Ideal Concrete Block Co., the name we market our line of hardscape products under. As a 4th generation family-owned business, we pride ourselves in honoring the Ideal tradition of quality and service which has been proudly passed along through four generations of the Burgoyne family.

Our commitment to quality – We take great pride in producing the finest concrete products available. They are manufactured according to strict industry specifications and are then benchmarked by our own exacting internal standards. Our commitment to excellence ensures superb quality, exceptional strength, lasting durability, and consistent, rich color.

Ideal… a name you can rely on! – We have made New England our home for 100 years and are one of the first companies in the United States to manufacture concrete pavers. We bring you over 40 years of experience and have sold millions of square feet of pavers and countless walls throughout New England! You can feel confident using Ideal. Our products are backed by a Lifetime Warranty and our name. After all, you might say we are time tested… since 1923.

We are here for you – Ideal values our relationship with our customers. We have partnered with an extensive network of Dealers throughout New England who share our core values to provide responsive customer service and expertise that meets your needs.

Thank you,
The Burgoyne Family

Our History

Almost 100 years ago, our grandfather Leo Burgoyne had a vision for his family and newly formed company. Named after the machine used to produce the product he sold, Ideal manufactured concrete blocks for homes through-out the Boston area. With a robust work ethic and unwavering determination Leo labored for his dreams… seven days a week, year after year… during the Great Depression and World War II years that followed.

His benchmarks were quality and service.  His motto “Through service we grow.” This philosophy was passed onto our father when he ran the company during the mid 1950’s until his retirement in 1990 and is still the foundation of our company today.  Little did our grandfather know that when he started his small block company 100 years ago that his values would continue from one generation to the next and now that small company has grown beyond local boundaries and has earned a reputation as  a company of excellence throughout the country and indeed… around the world.


  • APRIL 1, 1923 - Leo Burgoyne starts his block company with one Ideal Hand Tamp Block Machine at Lexington Street in Waltham (300 block per 10 hour day).

  • 1926-1942 - Leo adds various hand tamp and brick machines.

  • 1966 - Leo’s son Joe, installs the first automated Columbia block plant at the Waltham location.

  • 1967 - Ideal manufactures and ships specialty products to Monrovia and Liberia in West Africa.

  • 1975 - Ideal is the first company in the United States to produce Lockstone Paving Stones (8000 sf of pavers per day).

  • 1978 - Ideal starts production at its second totally automated manufacturing facility in Westford, MA.

  • 1985 - Ideal starts production of the first automated Zenith paving plant in the Northeast.

  • 1986 - Ideal begins to manufacture Segmental Retaining Wall Systems.

  • 1987 - Ideal adds its second automated Zenith production plant increasing overall capacity to 40,000 sf of pavers per day.

  • 1989 - Ideal installs the first robotic paver storage system in the United States.

  • 1991 - Ideal begins to market their product line as “Pavers by Ideal.”

  • 1993 - Ideal becomes a charter member of the newly formed Interlocking Concrete Paving Institute (ICPI) & serves a key role in the leadership of the organization.

  • 1997 - Ideal begins production with its second production facility for retaining walls in Westford (18,500 block per 8 hour day).

  • 1998 - Ideal installs the first of three Tumbling Systems.

  • 2008 - Ideal completes new construction at their original location in Waltham, MA. The building houses a new state of the art indoor and outdoor showroom, training center and a True Value Hardware Store.

  • 2013 - Ideal begins marketing an extensive line of natural stone under the name Natural Stone by Ideal.

  • 2017 - Ideal participates in the first annual Northeast Hardscape Expo.

  • 2018 - Ideal introduces Color with 4D Technology.

  • 2023 - Ideal, a fourth generation family owned company, proudly enters its 100th year in business, continuing to serve customers in the Northeast market.