Concrete Products - Your Leading Source for Concrete Industry News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:54:44 -0400 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb (Concrete Products) Cretex operations bridge Hanson Building Products’ key market voids Sources: Hanson Building Products, Irving, Texas; CP staff

In the first major transaction since its early-2015 dispatch from HeidelbergCement AG, Hanson Building Products has closed on Maple Grove, Minn.-based Cretex Concrete Products, with 17 pipe and precast plants across 11 states and a payroll of 850. They join a portfolio of 100-plus concrete and clay product sites in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom.

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Forecaster ties sustained construction growth curve to crew productivity gains Sources: FMI Capital Advisors Inc., Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff

The Q3 FMI Construction Outlook sees year-over-year construction activities climbing 6 percent in 2015, up one point from a second quarter forecast, followed by a 7 percent increase in 2016—reaching the highest (inflation-adjusted) total since 2008.

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BeCo, Independent deals bring Fred Weber into concrete pipe, precast Sources: Fred Weber Inc., Maryland Heights, Mo.; CP staff

Heavy/civil contractor, aggregate and asphalt producer Fred Weber has acquired three Missouri pipe and precast plants—two operating as BeCo Concrete, the third Independent Concrete—from St. Louis peer J.H. Berra Construction.

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Concrete methods, systems to pace growth of overall fencing market Sources: Grand View Research Inc., San Francisco; CP staff

"Fencing Market Analysis By Material (Metal, Wood, Plastic & Composite, Concrete), By Application (Residential, Agriculture, Industrial) And Segment Forecasts To 2022" paints a stable outlook for one of precast concrete’s major growth segments of the past two decades.

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Jointless, cut-free PrimeComposite slab makes 182,000 sq. ft. debut Sources: Rabine Group, Schaumburg, Ill.; CP staff

Jointless 150High performance slab-on-grade and pavement specialist Rabine Group reports the first North American installation of the PrimeComposite Concrete Flooring System, combining proprietary finishing methods plus mixes rich in admixtures and steel fibers. As the foundation of a Lakeville, Minn., metalworking facility, the 6-in. thick, 182,000-sq.-ft. slab was finished in August, free of control joints and saw cuts. Following a 14-day cure, owner BTD Manufacturing Inc.—a component fabricator for Caterpillar, Cummins, Daimler, Deere, Terex and other heavy equipment manufacturers—placed the facility in service earlier this month.

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EPA sheds paper in revised NPDES reporting rule Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

With an eye to modernizing municipality and industry reporting, the EPA is set to issue a final rule requiring Clean Water Act-regulated entities plus state and federal regulators to electronically relay National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) data instead of filing paper forms. The measure will also augment an agency goal of making facility-specific inspection and enforcement history, pollutant monitoring results, and other NPDES permit data publicly available at

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Oshkosh President and COO Jones to succeed CEO Szews Sources: Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis.; CP staff

The parent of rear and front discharge mixer truck leader McNeilus Cos. has announced an executive transition, effective January 2016: Wilson Jones, president and chief operating officer, will replace Charlie Szews as chief executive officer. Since his 2005 appointment as Oshkosh Airport Products Business Unit vice president and general manager, Jones has held executive vice president and president posts in the Access Equipment (JLG) and Fire & Emergency (Pierce) segments—companions to the Commercial segment over McNeilus. In addition to the CEO appointment, he will replace Szews on the Oshkosh board.

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Fatal workplace injury rate rises slightly Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Department of Labor; CP staff

A preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries recorded in the U.S. during 2014 marks a 2 percent increase over prior year figures, according to the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Preliminary 2014 figures show a fatal work injury rate at 3.3 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, matching the 2013 level.

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