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Masonry, veneer stone, Martha Stewart meet in Builders’ Show concept home

Sources: KB Home, Los Angeles; Builder Magazine, Washington, D.C.; National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

Concrete block supports the energy-wise “KB Home GreenHouse: An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart,” timed with the 2011 International Builders’ Show, January 12-15, in Orlando, Fla. The 2,700-sq.-ft., single-level home features weatherized and insulated concrete masonry walls, plus fiber-cement siding, precast veneer stone, solar panel-bearing roof tile, and pavers from James Hardie Building Products, StoneCraft Industries, MonierLifetile and Boral Bricks.

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Royal Concrete affords Metromont bigger modular precast, Florida beachhead

Sources: Metromont Corp., Greenville, S.C.; CP staff

On the heels of a major new precast/prestressed operation in Bartow, Fla., Metromont has taken a majority interest in West Palm Beach-based Royal Concrete Concepts (RCC), a modular precast systems specialist. “The investment allows us to further diversify our business with additional building systems and grow in other market segments,” says Metromont CEO Rick Pennell, adding that one of the biggest draws to RCC is its “management team, passion, and ability to execute. This partnership will strengthen both companies. We will continue to offer safe, attractive and energy-efficient building solutions that combine speed and quality construction with the capacity to endure.”

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Gate Precast harmonizes eight plants’ branding

Source: Gate Precast Co., Jacksonville, Fla.

Architectural and structural precast concrete producer Gate Construction Materials Group will operate all production facilities under the name Gate Precast Co. The Gate Concrete Products Co. name has been used since 1980 for flagship and Pearland, Texas, structural precast plants.

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Propex survey finds producers confident in market turnaround

Source: Propex Operating Co., Chattanooga, Tenn.

Ready mixed producers responding to a Propex Concrete Solutions survey on the use of synthetic fibers indicated that avoiding liability is key issue and, contrary to some industry observers’ outlook, they are optimistic on construction market improvement. Propex sought to gain a deeper understanding of producers and how to best help them achieve business goals. More than 1,300 respondents—from a pool of about 5,000 target U.S. producers—underscored how the ready mixed industry is the company’s key constituency.

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NRMCA Associate Members launch producer community service award

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Nominations are open through February 15 for the inaugural Concrete Cares Award, established by the NRMCA Manufacturers, Products & Services Division to recognize producer members’ outstanding contributions in community service. With plants in almost every community in America, the association notes, those members make a difference by supporting schools and local recreation departments, plus activities ranging from Earth Day celebrations, to Boys & Girls Clubs, to breast cancer awareness campaigns.

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