Best Block 8 x 32 CMU weighs on the Construction Robotics MULE

Sources: Quikrete Cos. and Best Block, Atlanta; Construction Robotics, Victor, NY; CP staff Masonry Madness at World of Concrete 2021 offered a prime venue to show the speed and productivity of building with Best Block 32-in. Large Format Masonry (LFM) and the Construction Robotics Material Unit Lift Enhancer, best known as the MULE. A two-day equipment demonstration was set up…

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Batch plant equipment exhibitors top World of Concrete loyalists

Sources: Informa Markets, Irving, Texas; CP staff Although subdued compared to its normal January volume of booths, exhibit space and attendees, World of Concrete concluded three upbeat days at the Las Vegas Convention Center—likely the North American construction industry’s largest 2021 gathering, as well as a strong affirmation of interest in live, business-to-business functions.

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General contractor reinvents dry mix preparation with mechanical verve

Sources: Steele House Industries, Novato, Calif.; CP staff Continuing a show tradition where tradesmen spawn the best new mousetraps for batching, mixing, placing or finishing concrete, northern California general contractor Stephen Steele arrived at World of Concrete 2021 with a mechanical marvel bound to challenge conventional methods for preparing packaged concrete, mortar or grout. 

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Precast tunnel rings connect to LV Convention Center visitors

Sources: The Boring Co., Los Angeles; Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; CP staff Precast concrete tunnel segments’ engineering simplicity and efficacy are on full display between the two sweeping entrances to the new Las Vegas Convention Center West Hall, dedicated June 8 concurrent with the World of Concrete 2021 opening. A full scale, 12-ft. inside diameter tunnel segment model…

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Renewed Davis-Bacon support permeates White House, Capitol Hill

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor, Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust, Washington, D.C.; CP staff A White House Spring 2021 regulatory update, coupled with a U.S. Senate vote on a Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) Act amendment, illustrate administrative and legislative branch underpinnings for one of the most contentious statutes affecting construction: the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (Davis-Bacon…

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4K video rewrites site delivery tracking from crane, aerial perches

Sources: Quartz Systems, San Francisco; CP staff Construction technology services provider Quartz demonstrated the quality control and productivity gauging potential of its new Concrete Deck Analysis program at World of Concrete 2021. The integrated hardware and software platform uses ultra-high resolution 4K video streams, machine learning, plus a web and mobile app to enable project principals to track and understand…

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National Ready-Mix fills mixer-geared, high clearance CNG fuel tank

Sources: Momentum Fuel Technologies, Roanoke, Texas; CP staff Momentum Fuel Technologies’ small diameter, side-mounted compressed natural gas tank, available in 32 or 55 diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) models, debuted earlier this month at the Las Vegas Convention Center on a Peterbilt 367-mounted Con-Tech Mfg. BridgeKing mixer. The truck is bound for the Los Angeles fleet of National Ready Mixed Concrete…

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MANUFACTURERS – June 2021

Consistent with an executive transition plan outlined last year, Besser Co. has appointed Ryan Suszek successor to Chief Executive Officer Kevin Curtis, who retires after 43 years with the concrete products machinery and plant equipment mainstay. Suszek was named president in 2019 following a 14-year tour of duty leading to the vice president of Pipe and Precast post, and becomes…

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Geneva Pipe lays groundwork for Perfect Pipe, Lined Manhole technology

Utah-based Geneva Pipe and Precast has begun producing and distributing reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) and precast manhole systems finished with a corrosion resistant lining new to North America. Perfect Pipe and Perfect Lined Manhole have the potential to revolutionize municipal wastewater management, the producer notes, as they offer 100-plus years’ service life in most sanitary sewer environments.  Perfect Pipe RCP…

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