Rexcon Reloads

In a bold expression of confidence in future business prospects and commitment to a safe and comfortable work environment, RexCon LLC has relocated its

Don Marsh

In a bold expression of confidence in future business prospects and commitment to a safe and comfortable work environment, RexCon LLC has relocated its headquarters and production from a land-locked Milwaukee site to an all-concrete operation on a southeastern Wisconsin greenfield.

Set on 30 acres in Burlington, RexCon’s new home is anchored by an enclosure of 12- _ 45-ft. insulated precast wall panels, yielding a 43-ft. working height for twin 75- _ 600-ft. bays, topped by 12-ft. double tee roof members. Adjacent to the production space is a 40,000-sq.-ft., single-level wing of offices, training areas and an assembly shop for RC3 plant controls packages. Like the main production area, it is enclosed with panels from J.W. Peters, whose nearby Burlington precast/prestressed yard runs a RexBatch 150 dual-lane central mix plant erected in 2002.

Another Wisconsin RexCon customer, Waukesha-based Zignego Co., served as general contractor. It delivered plant and office slab concrete from a LoGo 12 Central Mix batch plant serving an Interstate 94 contract in Caledonia, Wis. Placed at 8-in. thickness, the nearly 100,000 sq. ft. of production floor slab contains Novomesh 950 reinforcing fiber. Super Mix, Inc., which runs RexCon models in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin ready mixed plants, supplied parking lot and truck loading pavement mixes from its Burlington site. Swederski Concrete Construction of Spring Grove, Ill., placed all plant, office and parking slabs.

In addition to having plant customers supply concrete for their project, RexCon officials likewise note how construction services and slab reinforcement were delivered from fellow American Concrete Pavement Association members (Zignego and Propex Concrete Systems). One hundred percent of the work was done by ACPA members ÷ with RexCon plants, says CEO John Jake Jacob. We believe in supporting our customers.

Where the choice of building enclosure and pavement specifications are concerned, RexCon Chief Operating Officer Mike Redmond adds, Weve been in concrete our whole lives. Everything we do in business involves concrete, so we wanted to show our commitment to the industry.

The building, parking and freight areas occupy about 14 acres of the parcel, which is located near Wisconsin S.R. 11, accessing Interstates 94 and 43. The office and plant footprint was oriented to allow two additional bays at the rear of the facility, while maintaining a handful of 100- to 200-year-old oak trees. That green mind-set also factors into the building’s energy-efficient design, underscored by a) the 12-in.-thick, insulated precast wall panels; b) abundant natural lighting provisions in the office areas; and, c) bi-fold aviation doors and upper-level windows that allow the production staff to operate with as little as 8 percent of ceiling fixture capacity during peak daylight periods.