NPCA extends product-specific certification to water, wastewater tanks

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The National Precast Concrete Association takes quality control and validation to the next level with a new product-focused certification for water and wastewater tanks. While its Plant Certification program has traditionally centered on precast concrete production processes candidate operations must abide, the just-launched Optional Product Listing for Water and Wastewater Tanks Program describes specific product models, plus design and performance criteria to obtain certification. Like other association programs, the new offering enlists independent third-party engineering firms accredited to ISO/IEC 17020:2012 for Plant Inspection.

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Water, wastewater system report tracks private operator emergence

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In the wake of tightening municipal budgets, environmental violations, and aging infrastructure, private players are poised to capitalize on struggling water and wastewater utilities. A new Bluefield Research report, U.S. Municipal Water & Wastewater: Defining the Addressable Market for Private Investment, estimates the total market value of 78,000-plus community water and wastewater systems across the U.S. to exceed $700 billion.

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NPCA projects 6 percent growth in 2014 precast shipments

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

Based on data from its recently released Precast Industry Benchmarking Report and leading forecasters, NPCA projects U.S. producers’ shipments increasing this year to $16.8 billion from $15.9 billion in 2013, the 6 percent gain modest against higher overall construction growth in 2014.

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Oldcastle Precast broadens stormwater product collection in KriStar deal

Sources: Oldcastle Precast Inc., Atlanta; CP staff

Oldcastle Precast has closed on the assets of Santa Rosa, Calif.-based KriStar Enterprises Inc., including three California plants, plus intellectual property spanning specialized concrete stormwater management and water pollution control structures or devices.

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Slab cure & seal

Silencure SRT provides a cuing compound and penetrating siloxane sealer in a single product that can be applied on broom finished, precast, hand or machine troweled surfaces. It works on newly placed concrete and can also be used on older unsealed concrete. Because it can be aplied to fresh concrete, it liminates the need for water or resin curing, stripping and the traditional 30-day waiting period before a silane or siloxane treatment, reducing labor as well as visits to the jobsite.

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