Concrete Products

JUN 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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22 • June 2017 Wells joins Clark Pacific with over 30 years' experience as a preconstruction and estimating executive for leading national general contrac- tors serving the California market. His experience and thought leadership will help bridge the gap between construc- tion and manufacturing, company officials note, and drive the market transition to next generation building solutions for owners and developers. Wells is the fourth key hire in recent months as Clark Pacific builds upon construction market-driven momentum toward a fundamental transformation from traditional delivery methods to modern off- site prefabricated building systems. ORGANIZATIONS The National Concrete Masonry Association is participating in this month's National Thought Leaders Forum on Disaster Mitigation Resil- iency for a Stronger and Safer America. Staged on Capitol Hill, it brings together top policy- makers, industry representatives, and experts to examine the power of disaster resiliency in construction to save lives and taxpayer dol- lars, and explore solutions and incentives for strengthening buildings and mitigating damage from natural disaster. The event is in coopera- tion with the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes and the Insurance Insti- tute for Business & Home Safety. Doug Guerrero was to be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during Cali- fornia State University, Chico commencement ceremonies last month. The degree recognizes service to the school's Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program and leadership on the University Foundation Board of Governors. Guerrero was instrumental in establishing the first CIM degree program in the Western U.S., ushering it into the CalState Chico College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construc- tion Management. In addition to co-founding efforts in 2005, he has chaired the Chico CIM Patrons, which have donated more than $3.5 million to the program. Guerrero also serves on the CIM National Steer- ing Committee, which provides scholarship and programming support to CalState Chico, Middle Tennessee State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Texas State University. Prior to his CIM affiliation, he held executive posi- tions with Cemex USA, RMC Industries, Lone Star Industries and Kaiser Cement. BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS Dave Wells AMCON ADDS MASONRY PLANTS IN CONCRETE MATERIALS DEAL A deal with Sweetman Construction Co., dba Con- crete Materials, has netted TCC Materials' Amcon Concrete Products business block plants in Har- risburg, S.D., and Worthington, Minn. They join a network of concrete masonry and hardscape unit plants in Medford, St. Cloud and St. Joseph, Minn., plus Rapid City, S.D. "This acquisition will allow us to combine efforts among all Amcon plants in order to better serve new and existing customers in the Upper Midwest," notes Brian DiGrado, vice president and general manager of Mendota Heights, Minn.-based TCC Materials. As a Concrete Products Group stakeholder, Amcon offers such specialty building and hardscape brands as Nova-Brik, Spec-Brik, Spec-Finish and Spec-Thermal, plus Anchor, Allan Block, Keystone and Vera-Lok. In addition to its concrete masonry operations, TCC runs 10 packaged materials facil- ities in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota—ProSpec, Quikrete, Sakrete, Spec Mix and Tech-Mix among their brands. Conventional sweep elbow blowouts cause ongoing system shutdowns. 45° and 90° elbows available in diameters from 1.25 to 18 inch, with flanges and socket-weld ends in tube, Schedule 10/40 and Schedule 80 pipe, in cast iron, carbon steel, aluminum, stainless steel and specialized alloys depending on diameter. ABRASIVE CONCRETE MATERIALS BLOWING OUT YOUR PNEUMATIC CONVEYING ELBOWS? Prevent elbow failure by preventing material impact Unlike conventional "impact" elbows and "plugged-tee" elbows that rely on material impact to change direction, HammerTek's Smart Elbow design features a spherical chamber that protrudes partially beyond the desired 90º or 45º pathway. This causes a ball of material suspended in air to rotate— in the same direction as the air stream that powers it—gently deflecting incoming material around the bend without hitting the elbow wall. ® Ask for a Free, No-Risk Trial Offer 1-610-814-2273 Prevent elbow wear, blow-outs, recurring maintenance and shutdowns once and for all with Smart Elbow ® deflection elbows from HammerTek ® Lime, clay, sand, alumina, iron oxide, fly ash, granite, cement, shale, slag, clinker, cinders, aggregates and other abrasives wear through conventional sweep elbows because material must hit the elbow wall at high speed to change direction. Instead, the Smart Elbow design gently deflects material around the bend without impacting the elbow wall, providing concrete producers with three important benefits: Virtually no elbow wear, blowouts, replacement costs or related downtime Virtually no material degradation, reducing dust generation Reduced space requirements—about 40% shorter than sweep elbows 1 2 3 Smart Elbow deflection elbows at concrete plants still going strong after 15 years. EE-1024

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