Wells doubles geographic reach, plant footprint with Gate Precast deal

Sources: The Wells Companies Inc., Albany, Minn.; CP staff Wells Companies has significantly strengthened its architectural and structural building precast, prestressed concrete production capabilities, acquiring Jacksonville, Fla.-based Gate Precast. The transaction broadens the suitor’s reach from Midwest and Rocky Mountains markets to those in Mid-Atlantic to Texas coastal and neighboring states. Indeed, Wells grows to more than 20 locations across…

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More Pain in the Office Space Sector

I have written extensively about the one large hole in construction that has put a lid on a certain sector of concrete production, and more and more news continues to cause worry about its future: the office space industry. If there is one legacy from the pandemic that may linger for years to come, it is the Work-From-Home/Hybrid Work/Return-to-Office struggle…

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AICrete migrates QC platform to mobile platform

Sources: AICrete, Richmond, Calif.; CP staff A new app from AICrete, a leading software developer applying artificial intelligence to concrete production, combines the functionality and power of the company’s all-in-one Quality Control platform with mobile technology convenience and flexibility. Available now on the App Store and Google Play, AICreteOS mobile furthers the company’s commitment to making delivery of optimized concrete…

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A Return to Population Growth

One of the key drivers to growth in our economy is sheer population growth, which by its very nature spurs household formations. But so many other corners of our economy benefit from population growth other than just the housing market. These new entrants to our economy have to buy goods and services, put gas in their cars, pursue entertainment options,…

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All Arrows Are Pointing to a Stronger Economy in 2024

There has been a confluence of events and happenings in the past few weeks that, when taken together, portend a much healthier new year in 2024 than anyone could have imagined as recently as just this past fall. First, news about inflation has surprised everyone, as we witnessed a sharp decline in the rate of inflation in just the last…

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Afinitas’ Duncan succeeds County Materials-bound CEO Schmidgall

Afinitas CEO Brad Schmidgall will shift from concrete plant equipment and accessories to ready mixed and manufactured concrete production in January, taking the helm of County Materials Corp. As CEO of the Marathon, Wis.-based producer, he will oversee a portfolio spanning concrete pipe and precast operations that Afinitas has equipped under his tenure.  “Serving as the CEO of Afinitas and…

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Viola Ready Mix dedicates twin lane, 500 m3/hour workhorse

Source: CP staff Viola Ready Mix recently started production of the largest fixed concrete plant in Canada: A twin-lane operation whose two 5-cubic meter twin shaft mixers rapidly charge trucks in two cycles—central mixed or, in pass-through mode, transit mixed. The Markham, Ontario plant rounds out the producer’s Greater Toronto Market coverage, joining existing sites in North York and Brampton…

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AltusGroup: 35 million square feet of precast wall panels in 20 years

Sources: AltusGroup, Bethlehem, Pa.; CP staff Embracing “precast innovation powered by collaboration” has positioned carbon fiber reinforced element licensor AltusGroup and producer members to sustain momentum in developing advanced commercial building enclosure solutions. “In the two decades since our founding, we’ve seen a deepened focus on energy savings, carbon footprint mitigation and on-site labor reductions, all amid an enhanced desire…

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California producers’ carbon volley

Two years of major gestures surrounding greenhouse gas emissions in cement and concrete production or procurement solidify California’s reputation for incubating policy. In October 2021, the California State Senate passed SB 596, charting a regulatory course for Golden State cement producers to attain net-zero carbon operations by 2045. The California Nevada Cement Association concurrently published an SB 596 action plan,…

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Afinitas CEO Schmidgall to lead County Materials; Duncan named successor

Sources: Afinitas, St. Louis; CP staff Afinitas CEO Brad Schmidgall will shift from concrete plant equipment and accessories to ready mixed and manufactured concrete production early next year, taking the helm of County Materials Corp. As CEO of the Marathon, Wis.-based producer, he will oversee a portfolio spanning concrete pipe and precast operations that Afinitas has equipped under his tenure.  …

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