Knife River Prestress adds Oldcastle Spokane plant

Sources: MDU Resources Group, Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff

MDU construction materials subsidiary Knife River Corp. has extended its Pacific Northwest precast/prestressed concrete production footprint, acquiring the assets of Oldcastle Infrastructure Spokane. The operation serves contractors and developers in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, and complements an existing Knife River precast/prestressed plant in the latter state. 

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Shockey Precast deal moves Metromont market footprint north

Sources: Metromont Corp., Greenville, S.C.; CP staff

Metromont will build on its position as one of the premier precast/prestressed concrete operators in the Southeast and lower mid-Atlantic markets in a planned acquisition of Shockey Precast Group. Based in Winchester, Va., the latter specializes in parking structures, mission critical structures and wall enclosure systems for owners, developers and contractors throughout the mid-Atlantic region, and will operate under its legacy banner as a Metromont division.

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Tindall elevates Force to CEO, next Lowndes generation to chairman

Sources: Tindall Corp., Spartanburg, S.C.; CP staff

Tindall President and Chief Operating Officer Greg Force has been named chief executive officer, while Vice Chairman William Lowndes IV transitions to chairman of the board. Force has served as president and COO since 2004 after joining the producer in 1988. A past (2012) Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute chairman and PCI Titan of the Industry (2014), he holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Georgia College and State University.

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Clark Pacific triples southern California production footprint with new plant

Sources: Clark Pacific, West Sacramento, Calif.; CP staff

Amid higher student housing, parking structure and office building demand, Clark Pacific has opened a second precast/prestressed concrete site in southern California. The new Adelanto plant is about 50 miles north of an existing Fontana operation, east of Los Angeles, and expands the producer’s fabrication and yard scope in the region to 135-plus acres.

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Investors capitalize Big Apple-centered Boccella Precast

Sources: Main Street Capital Corp., Houston; CP staff

Main Street Capital has announced an $18.6 million outlay combining first-lien, senior secured term debt and direct equity investment in Berlin, N.J.-based Boccella Precast LLC, a structural concrete products operator serving metropolitan New York, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets. The firm partnered with Ashland Capital Partners, Chicago, and Boccella management on the transaction.

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Parking structure powerhouse Carl Walker Inc. brings Florida’s WGI to national scope

Sources: WGI, West Palm Beach, Fla.; CP staff

Design, planning, and surveying firm WGI is joining forces with consulting and structural engineer Carl Walker, Inc., whose founder built the best known brand in concrete parking structure practice through successful deployment of precast/prestressed members for long-span conditions, project economy and construction speed.

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Standard Concrete underpins timely I-85/Atlanta bridge reopening

Sources: Georgia Department of Transportation; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; CP staff

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao joined Georgia Governor Nathan Deal just ahead of Memorial Day weekend to mark the earlier than projected completion of an emergency Georgia DOT contract, Interstate 85 over Piedmont Road Bridges, in Atlanta. Fast track reconstruction turned on rapid delivery of precast/prestressed concrete bridge girders from Standard Concrete Products, Columbus, Ga.

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ABCs of TRB: Accelerated Bridge Construction ideal for precast/prestressed


Technical papers involving accelerated bridge construction and precast/prestressed concrete products were among the 5,000-plus presentations in more than 800 sessions at the 96th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. More than 13,000 transportation engineers and specialists from across the country—and around the world—journeyed to Washington, D.C., earlier this year for TRB 2017, and Concrete Products was among them.

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