StressCrete spun pole harbors electric vehicle charging station

StressCrete Group of Burlington, Ontario has begun embedding a Level II Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station, or VoltLock, in its centrifugally cast, prestressed concrete Alexander pole. The package provides a discrete and convenient means of powering EV batteries. Base cavities in the lighting structure conceal power supply equipment, affording station users and owners a safe, tamperproof solution. The Alexander profile…

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Carolina Craft

Eager to open a new chapter bearing on one of the most advanced and robust precast operations in North America, Tindall Corp. Utility Division completed a midyear move from legacy Spartanburg, S.C. headquarters to a 42-acre parcel about a mile away. At the former site, it shared batch plant capacity, traffic lanes, and property constraints no less than eastbound Interstate…

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Missouri KC, N. Arizona, Lehigh teams top PCI Big Beam Competition

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff University of Missouri Kansas City, Team 2 took the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute 2021 Engineering Student Design Competition, also known as the Big Beam Competition. Students Jose Luis Ramirez and Juan Carlos Plasencia Chinchay prevailed with guidance from Civil Engineering Professor Thiagarajan Ganesh and Terry Fleck of Coreslab Structures (Kansas).

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Evercast expands in the Carolinas, acquiring Precast Supply Co.

Sources: Evercast, Princeton, W.V.; CP staff Evercast, a leading specialty precast and prestressed concrete producer in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, has acquired Precast Supply Co. of Concord, N.C. The transaction complements the suitor’s existing product offerings; adds to its portfolio of precast and prestressed production brands, all primarily geared to drainage, transportation and utility markets; and, better positions the business…

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Strand-Tech asset deal builds Insteel footprint in prestressed

Source: Insteel Industries Inc., Mount Airy, N.C.

Insteel Wire Products Co. has acquired the assets of Strand-Tech Manufacturing Inc. Management plans to close the company’s Summerville, S.C., operation by the end of third quarter, then shift its prestressed concrete strand production equipment to existing Insteel fabrication shops in Florida, Tennessee and Texas. 

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BuRec competition targets water pipeline performance improvement

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; CP staff

With a purse up to $75,000 divided among five finalists, the Bureau of Reclamation has launched a two-stage competition seeking innovative methods to detect leaks and flaws in buried pipelines—primarily 48-in. and larger prestressed concrete cylinder or steel pipe—that convey water for municipal, industrial, and agricultural uses.

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Optimism Mile High at The Precast Show 2018

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association; CP staff

Drawing 4,500-plus attendees late last month to Denver, The Precast Show continues a steady, post-recession growth trajectory as North America’s largest annual, precast-specific trade show. This year’s event had 375 exhibitors across 73,000 net square feet of Colorado Convention Center space.

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ASTM A01 recognizes new high-strength steel grades in PC strand standard

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshocken, Pa.; CP staff

ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys has approved the inclusion of grades 310, 325, 340 product in A416/A416M, Specification for Low-Relaxation, Seven-Wire Steel Strand for Prestressed Concrete, representing a 15- to 25-percent increase in minimum tensile strength from existing grades. A new annex in the standard will reference the three grades.

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Investor’s solid returns, track record prompt Rocla Tie sale to German rail specialist

Sources: Vossloh AG, Werdohl, Germany; Altus Capital Partners, Wilton, Conn.; CP staff

Less than a month after finalizing an agreement with Altus Capital Partners, Vossloh Group has closed on Denver-based Rocla Concrete Tie Inc., the leading producer of prestressed concrete railroad and turnout ties for Class I, commuter passenger, transit, and industrial lines.

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