Finfrock reinforces South Florida presence with new $36M plant

Sources: Finfrock, Apopka, Fla.; CP staff Design-build and precast, prestressed specialist Finfrock expects to invest upward of $40 million in production facilities and administrative offices at Glades Gateway Commerce Park in Belle Glade, Fla. An advanced satellite to the producer’s flagship located just north of Orlando, the 140,000-sq.-ft. operation will better serve commercial developers in Palm Beach, Dade and Broward counties as…

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American Block, Dellinger, Eastern, Seminole unite under Evercast umbrella

Sources: Evercast, Princeton, W.V.; CP staff Evercast is the newly branded parent company over American Block Co. Inc. and Eastern Vault of Princeton, W.V.; Dellinger Precast of Denver, N.C.; and, Seminole Precast Manufacturing Inc. of Debary, Fla. Each operation’s business name will be maintained within its own markets, while the Evercast brand helps customers across the enterprise leverage the scale…

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Concrete Technology, WSDOT push the envelope with record 223-ft. girder

Sources: Washington State Department of Transportation; CP staff Washington State DOT and Guy F. Atkinson Construction have mapped a two- to three-week January schedule to place the final precast, prestressed concrete girders for the three-span, southbound Interstate 5 Puyallup River Bridge in Tacoma. To eliminate piers along BNSF and Union Pacific rail lines paralleling the water, engineers enlisted Federal Way,…

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Wells Concrete consolidates Midwest leadership in Spancrete deal

Sources: Wells Concrete, Albany, Minn.; CP staff Wells Concrete, the fifth largest precast, prestressed producer in the U.S., has acquired Waukesha, Wis.-based peer Spancrete. With more than 125 years of combined industry experience, principals note, the partnership aligns two companies dedicated to innovation.

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Washington prestressed plant ranks on Knife River capex commitments

Sources: MDU Resources Group Inc., Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff Under parent MDU Resources’ five-year, $3 billion capital investment plan, Knife River Corp. has budgeted for construction of a Spokane, Wash. prestressed concrete plant and Albany, Ore. employee training center, plus development of the Honey Creek Quarry in Burnet County, Texas.

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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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