Shumaker Industries reloads automated truck wash station

One of past decade’s best examples of equipment uptake among North American ready mixed concrete producers is also a textbook case of user experience-driven continuous improvement.  Shumaker Industries piloted and initially deployed its Load and Go automated mixer truck wash station over a 2007-2012 window. Operators saw the 12- x 15-ft. aluminum frame device—outfitted with hoses and wands feeding nozzles…

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Cemco leverages Cardinal Scale load cell, indicator technology

Cemco Inc. has built a presence in North America and overseas concrete markets through 46 years of mobile batch plant engineering and fabrication, augmented by precision weighing components yielding mix accuracy and quality. Underscoring the manufacturer’s capabilities are equipment deliveries to customers approved for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Aviation Administration and Nuclear Regulatory Commission projects, as well as…

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Marcotte Systems weighs the future of centralized batching

As information technology and batch plant improvements continue to usher concrete producers to new efficiency thresholds, control panel and dispatch software provider Marcotte Systems challenges the industry to imagine a ready mixed operation in which robust, high-performance programs enable each workpiece to direct itself through the appropriate production stations. Further, a concrete plant that instructs various autonomous materials handling carriers…

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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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BMH Systems arrives in Astec portfolio, alongside Con-E-Co, Rexcon

Source: Astec Industries, Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Astec Industries has acquired Montreal-based BMH Systems, Inc., a concrete plant equipment manufacturer best known for the RollMaster reversing mixer drum. BMH product integration, Astec officials note, provides a comprehensive concrete plant offering in North America, enhances engineering expertise, creates cost synergy opportunities, and delivers a strong platform for Canadian market development.

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Con-E-Co joins Rexcon under Astec umbrella

Sources: Astec Industries Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn.; CP staff

Astec Industries has closed on Blair, Neb.-based Concrete Equipment Co., adding the mainstay batch plant manufacturer to an Infrastructure Solutions group portfolio that includes peer operator Rexcon LLC. The business was acquired from Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp., where Con-E-Co had served since 2005 as a plant equipment companion to namesake and McNeilus front and rear discharge mixer truck offerings.

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Liebherr engineers invite small orders with self-service batch plant

Sources: Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH, Germany; CP staff

Virginia-based Liebherr USA’s parent company plans a global launch this summer of an automated batch plant tailored to small professional or do-it-yourself project customers. With output at about 35 yd./hour, the model will be equipped for adjustable height discharge of .20- to 2.5-yd. loads in small trailers or larger vehicles, including conventional mixer trucks. 

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Texas attorney spins novel challenge to batch plant expansion

Sources: Office of Harris County (Texas) Attorney Vince Ryan, Houston; CP staff

A recently filed lawsuit to block placement of a second batch plant at the Concrete Pros Ready Mix Inc. site in southeast Houston has Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan testing for the first time the applicability of a Texas public nuisance law—often used to shut down illegal game rooms, massage parlors, smoke shops, and motels that permit prostitution—to construction materials production. 

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Smith-Midland completes Carolina satellite expansion

Sources: Smith-Midland Corp., Midland, Va.; CP staff

Smith-Carolina timed a November 1 open house for its new $3 million operation in Reidsville, N.C., with National Precast Concrete Association-sponsored Precast Days activities across North America. The event spotlighted a 15,000 -sq.-ft. plant enclosure located on a 46-acre plot geared to future expansion. 

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