Sources: Gate Precast Co., Jacksonville, Fla.; CP staff
To improve efficiencies and collaboration across its Southeast and South Central precast/prestressed concrete operations, Gate Precast has consolidated four business units under a Northern Division, spanning Winchester, Ky., Oxford, N.C. and Ashland City, Tenn., plants; and, Southern Division, encompassing Monroeville, Ala., Kissimmee, Fla., and Hillsboro, Texas, plants.
Sources: Mutual Materials, Bellevue, Wash.; CP staff
A key concrete or clay masonry and hardscape products player throughout the Pacific Northwest has scheduled a late-March opening of a new concept design showroom in downtown Portland, Ore.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
A new EPA initiative aims to leverage industry and government expertise to ensure the effective use of the nation’s water resources. “[They] are the lifeblood of our communities, and the federal government has the responsibility to ensure all Americans have access to reliable sources of clean and safe water,” says Assistant Administrator for Water David Ross. “There is innovative work happening across the sector to advance water reuse, and the EPA wants to accelerate that work through coordinated federal leadership.”
Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Ahead of a prospective rulemaking to revise standards nearing their 50-year mark, OSHA is requesting information on the types, age, and usage of powered industrial trucks; vehicle maintenance and retrofitting; how to regulate older powered industrial trucks; types of accidents and injuries associated with operating such machines; plus, costs and benefits of retrofitting the machines with safety features. The agency adopted a powered industrial truck standard, now categorized CFR 1910.178, in 1971 and used an American National Standards Institute document issued two years prior as the basis.
Sources: Oldcastle Infrastructure, Atlanta; CP staff
Oldcastle Infrastructure has grown a market footprint established through one of its inaugural businesses, Utility Vault, by acquiring Quality Concrete Products of Mukilteo, Wash. The producer serves the greater Seattle market with manhole, catch basin and companion drainage structure offerings. They complement output from Oldcastle Infrastructure plants in Auburn and Spokane, Wash., and expand a customer base in the Puget Sound region, a key growth area.