HawkeyePedershaab adds wet-cast capabilities in New Hampton Metal deal

Sources: HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies, Inc., Mediapolis, Iowa; CP staff

Through acquisition of fellow Iowa operator New Hampton Metal Fabrication Corp., HawkeyePedershaab will expand its precast concrete equipment market presence, especially in formwork for wet-cast manholes, box culverts and pipe. The New Hampton brand will be maintained, while former principals Jamie and Nick Wegner lead HawkeyePedershaab’s wet-cast division.

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CalStar begins production at two-line, Mississippi masonry plant

Sources: CalStar Products, Caledonia, Wis.; CP staff

CalStar Products has begun delivering building and landscape units from a 100,000-sq.-ft., Columbus, Miss., operation—an ambitious satellite to a Racine, Wis., flagship plant opened in 2010. With dry- and wet-cast lines for brick, trim and paver products using proprietary binders and high fly ash content, the facility sits on 23 acres in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park.

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Rheology modifier, anti-settling agent suits zero slump to SCC mixes

To meet demand for precast concrete with smooth surface, uniform matrix and high performance characteristics, Active Minerals Intl. has developed Acti-Gel 208, a mineral based additive suited to self-consolidating and zero slump mixes. As a low-dose rheology modifier and anti-settling agent, it provides aggregate suspension, stabilizes mixtures, and improves workability, flowability, and pumpability throughout fabrication of wet cast and dry cast products.

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