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CalStar begins production at two-line, Mississippi masonry plant

CAPTION:The cast stone products are made with CalStar’s proprietary process that incorporates up to 37 percent recycled content and eliminates the need for portland cement; calcium silicate materials, which require energy-intensive autoclaving; or for kiln-firing, typical of traditional clay brick. When measured against portland cement and clay alternatives, each CalStar product requires up to 81 percent less energy to make while emitting up to 84 percent less carbon dioxide.CalStar Products has begun delivering building and landscape units from a 100,000-sq.-ft., Columbus, Miss., operation—an ambitious satellite to a Racine, Wis., flagship plant opened in 2010. With dry- and wet-cast lines for brick, trim and paver products using proprietary binders and high fly ash content, the facility sits on 23 acres in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park.

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Oldcastle Precast ships record-length Caltrans girders

OldcastleAs part of California Department of Transportation’s $1.6 billion Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) South Corridor Improvement Project, Oldcastle Precast-Perris is fabricating 158.5-ft. prestressed concrete super girders for the Norwalk-San Antonio Bridge—built in stages entailing placement of seven, four and nine beams. 

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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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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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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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