Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff
National Mixer Driver Appreciation Week, October 5-9, will afford ready mixed concrete producers and their allies an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and customer service of delivery professionals across the industry. NRMCA announced the event in conjunction with a rescheduling of this year’s National Mixer Truck Driver Championship to September 2021. The competition is a major draw of the ConcreteWorks Conference and Expo, originally set for September 25-27 in Colorado but moved to October 7-8 in virtual format.
Sources: Steelike Inc., Springfield, Va.; CP staff
Steelike Inc., developer and supplier of a namesake ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) and formerly operating as Kulish Design Co. LLC, has announced a $2 million seed investment, led by a Chicago group. The funding will expedite research and development of mixes and production methods, while positioning staff to continue building contractor, engineer, agency and precast producer relationships.
Sources: Salt River Materials Group, Phoenix; CP staff
One of the West’s principal Class F fly ash sources continues to build out processing and blending capacity in response to diminished supplies of the material stemming from coal-fired power generating station retirements.
Sources: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas; CP staff
Accepting the limitations of customary Concrete Pipe Week in-person activities—plant tours, employee appreciation events, plus engagement with federal, state or local officials—the American Concrete Pipe Association has scheduled online presentations for the August 16-22 observance. The group will convey the value proposition of rigid, robust drainage infrastructure through these Monday-Friday presentations and webinars, live or on-demand:
Sources: Stephens Mfg., Tompkinsville, Ky.; CP staff
Stephens Mfg. will manufacture, service and market the DrumBlaster Daily Washout System in North America under a new agreement with the equipment’s Brisbane, Australia developer. Through a small control booth and telescoping, nozzle-tipped wand, the system automates rear or front discharge mixer truck drum cleaning, typically in five-minute cycles, and can reduce material build up on fins up to 85 percent compared to conventional washout routines. North American DrumBlaster installations since the system’s 2017 market premier include sites running Stephens batch plants.
Source: Astec Industries, Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn.
Astec Industries has acquired Montreal-based BMH Systems, Inc., a concrete plant equipment manufacturer best known for the RollMaster reversing mixer drum. BMH product integration, Astec officials note, provides a comprehensive concrete plant offering in North America, enhances engineering expertise, creates cost synergy opportunities, and delivers a strong platform for Canadian market development.