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NRMCA calls for entries in Training, Quality Awards

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

NRMCA is accepting through August 1 entries from producer member companies demonstrating the most innovative training initiatives of 2010–2011. The Innovation in Training Award winner will be recognized at NRMCA’s 2011 ConcreteWorks on September 26 in San Diego. Furthermore, the winning producer’s program will be featured in a best-practices article in NRMCA’s quarterly magazine, Concrete InFocus. Middle Tennessee State University’s Concrete Institute Management faculty will serve as judges.

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Arizona’s Drake Cement consummates Peruvian parent's U.S. entry

Sources: Drake Cement, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Cementos Lima, S.A., Peru; CP staff

By Don Marsh

Officials of the Southwest’s newest integrated player have scheduled a June 17 grand opening for a $300 million, 600,000-plus tons/year capacity cement plant in northern Arizona. More than 10 years in the making, Drake Cement is located in Yavapai County, near the historic rail town of Paulden and 35 miles north of Prescott.

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Hancock Concrete acquires Hanson Pipe’s S. Dakota plant

Source: Hancock Concrete Products, LLC, Hancock, Minn.; CP staff

A Sioux Falls, S.D., plant has netted Hancock Concrete an eighth site and allowed Hanson Pipe & Precast to exit a market isolated from the core of its two main regions. With a strong local economy, the Sioux Falls area provides an attractive business setting for Hancock Concrete, notes company president Rob Schmigdall, adding, “This purchase aligns well with our growth strategy and long range vision … and will also help us restore some production capacity lost after a fire at our Lake View, Iowa plant.”

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Rolling stock at center of Lafarge Health & Safety Month

Source: Lafarge North America, Reston, Va.

 “Transportation and mobile equipment safety” is the theme of Lafarge NA’s 2011 Health & Safety Month, with events across concrete, aggregate and cement businesses focused on vehicular safety. Throughout June, Lafarge Group plants around the world will acknowledge their health and safety achievements and build program awareness through demonstrations, access to on-site health and wellness professionals, and community events that promote health and safety beyond the workplace.

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Duratek offers Oldcastle Precast national wall product platform

Sources: Oldcastle Precast Inc., Atlanta; CP staff

By Don Marsh

Oldcastle Precast is the main suitor in an eight-month bankruptcy proceeding for Duratek Precast Technologies, with headquarters office and wall panel production operation in Brooksville and Bartow, Fla. Acquired for an undisclosed sum, the select Duratek assets add a business specializing in the design, production, and installation of site and DOT walls, sound barriers, hurricane hangars, safe harbor marinas, and building systems for residential, commercial and industrial markets.

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