Oldcastle caps 2012 with Hanson plant swap, two deals in ready mixed

Source: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

In a wrap up of July–December 2012 transactions for its Americas businesses, CRH reported a late-year asset exchange between Oldcastle Precast and Hanson Pipe & Precast—boosting the producers’ Oregon and Washington plus Florida market positions, respectively. The precast plant swap capped a six-month period where the Americas operations completed $330 million in acquisitions, including two two-plant ready mixed businesses joining Oldcastle Materials: Massachusetts’ Morse (October) and Tennessee’s Concrete Materials (December).

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IMI approaches 50-plant mark in Kentucky with Transit-Mix Concrete deal

Sources: Irving Materials Inc., Greenfield, Ind.; CP staff

Irving Materials has acquired the ready mixed production assets of Transit-Mix Concrete Co. from Kim and Ann Anger, who had kept the Owensboro, Ky., business under family ownership as it approached its 75th year. Transit-Mix is strategic to an IMI operation in Owensboro— part of the company’s 18-plant, western Kentucky network. A customer guide to plant locations indicates that Transit-Mix brings IMI to 49 concrete sites in Kentucky, from northeast-central markets to the Mississippi River.

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TEC Products patents extrusion process for thin concrete brick inlays, veneer

Sources: CP staff; TEC Products, Hartland, Wis.

A line of thin concrete brick suited to precast panels and tilt-up walls debuted at The Precast Show and Icon Expo, January 11–13 in Indianapolis. The clay product alternative is based on an extrusion method for vacuum-packed concrete mixes TEC Products has developed over the past decade, and brought to commercialization at a production line near Milwaukee.

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Kimble Mixer prepares for bridge formula model launch at World of Concrete

Source: Kimble Mixer Co., New Philadelphia, Ohio

Equipped with a CAN bus-based electrical system, the K2200C model joins Kimble’s bridge formula mixer line, with deliveries beginning in April. As demonstrated in automobiles, mobile cranes and earthmoving equipment for years, the CAN bus reduces wiring connections, eliminates harness splices and delivers improved reliability, product engineers note. Another K2200C feature, the Kimble CANLINK electrical system, supports options that include self diagnostics, rear vision camera, drum counters, drum speed, data logging, and many safety features for the driver.

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