CalStar begins production at two-line, Mississippi masonry plant

Sources: CalStar Products, Caledonia, Wis.; CP staff

CalStar Products has begun delivering building and landscape units from a 100,000-sq.-ft., Columbus, Miss., operation—an ambitious satellite to a Racine, Wis., flagship plant opened in 2010. With dry- and wet-cast lines for brick, trim and paver products using proprietary binders and high fly ash content, the facility sits on 23 acres in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park.

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Canada’s second largest clay unit operator,Brampton Brick, anticipates an early-2014closing on the assets of concrete building andhardscape producer, Atlas Block, includinga Hillsdale, Ontario, flagship plant. The $12million–$14 million transaction is throughcourt-appointed receiver KPMG Inc., and allowsthe suitor to add concrete masonry capacity andtake advantage of cost-saving synergies by consolidatingproduction of similar items.

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