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Architectural precast prospects fuel High Concrete’s $8M plant upgrade

High Concrete Group, LLC has begun a major production capacity upgrade at its 148-acre headquarters campus in Denver, Pa. An investment up to $8 million in new equipment, processes and facility construction will completely overhaul operations in a bid to extend the producer’s growing presence and influence in architectural precast concrete, including structural and non-structural wall elements, cladding and panels for commercial and institutional building enclosures.

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High Concrete Group visualizes the impressive metrics behind the flagship plant investment.
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High Companies leaders and community officials kick off the headquarters plant upgrade: (from left) East Cocalico Township Manager Scott Russell; High Industries CEO Jeff Sterner; High Companies CEO Mike Shirk, Maintenance Manager Sean Dixon and Board President Paula Crowley; High Concrete Group Vice President of Operations Phoenix Rann; High Companies Chairman Emeritus S. Dale High; High Concrete President J. Seroky; Board of East Cocalico Township Commissioners Chair Alan Fry; and, Lancaster County Commissioners Chair Josh Parsons.

“High is recognized for world-class leadership in architectural precast,” says High Concrete Group President John (J.) Seroky. “This strategic initiative will bring increased capacity and efficiencies that enable us to serve more customers better. And it signals our commitment to invest in technology that keeps High at the forefront of innovation in the precast market. We are also proud that this initiative will lower our carbon footprint and improve conditions for our co-workers.”

“The technology we are using for batching, mixing and color systems is the best available in the world for architectural precast producers,” observes Plant Maintenance Asset Manager Sean Dixon. Systems feeding new plant mixers will increase the number and variety of aggregates available for architectural mixes, he notes, while new storage areas improve quality and repeatability.

“The architectural community is demanding high-performing building enclosures. Durable, resilient and energy-efficient architectural precast meets this need,” adds Vice President of Sales Bob Pabst.

High Concrete has been long regarded as a leader in structural precast, most notably for parking garages. While the producer will continue to serve structural markets, the capacity shift will see architectural precast fabrication occupy the headquarters’ largest production building, streamlining operations and providing space for future growth. Crews will move double tee and other forms to an enclosure formerly housing architectural precast production, but maintain structural product output at present volume. A new structural production line batch plant and related construction will allow for a future “bullet” delivery system reducing batch-to-form times.

Scheduled for mid-2020 completion, the expansion is projected to create 50 to 70 new jobs, and generate as much as $50 million per year in local revenue when the plant operates at full capacity.