Automation Systems fine tunes JEL plant control packages

Batch plant dealer Fesco Direct coordinates with equipment manufacturers across the country to tailor fixed or portable packages for ready mixed or manufactured concrete producers and contractors. Representing Milwaukee neighbor, JEL Concrete Plants, Fesco Direct recognizes how each project requires custom systems to meet producer or contractor targets for concrete grade, flow characteristics and general properties.  The JEL engineer and…

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Western Star rounds out X Series with short cab model

Western Star has started production of the 47X, a companion to the larger 49X model introduced in fall 2020—both evolving from the established 4700 and 4900 workhorses. The 47X is about 200 lbs. lighter than the 49X in like-for-like specs and available in 111.6-in. or 110.8-in. bumper-to-back-of-cab configurations, the latter best suited to mixer and dump trucks bound by federal…

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Tackling High-rise Concrete Construction Challenges

As architects design new high-rise buildings taller and with more complexity, producers are challenged to deliver ready-mix concrete that can be pumped, placed, and finished effectively for these structures.  High-rise buildings (defined as those that are 75 feet or higher from the lowest level of fire department vehicle access to the floor of highest occupiable space) typically require higher strength…

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MANUFACTURERS – January 2022

Afinitas has named Kirk Schall as Concrete Accessories Division president, succeeding Aaron Schmidgall, who will remain in a strategic advisory role. Prior to Afinitas, Schall held a wide range of roles at DuPont including operations, strategy, sales, and business leadership. Most recently he led MECS Inc., the global leader in sulfuric acid technology and a wholly-owned DuPont Clean Technologies subsidiary.…

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Organizations – January 2022

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute has announced new show management for Hardscape North America 2022. Yoffe Exposition Services will work with the ICPI team to produce the annual tradeshow, which is set for October 19-21 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, and co-located with GIE+EXPO.  According to ICPI Executive Director Charles McGrath, Yoffe Expo is a natural fit for…

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CarbonBuilt, Master Builders team to advance low carbon mixes, products

Sources: CarbonBuilt, Los Angeles; Master Builders Solutions, Cleveland; CP staff A CarbonBuilt and Master Builders Solutions collaboration will focus on formulating admixtures augmenting the former company’s low carbon concrete technology platform. CarbonBuilt’s Reversa process uses carbon dioxide to optimize portland cement contents in mix designs and raise finished concrete performance.  New admixtures developed with Master Builders Solutions could position CarbonBuilt…

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Outdoor Living Supply closes Bulks, Edgefield and Parker deals

Sources: Outdoor Living Supply, Rochester, Minn.; CP staff Outdoor Living Supply, a recently chartered hardscapes distribution platform, has acquired Bulks Landscape Supply of Marietta, Ga.; Edgefield Plant & Stone Center of Greensboro, N.C.; and, Parker Hardscapes of Reno, Nev. The businesses extend OLS’ reach into existing and new key growth markets. They will continue to operate as independent distributors of…

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Concrete-AI draws investors, recruits Master Builders veteran

Sources: Concrete-AI, Los Angeles; CP staff Mix design software developer Concrete-AI has raised $2 million in a seed financing round with participation by the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, a prominent family office, and other marquee investors. The investment will accelerate rollout of the firm’s pioneering data science platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning…

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Top LafargeHolcim mills sustain portland limestone cement momentum

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; CP staff The Holcim (US) Ste. Genevieve plant in Missouri and Lafarge Alpena plant in Michigan have transitioned to production of OneCem portland limestone cement (PLC), lowering by 10 percent the carbon intensity of their ordinary Type I/II powder. A high-performance blended cement milled from conventional clinker and up to 10 percent finely ground, premium limestone, OneCem…

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State DOT officials, allies charter FRP Institute for Civil Infrastructure

Sources: Regulatory Resources LLC, Westfield, Ind.; CP staff A new research and certification group will promote the advancement of composite reinforcement for heavy/civil concrete in North America and beyond. The FRP Institute for Civil Infrastructure, incorporated in January 2022, will serve as the focal point for research, testing, material certification and education surrounding fiber reinforced polymers, according to President and…

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