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Unistress ramps up for $70M, New NY Bridge precast deck contract

CAPTION: Preliminary New NY Bridge contract work has seen Unistress crews run steam lines with actuator valves and power to deck panel casting beds, secure collapsible tent enclosures, and test specimens. Unistress Corp. in Pittsfield, Mass., is investing $6 million in capacity upgrades and adding 100-plus production staff to support the largest contract in its 46-year history: 6,000 precast deck panels, typically 40- x 12-ft., for the New NY Bridge. Upon a scheduled 2018 opening, the 3.1-mile, $3.9-billion Hudson River crossing will replace the Tappan Zee Bridge, linking Westchester and Rockland, N.Y., counties and nearing its 60th year in service.

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COO Hill replaces CEO James as new Vulcan leadership team takes hold

Sealing a previously announced executive leadership transition, Vulcan Materials Co. directors have named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer J. Thomas Hill successor to President and CEO Donald James, who will assume the role of executive chairman. Chief Financial Officer John McPherson has been promoted to chief financial and strategy officer, gaining responsibilities for both strategy and human resources functions, while retaining an executive vice president title.

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Hanson UK veteran named Aggregate Industries US COO

Guy EdwardsGuy Edwards has been appointed Aggregate Industries US chief operating officer, bringing a resume spanning management roles for the United Kingdom operations of Hanson, Tarmac and Aggregate Industries predecessor, Bardon. He will be tasked with strategy implementation and business improvement, and assessing the organization’s structure, efficiency and performance.

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Ozinga RMC integrates Aggregate Industries/Meyer Material’s Illinois sites

A definitive agreement with Aggregate Industries US, centered on ready mixed production and fleet assets at 14 Meyer Material Co. sites, has netted Ozinga Bros. Inc. an expanded footprint across seven northern Illinois counties. The deal transfers concrete plant operation and delivery to Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, while Aggregate Industries/Meyer Material maintains six aligned sand & gravel properties.

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