BMH Systems arrives in Astec portfolio, alongside Con-E-Co, Rexcon

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.

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Con-E-Co joins Rexcon under Astec umbrella

Sources: Astec Industries Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn.; CP staff

Astec Industries has closed on Blair, Neb.-based Concrete Equipment Co., adding the mainstay batch plant manufacturer to an Infrastructure Solutions group portfolio that includes peer operator Rexcon LLC. The business was acquired from Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp., where Con-E-Co had served since 2005 as a plant equipment companion to namesake and McNeilus front and rear discharge mixer truck offerings.

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Liebherr engineers invite small orders with self-service batch plant

Sources: Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH, Germany; CP staff

Virginia-based Liebherr USA’s parent company plans a global launch this summer of an automated batch plant tailored to small professional or do-it-yourself project customers. With output at about 35 yd./hour, the model will be equipped for adjustable height discharge of .20- to 2.5-yd. loads in small trailers or larger vehicles, including conventional mixer trucks. 

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Texas attorney spins novel challenge to batch plant expansion

Sources: Office of Harris County (Texas) Attorney Vince Ryan, Houston; CP staff

A recently filed lawsuit to block placement of a second batch plant at the Concrete Pros Ready Mix Inc. site in southeast Houston has Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan testing for the first time the applicability of a Texas public nuisance law—often used to shut down illegal game rooms, massage parlors, smoke shops, and motels that permit prostitution—to construction materials production. 

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Smith-Midland completes Carolina satellite expansion

Sources: Smith-Midland Corp., Midland, Va.; CP staff

Smith-Carolina timed a November 1 open house for its new $3 million operation in Reidsville, N.C., with National Precast Concrete Association-sponsored Precast Days activities across North America. The event spotlighted a 15,000 -sq.-ft. plant enclosure located on a 46-acre plot geared to future expansion. 

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MANUFACTURERS – NOVEMBER 2017

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Charah LLC has opened a fly ash storage terminal in Kelim, Colo., north of Denver, in partnership with Great Western Railway of Colorado operator and rail-to-truck transloading services provider OmniTRAX. Geared to Rocky Mountain States concrete producers, the facility joins the Charah MultiSource Class C and Class F fly ash distribution network, whose recent expansion has also seen new terminals in California, the Midwest, New England and the South.

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Astec steps up concrete batch plant presence in RexCon deal

Sources: Astec Industries Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn.; CP staff

Astec has acquired the assets of concrete batch plant manufacturer RexCon LLC, Burlington, Wis., in a $26 million cash transaction. A key player in central mixed equipment, RexCon becomes a sister operation of Albuquerque, N.M.-based CEI Enterprises, which has built a transit mixed equipment line under the Fusion banner.

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BASF charts commercial path for alternative to conventional air entrainment

Sources: BASF Construction Chemicals/Admixture Systems, Cleveland; CP staff

Through a microsphere-based agent manufactured at the batch plant, BASF Admixture Systems is positioning producers and their customers to overcome void size and distribution variability long associated with air-entrained concrete mixes, while improving slabs and structures’ freeze-thaw durability.

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