Concrete Products

NOV 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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24 • November 2018 PRODUCERS MDU Resources Group has closed on Sweetman Const. Co., an inte- grated ready mixed, aggregates and asphalt producer operating in the Sioux Falls, S.D., market as Concrete Materials Co. The company and its 260 employees join the North Central Region—Dakotas, Iowa, Min- nesota, Nebraska—of MDU's Knife River Corp. construction materials subsidiary. With upwards of 55 million tons of reserves, Sweetman aggregate operations serve seven sister ready mixed concrete and three asphalt plants. The company also owns a rail line and transloading service augmenting the Sioux Falls plants. "Sweetman has been a key player in the area for nearly 90 years. Its team members' relationships and expertise are important as we look to continue to provide great service throughout the region," says MDU CEO David Goodin. "[Our] success has been built on acquisitions like this," adds Knife River CEO David Barney. "Sioux Falls has a strong and diverse econ- omy. The Sweetman companies have a successful history there, and we look forward to continuing to support construction in Sioux Falls for generations to come." Denver-based Environmental StoneWorks has expanded its precast veneer stone production and installation business through the acqui- sition of VanWell Masonry, a Snohomish, Wash., contractor serving the Pacific Northwest for 25 years. "VanWell Masonry has a stellar reputation for covering the Puget Sound region with a broad range of masonry installation and services," says Environmental StoneWorks CEO Charles Stein. "Expanding the Environmental StoneWorks footprint into the Northwest solidifies our position as the only national turnkey manufacturer and installer of stone and brick veneer." "Our extensive masonry offering, combined with the deep knowledge of our personnel, gives us the expertise to see all customer projects to a successful completion," adds VanWell Masonry President Mark VanWell. "The Environmental StoneWorks 'one-stop shop' belief system is a perfect match for us. As part of their national brand, we will continue to expand our services, reach, and customer commitment across the Pacific Northwest." Fred Jacobs (left, with Besser Co. CEO Kevin Curtis), Concrete Products Division production manager for Consumers Concrete Corp., has earned Besser Co. Master Blockmaker Certification after complet- ing the Advanced Concrete Masonry Technology course at the World Center for Concrete Technology in Alpena, Mich. He has operated a progression of concrete products machines over the past 27 years, from 1956 V2H, Bescopac and V3-12 Vibrapac models to a Vibrapac 2000 and now Consumers Concrete's new Servopac Select at the Wyo- ming, Mich. plant. Jacobs invested years of running the equipment and undergoing Blockmakers Workshop training through Besser and Alpena Community College ahead of the Master Blockmaker title. BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS FULLY AUTOMATED & CAPABLE OF 24/7 OPERATION CALL FOR YOUR QUOTE TODAY 866 958 7267 PATENTED DIF-JET ™ AERATORS PATENTED SAFER & CHEAPER THAN ACID ONLY $6.00 OF CO2 PER 10,000 GALLONS TREATED ONLY $6.00 OF ONLY $6.00 OF ONLY $6.00 OF ONLY $6.00 OF

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