Source: Gate Precast Co., Jacksonville, Fla.
Gate Precast broke ground earlier this month on a new, fully enclosed structural concrete plant near its existing Hillsboro, Texas, architectural precast operations. The company expects the new facility to satisfy growing U.S. demand for prefabricated precast structures.
This will be Gate’s third structural plant, with others in Florida and Alabama. It will primarily produce components for structural garage construction, including double tees, inverted T beams, lite walls, shear walls, columns, stairs and spandrels. Vice President of Operations Todd Petty says the plant, which includes a 45,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility, will occupy about 25 acres of a 50-acre site, with the remaining acreage available for future expansion.
“Our customer base wants more prefabrication offsite, and we will offer an entire structure prefabricated at one of our three precast Texas plants,” says Dean Gwin, president and COO of Gate Construction Materials Group. “We will not only offer architectural precast, long line wall panels and hollow core floor slabs, but also double tees, columns, beams and stadium risers.”
While the company’s Pearland, Texas, facility will satisfy the demand for hollow core products, the Hillsboro facilities will produce architectural and structural precast. Gate plants will also continue to produce edge-to-edge insulated cladding with integrated electrical conduit and boxes and pre-installed glazing.
“We are excited to finally offer the final piece of the puzzle with the addition of our new structural precast plant,” says Gwin.
The new plant will be completed and operational by January 2018.