Jensen Precast enters Oregon, expands offerings through Brooks deal

Sources: Jensen Precast, Sparks, Nev.; CP staff

A key source of engineered concrete infrastructure solutions for West Coast markets, Jensen Precast has acquired underground structure specialist Brooks Products, operating Portland, Ore., and Ontario, Calif., plants. The deal marks an Oregon entry for Jensen Precast and enables it to provide an expanded product line and expedited service for a variety of infrastructure conditions. The Ontario location, moreover, affords Jensen Precast a robust will call service for southern California customers seeking walk-in purchases. 

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Amcon acquires Concrete Materials unit masonry plants

Source: TCC Materials, Mendota Heights, Minn.

A deal with Sweetman Construction Co., dba Concrete Materials, has netted TCC Materials’ Amcon Concrete Products business block plants in Harrisburg, S.D., and Worthington, Minn. They join a network of concrete masonry and hardscape unit plants in Medford, St. Cloud and St. Joseph, Minn., plus Rapid City, S.D.

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3D machine vision lifts wall panel automation, quality control

Finland’s Elematic Oyj and North America’s Elematic Inc. answer growing demands for precast element productivity and verification with Comcaster. The new automatic casting system eases quality control in wall panel production, detecting possible errors early. It scans the casting table using a 3D machine vision system, making sure all of the details are placed correctly: shuttering, reinforcement, lifting hooks, and spots for different electric wall sockets or other inserts.

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Commanding a New Era

David Pitre is 2014-15 Chairman of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
David Pitre is 2014-15 Chairman of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute accomplished a great amount in 2013, which seemed fitting as it entered a new era as this year marks ICPI’s 20th anniversary. Convening in New Orleans in late March for the 2014 Annual Meeting and anniversary observance, David Pitre, director of Engineering Products for Pavestone Co., opened the general session and began his two-year term as chairman at the close of the meeting.

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Steep angle conveyor belts

Legg Co. Continental Conveyer Belt Group

Eyeing land-locked or tight footprint applications, the company has broadened its portfolio with Legg-Wall, capable of conveying at up to 90-deg. inclines and offering three sidewall and three cleat types. The belts can be supplied with light, medium or heavy corrugated sidewalls, depending on materials, and feature fabric reinforcement for greater stability.

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Hat-mounted light

Hat-mounted light

The Halo Light illuminates a worker’s entire task area without adjustment and shadows. Features include 360-degree halo light active illumination system; visibility up to ¼ mile away in all directions; ability to fully illuminate the worker’s task area out to the visual periphery; tension spring-mounting system connects securely to any hard hat.

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Energy reduction nets Mack Trucks EPA Climate Leader Award

MACUNGIE (PA.) ASSEMBLY LINE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership announced the third annual Climate Leadership Award winners in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry. Nationally, 19 awards were given to 15 organizations and two individuals in the public and private sectors for their leadership in addressing climate change by reducing carbon pollution.

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MOVING PRECAST TO THE TOP

Dean Gwin Is 2014 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Chairman
Dean Gwin Is 2014 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Chairman

Since taking the helm from Tom Kelley, P.E. as the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Chairman, Dean Gwin, president & COO of Gate Construction Materials Group, has been eager to assist and challenge members to “move the needle” of the percentage of times precast is chosen for construction projects in a rebounding market. 

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High strength grout

High strength grout, ChemMasters, Inc.

Gorilla Grout Enhanced Strength Grout suits high compressive strength applications without the “creep” associated with epoxy grout formulations. Plastic and flowable compressive strengths exceed 10,000 psi at 28 days (ASTM C 109 2-in. cube test), notes the manufacturer. The non-shrink, non-metallic construction grout features controlled expansion, meets ASTM standards C 1107 and CRD-C621, and can be specified for high tolerance placements that require maximum load bearing capacity. The grout can be placed with standard equipment even at high fluid consistency. 

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