ConExpo-Con/Agg positioned as decade’s best capital investment barometer

Sources: CP staff; Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee

After a second consecutive year where concrete, cement and aggregate interests saw modest shipment gains–while overall construction industry increases in 2013 reached the 7-8 percent range–producers are positioned to act on plant and fleet equipment investment carrying them through the growth phase projected for the remainder the decade.

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Twin Steers to Twin Shafts

Photo Courtesy of: Liebherr Concrete Technology

Fleet management is one of the competencies positioning Raleigh, N.C., ready mixed, aggregate and asphalt producer Sunrock Group among the Carolinas’ stronger independent operators. A 2001 change to Allison 4600s in its rear discharge mixer truck specs made the group’s concrete brand, Carolina Sunrock, an early adopter of fleetwide automatic transmissions.

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MMC deploys TruStar infrastructure for inaugural CNG-powered mixers

Sources: TruStar Energy LLC, Tampa, Fla.; CP staff

Madison, Miss.-based MMC Materials Inc. has rolled out the Southeast’s first compressed natural gas-powered concrete mixer fleet, ramping up for delivery of 12 McNeilus Ngen (Next Generation Initiatives) models with the installation of a TruStar Energy Portable Fuel Station (PFS).

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Ozinga Brothers charts future of CNG fleet power; dedicates commercial fueling station

Sources: Ozinga Brothers Inc., Mokena, Ill.; CP staff

One of the top independent ready mixed concrete operators has leaped to the forefront of a revolution in heavy duty truck and fuel specs, announcing a projected eight-year migration from diesel to compressed natural gas power in its 500 mixer and support vehicle fleet, plus an extension of its CNG supply infrastructure to a commercial fueling station.

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