Concrete Products

JUL 2014

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 20 of 95 JuLY 2014 • 19 The Challenge: Increase capacity and improve the efficiency of panel production to meet the growing demand for prestressed architectural precast. The Solution: Hamilton Form's self-stressing architectural casting tables reduce set-up time and improve handling of architectural panels. Vibrotrack ™ is installed under the table for concrete consolidation. Hydraulic side rails drop down for easier handling an d set-up. The Result: Better efficiency, better handling, improved quality. For innovative, flexible formwork solution, contact Hamilton Form: 817 590-2111 or H A M I L T O N F O R M C R E A T E S F U N C T I O N C A S E S T U D Y A R C H I T E C T U R A L C A S T I N G T A B L E R o c k y M o u n t a i n P r e s t r e s s 22 "We're enjoying the reduced labor on this bed compared to how we typically build. The sliding vibrators under the table work wonder- fully too. It almost turns conventional concrete mixes into SCC." – David Figurski, Batch Plant Supervisor, Rocky Mountain Prestress Hamilton Form Company, Ltd. 7009 Midway Road • Fort Worth, Texas 76118 Custom forms. Custom equipment. Practical solutions. GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS TRANSPORTATION Congress Cannot Get Big Things Done Because Everything Turns in to a Parti- san Fight. In the words of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, "Infrastructure spending is popular on both sides." In the past year transportation legislation and funding ideas have come from both Dem- ocrats and Republicans. Notably, Rep. John Delaney's (D-Md.) Infrastructure Bank bill was proposed with an equal number of Democrat and Republican co-sponsors. We Don't Have the Money to Fix The Problem. The notion that we simply cannot fnd a long-term, sustainable rev- enue source is false. The costs of inaction and allowing the HTF to cease funding for needed repairs and maintenance are immense. For instance, congested roads cost an estimated $101 billion per year in wasted time and fuel. We can either invest now or pay a whole lot more in the years ahead. Chamber outlines Business Plan for Infrastructure U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue weighs in on the group's proposed transportation and environmental infrastructure business plan: "For too long our nation has been locked in the same stale debates over how to fix the infrastructure system that is crumbling beneath us because of chronic underinvestment. We all know the system has become outdated, inef- ficient, and unsafe. We know that letting the physical platform of our economy continue to decay will further weaken our recovery and threaten our global competitiveness. A com- prehensive, forward-looking business plan for infrastructure that meets the needs of a com- petitive 21st century is based on five pillars: "The first is transparency and accountabil- ity, especially how transportation and infra- structure projects are selected, executed, and paid for. Reforms will not only improve the efficiency of our system, deliver better bene- fits, and lower costs, but they will instill badly needed public confidence and trust. "The second is a streamlined regulatory process. The public needs to know that once Congress commits the money, it will be put to work quickly and efficiently for jobs, growth, and opportunity. We cannot allow vital projects to get suspended in endless permitting pro- cesses or tangled up in red tape. "The third is a more strategic, multimodal approach. We need a seamless, nationally con- nected system that links all the physical assets and all the transportation modes together. This is where many of the greatest bottlenecks in freight transportation occur—that last mile that connects one mode to another. "The fourth is technology. It's time to ensure that our roads and bridges, our air traffic control system, and our water pipes and other infrastructure are 'smart.' Infusing more tech- nology into planning, construction, and main- tenance has the potential to be a game changer for our infrastructure. "The fifth is a predictable, stable, and grow- ing source of funding. We need to seize every opportunity to tap every possible source of cap- ital so that important projects can get done—and quickly. The simplest, most straightforward way to secure the investments we need is by raising the gas tax, which hasn't been increased in 20 years. We must also leverage private investment, particularly innovative funding mechanisms like public-private partnerships. "The Chamber is going to take this plan on the road through a series of events to galvanize support among policymakers and the public. We're going to continue to press the case that investing in infrastructure is not just a worthy use of our time and resources—it's critical to our growth, competitiveness, and safety."

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