John Harris has joined the Besser Co. Technical Service team, bringing 25 years of hands-on block and brick production experience plus plant management skills. Based in Phoenix, he will be on the front line working to bring the latest technology and new equipment to manufactured-concrete producers.

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Ortiz Engineered Products arms Insteel for rebar substitution

Sources: CP staff; Insteel Industries Inc., Mount Airy, N.C.

Insteel Wire Products Co. has acquired certain assets of Hazelton, Pa.-based Ortiz Engineered Products, Inc. (OEP), whose value engineering methods validate bar mats or welded wire as alternatives to conventional rebar. Such substitution can significantly reduce project cost and timeline in many concrete conditions, contends Insteel, which fabricates welded wire reinforcement at facilities in Arizona, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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