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Lafarge eyes $60M prairie province precast capacity upgrade

Lafarge eyes $60M prairie province precast capacity upgradeGrowing demand in energy, infrastructure, commercial and residential markets is driving Lafarge Canada’s planned doubling of output capability at its Edmonton precast operation, enclosure groundbreaking and equipment delivery scheduled for 2014. An investment upward of $60 million will see the addition of plant automation technology, including robotics and full-scale computer-aided design and fabrication.

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MANUFACTURERS April 2014

Besser Co. announces the addition of Travis Dye to the Pipe and Precast Sales team. Based in Sioux City, Iowa, he joins colleagues serving producers from around the globe with equipment, retrofit and parts service and deliveries.Besser Co. announces the addition of Travis Dye to the Pipe and Precast Sales team. Based in Sioux City, Iowa, he joins colleagues serving producers from around the globe with equipment, retrofit and parts service and deliveries.

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HANSON STRUCTURAL SCORES VIKINGS STADIUM CONTRACT

Hanson Structural Precast of Maple Grove, Minn.,Hanson Structural Precast of Maple Grove, Minn., has added to its 2014-15 schedule more than 102,000 linear feet of precast concrete members to support seating sections for the new Minneapolis home of the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings.

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York Building Products adds New Holland Concrete operations

New Holland Concrete headquarters, shown here in 2012.With seven block and paver plants in eastern Pennsylvania and Maryland, York Building Products has become the mid-Atlantic market’s largest concrete masonry source after closing on much of Martin Limestone’s New Holland Concrete business. “New Holland’s portfolio of products will help ensure the future growth of the York Building Products brand, and we are excited about the integration of products between the two companies,” says Jason Schmitz, vice president of Operations at York Building Products, York, Pa.

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ORGANIZATIONS April 2014

The National Concrete Masonry Association elected its board of directors during the NCMA Annual Convention earlier this year in Palm Springs, Calif. Dale Puskas of Basalite Concrete Products was elected NCMA chairman of the board, citing among primary goals, “Maintaining and growing market share against competitive systems, improving the recent decline in membership due to the economic downturn and the perceived value of associations in general, advocating for government regulations and establishing organizational succession planning as new leaders begin to emerge in our industry.”

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