Sources: Skanska USA, New York; CP staff
Preliminary specifications for a residential project anchoring the 22-acre Atlantic Yards development in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y., indicate modular apartment units with drywall and steel stud enclosures, plus floors of Versaroc cementitious board and conventional metal decking bearing on a 32-story steel frame.
Source: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff
In a wrap up of July–December 2012 transactions for its Americas businesses, CRH reported a late-year asset exchange between Oldcastle Precast and Hanson Pipe & Precast—boosting the producers’ Oregon and Washington plus Florida market positions, respectively. The precast plant swap capped a six-month period where the Americas operations completed $330 million in acquisitions, including two two-plant ready mixed businesses joining Oldcastle Materials: Massachusetts’ Morse (October) and Tennessee’s Concrete Materials (December).
Sources: Irving Materials Inc., Greenfield, Ind.; CP staff
Irving Materials has acquired the ready mixed production assets of Transit-Mix Concrete Co. from Kim and Ann Anger, who had kept the Owensboro, Ky., business under family ownership as it approached its 75th year. Transit-Mix is strategic to an IMI operation in Owensboro— part of the company’s 18-plant, western Kentucky network. A customer guide to plant locations indicates that Transit-Mix brings IMI to 49 concrete sites in Kentucky, from northeast-central markets to the Mississippi River.
Sources: CP staff; TEC Products, Hartland, Wis.
A line of thin concrete brick suited to precast panels and tilt-up walls debuted at The Precast Show and Icon Expo, January 11–13 in Indianapolis. The clay product alternative is based on an extrusion method for vacuum-packed concrete mixes TEC Products has developed over the past decade, and brought to commercialization at a production line near Milwaukee.
Source: Iowa State University Institute for Transportation, Ames; CP staff
Discounted registration for the Fifth North American Conference on the Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC2013) is available through February 25th at the event website.
Source: Kimble Mixer Co., New Philadelphia, Ohio
Equipped with a CAN bus-based electrical system, the K2200C model joins Kimble’s bridge formula mixer line, with deliveries beginning in April. As demonstrated in automobiles, mobile cranes and earthmoving equipment for years, the CAN bus reduces wiring connections, eliminates harness splices and delivers improved reliability, product engineers note. Another K2200C feature, the Kimble CANLINK electrical system, supports options that include self diagnostics, rear vision camera, drum counters, drum speed, data logging, and many safety features for the driver.