Jensen Precast expands electric utility offerings with ProGlass deal

Nevada-based Jensen Precast has expanded its suite of products engineered specifically for the electric utility market, acquiring Shelton, Wash. fiberglass products manufacturer ProGlass Inc. A supplier to electric utility customers since the 1970s, Jensen Precast offers concrete vaults, polymer concrete handholes, and metal access hatches. Joining them are ProGlass utility vault covers; transformer, box or switchgear box pads; ground sleeves;…

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Legacy engineering tests PCA campus demolition contractor

The former Portland Cement Association and CTLGroup campus along Old Orchard Road in Skokie, Ill. is giving way to a residential and commercial development befitting valuable acreage just north of Chicago and in close proximity to Interstate 94. Demolition commenced in late 2023 on four buildings that for decades supported one of the world’s principal cement and concrete knowledge centers.…

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Alcrete enters Florida market through American Concrete Industries

Alcrete LLC, a drainage structures operator with an Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. headquarters and plants in Alabama and North Carolina, has acquired American Concrete Industries Inc. of Fort Pierce, Fla. The deal affords Alcrete an NPCA Certified Plant, a skilled workforce and a 10-acre production site, along with a significantly larger Southeast region footprint. “We are pleased to welcome the employees…

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TCC Group closes Versa-Lok, Willow Creek Concrete deal 

Sources: TCC Group Companies, Mendota Heights, Minn.; CP staff TCC Group has added intellectual property and concrete hardscape unit capacity in a deal for the Versa-Lok family of companies, based in Oakdale, Minn. TCC Materials will become Versa-Lok Retaining Wall Systems licensor, manage the national licensee group, and provide geogrid, pins, fabrics, accessories, mold parts and marketing support. The TCC…

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AmeriTex strengthens drainage market stake with $155M credit facility

Sources: AmeriTex Holdings LLC, Seguin, Texas; CP staff The Lone Star State’s top concrete pipe, box culvert and precast concrete drainage structures producer recently closed a $155 million credit facility with Bank of America to combine with  $530 million in senior notes raised with BofA Securites in October 2023. The financing leeway positions AmeriTex to grow capacity and product offerings for…

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Outdoor Living Supply adds four Rock Place Tennessee sites

Minnesota-based Outdoor Living Supply has acquired The Rock Place, a full-service distributor of hardscape, natural and manufactured stone, porcelain and landscape products with home office in Smyrna, Tenn. The transaction with Rock Place founders Lee and William Marbet expands OLS’ footprint in the Volunteer State, adding four strategic locations in the greater Nashville market. Lee Marbet will continue in an…

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UL Verified Healthy Building Program raises indoor environmental quality

UL Solutions’ new Verified Healthy Building Mark for New Construction empowers industry professionals and their clients to differentiate new construction projects and support the health and wellness of future occupants. The verification service is available for various new construction, redevelopment or tenant improvement projects, including commercial, industrial and multi-family residential buildings. “People are becoming more aware of how indoor air,…

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Aercon, Litecrete form autoclaved aerated concrete joint venture

A new joint venture between Aercon LLC, Haines City, Fla. autoclaved aerated concrete producer, and Litecrete S.A. de C.V., Mexico-based parent of Miami steel fabricator and erector Litecrete Inc., plans to build a 120,000-sq.-ft. Kerrville, Texas plant dedicated to thin, reinforced AAC panels for buildings of wood or light gauge metal construction. Scheduled for 2025 start up, the $40 million…

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Solid World of Concrete figures confirm construction market confidence

World of Concrete management Informa Markets reports registration near 60,000 for this year’s Las Vegas Convention Center gathering, a 23 percent increase over 2023 participation. Geared to concrete or masonry producers and practitioners, the late-January event saw 1,400 manufacturers, suppliers and service providers occupy 700,000-plus square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including 325 first-time exhibitors. Management also cites a…

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Forta completes leadership transition, closes on Helix Steel

Grove City, Pa.-based Forta Corp., a long-time player in synthetic reinforcing fiber, has named Peter Ferris as chief executive officer, succeeding John Lindh, who becomes chairman of the board. Ferris arrives from Dur-A-Flex Inc., where he served as president and chief operating officer and helped build the East Hartford, Conn. business into a resinous flooring leader. In 2022, he led…

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