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ACI assumes sole operation of Adhesive Anchor Installer certification

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

After working with the Concrete Reinforcement Steel Institute since 2011 as a founding cosponsor, ACI is exclusively overseeing Adhesive Anchor Installer (AAI) certification. Developed in response to a National Transportation Safety Board request following a Boston Central Artery/Tunnel precast panel anchor failure, the certification program is now available in 40-plus locations.

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Investors capitalize Big Apple-centered Boccella Precast

Sources: Main Street Capital Corp., Houston; CP staff

Main Street Capital has announced an $18.6 million outlay combining first-lien, senior secured term debt and direct equity investment in Berlin, N.J.-based Boccella Precast LLC, a structural concrete products operator serving metropolitan New York, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets. The firm partnered with Ashland Capital Partners, Chicago, and Boccella management on the transaction.

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Ozinga broadens Indiana footprint in Eagle Ready-Mix acquisition

Sources: Ozinga Ready Mix, Inc., Mokena, Ill.; CP staff

Continuing a Great Lakes market expansion north and east of its Chicago base, Ozinga RMC has closed on Indiana’s Eagle Ready-Mix, characterizing the family owned operator as rich in values and principles—and a perfect fit with its culture. The producer’s Goshen and Elkhardt sites join their new owner’s 11-plant business serving north central Indiana and southwest Michigan.

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Caterpillar aligns with brick-laying robotics specialist

Sources: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.; CP staff

A memorandum of understanding positions Caterpillar and Australia-based Fastbrick Robotics to collaborate on development, manufacturing, sales and servicing of the latter company’s bricklaying technology. Effective for 12 months, it will see Caterpillar take a $2 million stake in Fastbrick Robotics, potentially followed by an additional $8 million investment.

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Gage Bros. eyes $40M successor to 102-year-old flagship plant

Sources: Gage Brothers, Sioux Falls, S.D.; CP staff

Gage Bros. is targeting a 2019 opening for an advanced, 210,000-sq.-ft. headquarters operation in Sioux Falls, where it was founded in 1915 and presently has precast/prestressed concrete production spread across 16 buildings on 30 acres.

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