Bristol Precast strengthens Fabcon along West Virginia to Missouri axis

Sources: Fabcon LLC, Minneapolis; CP staff Fabcon, a top player in architectural precast concrete wall products east of the Rockies, has acquired Bristol Precast, a division of Lexington, Ky. design-build specialist Bristol Group Inc. The transaction includes a Lexington office and advanced Charlestown, Ind. production facility. Bristol Precast’s order log has included architectural and structural precast packages for industrial, multi-family,…

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Build America, Buy America fine print contrasts cast-in-place, precast concrete

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has formally delineated Build America, Buy America (BABA) requirements as they relate to concrete materials for Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)-funded building or nonbuilding construction projects. Final BABA sourcing requirement guidance issued last month indicates procurement interpretations relating to cast-in-place and precast concrete. It puts to rest questions surrounding IIJA…

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Knife River Prestress assists PCI Big Beam top gun Oregon State

Source: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff A three-member Oregon State University team took the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute 2023 Engineering Design Competition. Also known as Big Beam, it challenges college or university engineering students to design, build and test a 20-ft. precast, prestressed beam. Teams progress with oversight from a faculty advisor and local or regional PCI producer member—Knife River…

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BMC Enterprises sustains double-digit growth, adding Raineri, Blue Grass RM

The St. Louis region’s top ready mixed concrete and aggregate producer has acquired three operators serving its central-eastern Missouri home base: Blue Grass Ready Mix, single-plant Saint Robert operator; Raineri Building Materials, with two St. Louis ready mixed plants and companion construction product yards; and, Eureka Materials, sand & gravel producer. The deals position BMC Enterprises Inc. with 70-plus concrete…

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Producers prepare to roll out welcome mats for PCI Precast Days

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute members will spotlight their corner of construction during 2023 PCI Precast Days, opening their operations to neighbors, students, and local officials. The October 9-20 event will enjoy an impressive stage: PCI’s 154 producer members reported more than $7 billion in sales from 258 Institute-certified plants specializing in architectural or structural…

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Report quantifies precast concrete’s robust, growing economic impact

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff U.S. precast concrete producers accounted for more than $25.8 billion in revenue and $5.1 billion in worker wages in 2022, employing approximately 102,000 individuals at 2,700-plus plants, a new National Precast Concrete Association report finds. Behind topline and payroll trajectories, authors track producers’ 6.9 percent growth rate from 2018 to 2022,…

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Core & Main closes on Foster Supply, R.P. Foster assets

Sources: Core & Main Inc., St. Louis; CP staff Underground infrastructure product and services provider Core & Main has acquired the assets of Foster Supply Inc. and R.P. Foster Inc., with Scott Depot, W.V. headquarters, plus two satellite locations or offices each in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The businesses specialize in underground precast concrete structures, pipe, drainage materials and…

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Concrete methods offer multiple paths to severe weather protection

BY KWK ARCHITECTS In areas of the country where dangerous tornadoes and severe weather occur more frequently, more universities are incorporating reinforced rooms, or storm shelters, in their residence hall designs to provide an extra layer of protection for students. These tornado-safe rooms are typically small, above- or below-ground structures made of concrete, masonry or steel—all proven to withstand extreme…

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Recon ships first EV Blocks vehicle charging station base forms

Minnesota precast concrete licensor Recon and United Kingdom-based EV Blocks Ltd. have dispatched their first electric vehicle charging station foundation forms to a newly established U.S. producer network. Announced in August 2022, their partnership combines the innovation of the EV Blocks foundation—widely used in the U.K.—with Recon’s expertise in bringing value-added precast elements or structures to market. The partnership and…

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