The edge of innovation

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The leading edge of design will always be in the distance, a constant challenge most in the building industry find compelling. Designers want to innovate because their clients expect a wow factor in the finished product. Builders must make it happen, stretching to find subcontractors with the precise knowledge, skill, and equipment required to deliver the leading-edge innovation. For both designers and builders, keeping up with the curve is critical.

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PVC paver edge restraints

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Product engineers present Pave Edge as proven restraints that withstand greater loads, exhibit lower deformation and require fewer spikes than typical systems. PVC plastic construction affords the restraints superior strength and memory, they add, while a patented lip design means the edging will stay in place through the ground’s frost heave movement and help keep sand where it is meant to be.

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Oldcastle Precast raises lifting capacity at major California operation

The Oldcastle Precast plant in Perris, Calif., recently deployed a pair of Shuttlelift Double Beam 90 Series rubber-tired gantry cranes. The 180,000-lb. capacity machines’ custom spreader assemblies enable crews to lift a wider variety of products than prior models; allow cranes to work independently or in tandem; and, equip the plant for future transportation market structures.

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New Image lengthens front discharge mixer service life

Indiana-based New Image Mixer has dedicated a 70,000-sq.-ft. facility for front discharge mixer truck refurbishment. It offers two packages for extending vehicle service life, each maintaining an original VIN to allow truck owners economy and flexibility in powertrain overhaul or upgrades. Under a basic package, New Image tears down old mixers to rolling chassis; installs new wiring harnesses plus air, hydraulic and water lines; sandblasts and paints cab, barrel, hood and fenders; rebuilds engines and major components or replaces with remanufactured Cummins or Caterpillar power; and, performs complete cab interior overhaul. A second package includes those services around new, customer-supplied Terex Advance or Oshkosh box frames, plus a host of hood, lighting, fender, barrel, chute and chassis options.

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Agreement expands Terex Advance parts and service program

Terex Advance and Terex Services have announced a cooperative agreement to enhance customer service to concrete producers and mixer truck owners across the United States. It will augment the services and repairs of Terex Advance customer equipment by providing on-site support and parts at Terex Services facilities. The program will start at Charlotte, N.C., and Whitehouse, Tenn., facilities, with intentions to expand the support offerings coast to coast.

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MANUFACTURERS – JULY 2018

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Duane Rondeau, a 30-year Besser Co. veteran, has been promoted to executive director of Sales – Masonry & Hardscape, responsible for national and international sales teams. Upon graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Michigan Technological University, Rondeau joined the Besser Engineering team in 1988, later moving into sales administration and ultimately a leadership role in international sales in 2012.

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ORGANIZATIONS – JULY 2018

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The Charles Pankow Foundation has named Anne Ellis, P.E., FACI, F.ASCE and past-American Concrete Institute president, as special advisor to the board of directors. She will work with Executive Director Mark Perniconi on a major new initiative to rally support for practical research advancing innovations in building design and construction.

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PRODUCERS – JULY 2018

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Chaney Enterprises has announced a new sales department structure concurrent with two internal promotions to provide better customer service and align with the Maryland producer’s strategic growth. Sal Bianco has been promoted to Northern/Eastern Shore Sales and business development manager and Brandon Coombs to Southern Sales and business development manager. They joined Chaney Enterprises in 2011 and 2003, respectively, and were previously business development representatives.

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