The red-hot housing market is leading the economic recovery

by Pierre G. Villere As I approach five decades of practicing in the investment banking world, one truism that has been consistent is that housing always leads us out of recessions. As a matter of fact, the housing industry serves as a source of strength during an economic recovery, as has been the case in nearly every recession over the…

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Licensed retaining wall systems

The company licenses production of Forix and Gravix precast retaining wall units for residential, commercial, industrial, department of transportation and heavy rail projects. Innovative, patented design of a triangular section in the stem perpendicular to the face allows the weight of the backfill to bear on the units, resulting in a stabilizing effect. Capitalizing on the efficient use of concrete,…

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Portable electric screed

The Eel Screed 6100 features a direct drive system, eliminating pulleys and linkage belts and adding to the unit’s ease of maintenance. A variable control, ergonomically integrated into the unit’s handle, allows working speeds between 0-300 rpm and provides ease of operation to adjust for different slump conditions or mix delivery rates. A single button directional change allows for fast…

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Leadership Summons

A visit with 2020 ACPA Chairman William (Bill) Washabaugh, Jr. American Concrete Pipe Association members enlisted a seasoned chairman for a year of major developments, both planned and unforeseeable: Staff leadership transition; creation of a senior position to oversee a new focus on reinforced concrete pipe and box culvert market development, coupled with the chartering of a Marketing Committee; then,…

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Merts marks iron milestone

Milton B. Merts, Sr. established Albany, Ga.-based Merts Equipment Co. in 1950 to provide contractors, miners and farmers with gasoline or oil engines, roadbuilding or quarry machinery, and irrigation equipment. In the following decade, the company began building small ready mixed concrete batch plants, including models on wheels for staging near pouring operations.

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