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GCC completes $100M, 450M-mt Dacotah mill expansion

Sources: Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, S.A.B. de C.V., Mexico; CP staff 

GCC of America is ramping up new equipment at its Rapid City, S.D., Dacotah cement plant, where work on a $100 million capacity expansion began in 2016. Upgrades increase annual capacity to 1,167,000 metric tonnes and are expected to reduce variable costs. Overall production suspended during a late-2018 tie-in phase for new equipment has resumed.

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New owner brings Kimble Mixer, Crane Carrier under post-Hines umbrella

Sources: Crane Carrier Co., New Philadelphia, Ohio; CP staff

Crane Carrier Co. has become an independent company following the sale of its namesake truck and Kimble Mixer Co. businesses to Turnspire Capital Partners LLC and the management team. Previous known as Hines Specialty Vehicle Group, CCC consists of Crane Carrier Co. (truck chassis), Crane Carrier Company Engineered Chassis and CyKlone Mixers with Kimble Technology. In conjunction with acquiring Ohio manufacturing operations, Turnspire and management cite a substantial investment in CCC and will continue to support the business with financial and strategic resources.

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Beck and Mack, Con-Tech and Kenworth raise CIM Auction payload

Source: CIM National Steering Committee; CP staff

The Concrete Industry Management Auction at World of Concrete will have an equipment pool topped by two mixers for a second consecutive year, thanks to donations from Beck Industrial and Mack Trucks, plus Con-Tech Manufacturing, Kenworth Truck and Kenworth of Central Florida. Vehicle bidding will cap the CIM Auction, January 23 in Las Vegas Convention Center Room N262.

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Equipment group: 2019 capital outlay bump stands to best GDP rate

Source: Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Investment in equipment and software is projected to expand 4.1 percent in the new year, during which gross domestic product is set to increase 2.3 percent over 2018. The 2019 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook notes that such investment increased at a robust rate in the first half of 2018, driven by more preferable tax treatment and a general upswing in the U.S. economy. However, growth slowed in the third quarter and recent federal government figures suggest a continuation of the trend, providing a weak jumping off point for 2019. 

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ACPA honors New Enterprise’s Detwiler, Oregon State’s Weiss

Source: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill. 

Under the “Celebrating Concrete Victories” banner, the American Concrete Pavement Association named recipients of top annual honors during its 2018 meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan Award was presented to Don Detwiler, chairman of Pennsylvania-based New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., for long-standing commitment to advancing technology and elevating concrete pavement quality; plus, a distinguished career and lifelong service to the association and industry. The award is named for past ACPA Secretary-Treasurers Harold Hartmann (1964-1974), Robert Hirschman (1975-1987) and Edward Egan (1988-2007), the latter two also serving as 1967 and 1986 chairmen. 

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