Concrete Products

JUL 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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26 • July 2017 NEWS SCOPE MATERIALS Top independent coal ash processor and mar- keter Charah LLC has added a Sulphur, La., terminal to a distribution system of multiple sourcing locations across the country, aimed at ensuring concrete producers and other cus- tomers a steady and reliable supply of Class C and Class F fly ash. The new site offers Greater Lake Charles/Sulfur Area producers Class F fly ash, and is the second barge-supplied location in southern Louisiana—alongside a LaPlace terminal serving in state, Mississippi and Ala- bama accounts. "As one of the leading fly ash marketing companies, we're ready with a dedicated team of sales and logistics experts. We have built many excellent relationships with utilities around the country, which gives us a real advantage when it comes to providing our customers with a continuous supply of fly ash when and where they need it," says Scott Louisiana ash terminal joins Charah MultiSource Network CEMENT SHIPMENTS STEADY Weighing market data and conservative base- line estimates for infrastructure spending and tax reform, Portland Cement Association Chief Economist Ed Sullivan projects U.S. cement shipments increasing at 3.5 percent rates for 2017 and 2018. "While fiscal stimulus will boost consumption, other economic indica- tors will temper growth," he told attendees of the IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Conference in Cal- gary. "Infrastructure policies also take time to implement, so you could be looking at 11 to 22 months before new projects truly get underway." Tax reform will have a key impact on cement consumption, as it drives consumer spending and confidence that play heavily with the housing sector. "When you hire a worker, you hire a taxpayer," Sullivan observed, noting that additional funds generated from consumer taxes and spending will help drive moderate growth in public construction and housing markets. "The underlying fundamen- tals supporting economic growth are positive, though we'll maintain a watch on how the U.S. government addresses possible inflation and immigration policy," he concluded. Ziegler, vice president of Ash Sales and Mar- keting for Louisville, Ky.-based Charah, who points to these recent investments dovetail- ing the Louisiana capacity expansion: • Worcester, Mass., terminal. The recent retirement of Dynegy's Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Mass., has created greater demand for fly ash in the Northeast. Anticipating critical market need, Charah expanded its MultiSource network in January 2017 with a Worcester rail terminal, located near the Massachu- setts Turnpike and major trucking arteries. While the terminal is currently operating as a rail-to-truck transload facility, the installation of product silos will soon increase storage and distribution flexibility to serve Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island customers. • Oklahoma City Metro terminal. Growing oilfield work has increased demand for quality fly ash in the Great Plains. Charah's new Oklahoma City terminal is equipped to supply the area from two MultiSource power plant sources; with easy access to Interstates 35 and 40, the facility serves customers throughout Greater Oklahoma City Metro and surrounding areas. • Fontana, Calif., terminal. The MultiSource network now extends to the West Coast. In California, where coal-fired electricity generation plants at the end of 2015 rep- resented less than 6 percent of the energy used to serve the state, the Fontana termi- nal provides the Greater Los Angeles area much-needed quality fly ash. EXPANDING ON 35 YEARS OF ENGINEERING EXPERTISE With the expansion of our 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, our family-owned team of more than 35 years is growing. It's part of our commitment to continue serving you with higher-quality bulk storage tanks and silos, unmatched customer service, and complete confidence in your investment. Our new facility features state-of-the- art manufacturing technology, a dedicated stainless area for higher- grade steel and gives us increased capacity to put your business first – because our team is on your team. Give your team the Imperial advantage. 800-558-2945 Imperial Industries is the trusted choice for custom designed and built industrial storage tanks and silos, proudly serving the industry for more than 35 years.

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