Concrete Products

AUG 2018

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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Page 46 of 71 August 2018 • 45 LITTLETON RETURN The Massachusetts Ready Mix project began in January 2016, as market conditions compelled management to evaluate the potential of a site where San-Vel once ran ready mixed alongside precast/pre- stressed production. The most recent occupant, Aggregate Industries, vacated a lease—along with equipment far past its prime—in 2012. "The site had an original C.S. Johnson plant with hexagon-shaped bins and eight cement silos in two groups," notes Tarr. "We knew it had to be rebuilt and found local officials very receptive to eliminat- ing a longtime eyesore." Permits for an enclosed operation, topping out at 72 feet, turned on a plan in which the footprints of the original batch plant and ramp-served hopper building were maintained. New enclosures for both buildings bring harmony and aesthetics to ready mixed production space never realized from the San-Vel days on. MRM enlisted Maryland-based Concrete Plants Inc. to contour a Stephens Empire transit mixed model and aggregate storage/trans- fer system to the original building footprints. The batch plant has 300 tons of overhead aggregate storage and equal volume in hopper building ground vessels and vertical storage. It also has 300 tons of cementitious material storage, primarily for Type I/II portland cement plus a blended Lafarge Type I SF (silica fume). MRM is among early customers of North America's newest powder producer, McInnis Cement, which began production at an eastern Quebec site along the Gulf of St. Lawrence in mid-2017. The Type I/II cement is billed for its low-alkali properties, and trucked from a Port of Providence (R.I.) terminal, McInnis Cement's charter U.S. distribution point. MRM is well positioned to leverage contractor loyalty and build a brand, thanks especially to a major investment on a site that has harbored ready mixed production for the better part of the past 79 years, plus a seasoned management team whose four members have 120-plus years in the industry. "Every day we hear from a new cus- tomer or prospect about a ready mixed order," affirms Tarr, whose third go around at the Littleton site stands to be his most rewarding. COVER STORY MASSACHUSETTS READY MIX Grand opening attendees observed MRM's new batch plant, rated at 150-200 yd./hour; routing of mixers, dumps and tankers along pro- duction space abutting maintenance garage and headquarters office buildings; and, the depth of commitment to testing in new concrete lab space and equipment. The project challenged Stephens Mfg. and Concrete Plants Inc. with a greater than normal level of surveying and engineering to ensure the batch plant and hopper building fit on existing structure footprints. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker led the guest list at an early-June ribbon cutting and grand opening in Littleton. Flanking him, from left, are Massachusetts Ready Mix Business Administrator Stephanie Montisanti; Plant Operator Anthony (Duke) Bradley; dispatcher/driver John Stirrat; General Manager Wayne Tarr; Sales Representative Christopher Tarr; yardman/loader operator Nick Ferullo; and, drivers Paul Roux and Michael Lesperance. PHOTO: Massachusetts Ready Mix

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