Quarry deals deepen Pioneer’s natural-hardscape deposits

Source: Pioneer Landscape Centers, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Pioneer Landscape has added one Colorado and three Arizona quarries, affording increased production capabilities and ushering in new stone grades to support a range of customers in the concrete, asphalt and road base markets. The sites bring the company’s portfolio to 20 quarries and production facilities, plus 35 retail distribution locations.

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Bullish hardscape product growth forecast bears on solid ground

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Sources: Freedonia Group, Cleveland; CP staff

In a new report, market researcher Freedonia Group projects hardscape unit demand increasing 5.4 percent annually through 2023, driven especially by consumer interest in higher value offerings like concrete plank pavers that resemble wood, along with permeable interlocking concrete, natural stone or porcelain pavers.

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Paver sales growth stays course toward pre-recession watermark

Sources: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.; CP staff

Segmental concrete pavement product sales in the United States and Canada increased for a seventh consecutive year, hitting an estimated 750 million square feet, or 2.5 percent higher than 2016, according to the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute 2018 Industry Sales Profile. 

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System Pavers adds humanoid robot to hardscape project sales team

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Sources: System Pavers, Santa Ana, Calif.; SoftBank Robotics America Inc., San Francisco; CP staff

One of southern California’s leading hardscape design and installation contractors is deploying Pepper, a 4-ft. humanoid robot programmed to answer homeowner questions about outdoor living and project possibilities, at its San Diego County Fair (June 1-July 4) and Orange County Fair (July 13-August 12) booths. 

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NCMA Foundation opens building, hardscape unit design competition

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

The NCMA Education and Research Foundation’s 2018 Unit Design Competition exposes students in college or university design and construction programs to concrete masonry and hardscape products. Individual school teams begin in local competitions, proposing an innovative design for a concrete masonry or hardscape unit that can be produced on current equipment. First place teams from the local rounds qualify for the national competition, the top three teams from which will be invited to present their unit design at the NCMA Midyear Meeting, July 31-August 3 in Chicago. Additional information on the competition and entry submissions can be obtained here.

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NCMA set for ICON Expo 2018: Machiney & Equipment Show

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

NCMA is finalizing the agenda for the International Concrete Exposition: Machinery & Equipment Show, whose inaugural staging is set for February 9-10 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. True to the ICON Expo 2018 theme, the small-scale exhibit component built into event’s schedule since 2015 will be replaced by a larger trade show, complete with plant components and machinery—and 16 hours of booth time between Friday and Saturday. ICON Expo 2018 will be held in conjunction with NCMA Annual Convention, February 6-8, and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s Annual Meeting, February 11-14.

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New investors take hold at Midwest masonry mainstay Oberfields

Sources: Graycliff Partners LP, New York; CP staff

Graycliff Partners, an independent investment firm focusing on middle market private equity transactions, has provided subordinated debt and equity financing to Delaware, Ohio-based Oberfields, a key regional player in concrete masonry and hardscape products, including standard gray and architectural block, segmental retaining walls, pavers, and precast products, plus related accessories. The investment supports the recapitalization of the company, led by President and CEO Bruce Loris, and buyout of another principal, Anderson Group LLC.

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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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