Concrete Products

SEP 2013

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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FEATURE BY STEVEN PROKOPY CANADIAN CROWN JEWEL A new major greenfield precast plant at Coreslab Structures' Dundas, Ontario, operation is taking shape on the fast-track from drawing board to start up PHOTOS: Plant Architects The Coreslab Structures Dundas, Ontario, facility features a large-scale, fully-enclosed production plant, custom designed by company leadership working with a team from the design-build frm Plant Architects. Inset, the Dundas plant under construction earlier this year. 30•September2013 At the westernmost tip of Lake Ontario, between Toronto and the Niagara Peninsula region in Ontario, the new Coreslab Structures facility in Dundas is on the verge of becoming the flagship plant for the international Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute member firm, with headquarters in nearby Stony Creek, Ontario. With much of Canada escaping the effects of the economic downturn that has plagued the rest of North America and the world, Toronto and all of southeastern Ontario continue to enjoy brisk expansion as the most densely populated area of the country. As a result of this growth, Coreslab has answered the endless call for additional commercial and multifamily developments with a new 85,000-sq.-ft. structural prestress and precast facility, constructed beside its 70,000-sq.-ft. hollowcore operation. Appropriately enough, both plants are set on a 60-acre site on Coreslab Road. The greenfeld expansion at Dundas adds to Coreslab's 17 operating facilities throughout the United States and Canada, spanning from Los Angeles to Miami and Connecticut to Omaha. Dundas is currently the only Canadian production plant. The company has grown through acquisitions over the years, and has made a point to continuously up-

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