NPCA, PCI clarify product certification requirements

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

The National Precast Concrete Association and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have issued a joint document to alleviate confusion in the marketplace regarding certification programs for precast and prestressed concrete products. Posted here, the document allows specifiers to easily determine whether products require NPCA or PCI certification, or if either is allowable. The clarification ensures the accurate specification of certification programs, and that all appropriately certified plants can bid on a project.

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Gate Precast regroups under two divisions, four vice presidents

Sources: Gate Precast Co., Jacksonville, Fla.; CP staff

To improve efficiencies and collaboration across its Southeast and South Central precast/prestressed concrete operations, Gate Precast has consolidated four business units under a Northern Division, spanning Winchester, Ky., Oxford, N.C. and Ashland City, Tenn., plants; and, Southern Division, encompassing Monroeville, Ala., Kissimmee, Fla., and Hillsboro, Texas, plants. 

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Second Los Angeles investor takes controlling stake in Fabcon

Sources: Solace Capital Partners, Los Angeles; CP staff

Solace Capital Partners has purchased a majority interest in Fabcon Holding Corp. from fellow Los Angeles investor Platinum Equity, which acquired the Minnesota-based precast/prestressed concrete wall panel producer in 2016 and maintains a minority stake. 

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Metromont to consolidate Carolinas precast/prestressed operations

Sources: Metromont Corp., Greenville, S.C.; CP staff

Metromont will cap a nearly $9 million investment in architectural and structural product capacity with the transfer of fabrication from a Charlotte, N.C., plant to expanded Greenville County, S.C., operations. “While we’ve seen much success with our Charlotte plant over the years, we feel that consolidating our North and South Carolina operations will allow us to improve our production efficiency and quality control and ultimately, better serve our customers,” says Metromont Carolinas Vice President & General Manager Chuck Gantt.

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NPCA Benchmarking Report pegs 2016 industry shipment gains at $900M

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

The NPCA 2017 Precast Industry Benchmarking Report charts a 5 percent growth rate for producers last year, as shipments in the United States and Canada climbed to an estimated $18.2 billion from $17.3 billion in 2015. The 129-page document reflects 2016 precast, precast/prestressed and concrete pipe production data from 63 companies operating 168 plants.

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PCI releases first Sustainable Precast Concrete Plant Program report

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

Backed by PCI, the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and National Precast Concrete Association, the North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program (NAPCSPP) has yielded its first full-year energy, materials and transportation data benchmarks. PCI’s 2015 Sustainable Plant Program Performance Report presents results in carbon dioxide equivalent (global warming potential), total primary energy and water consumption categories based on data from 34 structural and architectural precast/prestressed producers.

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RCC proves ‘A-OK’ for Rebuilding Rural Roads

<table width="300" border="0" align="right" cellpadding="5"> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>RCC is placed in Fayetteville Shale Play Area to accommodate heavy truck traffic resulting from the natural gas extraction boom. Different thicknesses and sub-bases were specified for comparison along the two-mile demonstration.

By Tom Kuennen

Roller-compacted concrete (RCC), followed by diamond grinding to smooth the surface, is the smart choice for rebuilding rural roads damaged by energy development truck traffic in Arkansas, according to new research presented at the 93rd annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board earlier this year in Washington, D.C.

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Elematic extrusion technology: Automation, speed, concrete optimization

Gauges enable the E9 to distribute concrete mixes according to the finished hollow core slabs’ target engineering properties, meaning fewer overbuilt floor components and lower dead loads.

Chief among innovations at this year’s World of Concrete in Las Vegas and The Precast Show in Houston was a new generation of extruding equipment that represents a significant step forward for prestressed hollow-core slab flooring production.

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Lafarge, Lehigh and Vulcan sales teams lead adoption of new enterprise mobile apps

Catavolt, Lafarge, Lehigh and Vulcan sales teams lead adoption of new enterprise mobile apps

Sources: Catavolt Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.; CP staff

After initial deployments with four major integrated producers and a top precast/prestressed operator, Catavolt has unveiled technology supporting rapid, low-cost development of custom apps providing geographic market intelligence and perspective, plus customer relationship management program-grade data.

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