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VanHooseCo Precast, LLC recently launched a production licensing program for proprietary wall systems. Engineered for residential and commercial building, plus earth-retaining applications, they are based on EnvirOcast structural panel templates, with vertical and horizontal concrete studs and bond beams imparting flexural and shear capacity. System licensees can offer various face finish options, including patterns from brick or stone form liners. VanHooseCo Precast will promote licensing options for these systems at the 2017 Precast Show (March 2-4, Cleveland):

Engineering enhancements to the EPA Tier 4 Final Caterpillar M Series Small Wheel Loaders—926M, 930M and 938M models—plus K Series 924K, 930K and 938K models span standard and optional features that boost productivity, improve operating ease, and increase uptime reliability.

Precast producers have a new method of protecting concrete water and wastewater structure interior surfaces. Rigid HDPE and PVC liner systems and post production, surface-applied coatings considered standard in the industry are now challenged by XR-QuikLiner, a cast in liner system, according to developer Seaman Corp.

Advanced Concrete Technologies, Inc. enters 2017 with a new line of affordable batch plants equal to a wide range of applications. The small footprint CentroMix models arrive on site pre-wired, pre-plumbed and factory tested for quick and easy installation—requiring merely a single electric, water and air connection to be up and running.

As much of the nation’s wastewater and sewer infrastructure approaches the 50- to 100-year service life mark, it must be rehabilitated to remain in use for a growing population. Yet municipal wastewater treatment facilities, sewers and vaults endure some of the most severe and corrosive environments in public works, and must pass increasing Environmental Protection Agency scrutiny.