Occupying the site of a hotel that hosted guests from Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan to John F. Kennedy and U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Wilshire Grand Center is rising on sound footing thanks to a Guinness Book of World Records-grade concrete placement.
Source: Silvi Group Companies, Fairless Hills, Pa.
Eyeing integration with its Riverside cement, Sahara sand and Gibraltar crushed stone businesses in New Jersey, Silvi Group has closed Phillips Concrete Companies asset transactions netting an East Newark masonry supply yard and Union Township block plant; Franklin Township and Hillsborough ready mixed operations; plus, fleet and plant equipment.
Sources: Headwaters Inc., South Jordan, Utah; CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.; CP staff
Catalina Pacific Concrete delivered 2,120 loads of ready mixed over a 19-hour window, February 15-16, to the Wilshire Grand site in downtown Los Angeles. Executed without a single injury, the operation marked what project officials note is a new volume threshold, 21,200 yd., for a continuous foundation pour.
Sources: Delaware Valley Concrete, Hatboro, Pa.; McNeilus Cos., Dodge Center, Minn.; CP staff
Concrete contractors in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware will begin receiving ready mixed orders in front discharge trucks operating at unusually low noise levels and with no hint of diesel combustion, thanks to adoption of compressed natural gas (CNG) power in the fleets of Delaware Valley Concrete (DVC) and Silvi Group.
Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.
According to data included in the recently released NRMCA Industry Data Survey of producer members, ready mixed producers have been hit hard by the recession and slow economic recovery.