Extract & act: Identify and realize opportunities for improvement

by Craig Yeack

Ready-mix concrete production is not for the fainthearted. We are at the crossroads of design, engineering, material suppliers, traffic, weather, equipment failures and a host of other hard-to-control realities. Frankly it’s amazing we manage as well as we do. But it’s always possible to get better. 

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How to Improve Business? Fix Time First

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Concrete Supply Co. uses mobile technology to streamline operations, enhance customer interaction and strengthen its bottom line

By Victoria K. Sicaras

Delivering a perishable product to jobsites whose schedules can change with the weather, among other things, involves challenges that are often beyond a concrete producer’s control. As a result, the effort to meet performance goals is a continuous balancing act. It requires the flexibility to handle a multitude of curveballs including unforeseen jobsite conditions, customer behavior and equipment issues.

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Resource Management Associates, a longtime environmental permitting, regulatory compliance and plant design consultant to ready mixed and manufactured-concrete producers, has opened a satellite office for clients throughout the Southeast: 127 Church Street, Suite 230, Marietta, GA 30060. RMA’s New Jersey headquarters mailing address has changed from Forked River to P.O. Box 188 Toms River, NJ 08754; 888-RMA-0230.

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Lehigh Hanson, haulers test aggregate fleet efficiency in app pilot

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Lehigh Hanson Inc. and trucking partners at central California, Phoenix and Seattle aggregate operations are testing the potential for improved fleet utilization, plus aggregate delivery booking and scheduling metrics, through a cloud-based platform from Trelar Logistics Inc., Austin, Texas. A vocational vehicle marketplace, Trelar connects dump truck owners, sand & gravel and stone producers, plus contractors via an application programmed to increase order and routing transparency; reduce delays; and, provide tracking, real-time data and automated payments.

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A-Lok, Seaman parlay corrosion resistance technology for precast

Sources: A-Lok Products, Inc., Tullytown, Pa.; Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio; CP staff

Seaman Corp. has entered a strategic alliance that will see its XR Quikliner membrane distributed through A-Lok Products, a key player in underground precast connectors, gaskets and accessories. A prefabricated PVC alloy with polypropylene fiber backing, the Quikliner is based on XR-5 technology, which has been deployed for 40-plus years in geomembrane conditions subject to harsh environments. 

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The National Precast Concrete Association is promoting the inaugural Precast Days as an event where producer members can provide engineers, specifiers, students, professors, and the community at large with a personal, up-close look at their operations. NPCA has set up a portal, www.precast.org/precastdays, through which members can choose a plant tour date during the last two weeks of October. The NPCA Board has approved funding to provide national marketing support for the event, including an extensive campaign in business-to-business publications, along with promotion in social media channels.

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D. Michael Wilson, president and chief executive officer of specialty chemicals and high performance carbon materials specialist Ingevity Corp., has been elected to the Vulcan Materials Co. board, and will serve on the Audit and Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs Committees.

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