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 38 of 95 JuLY 2014 • 37 BRIEFS MANUFACTURERS General Resource creates Mapei Americas admixture platform Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based Mapei Corp. has closed on Minnesota admixture producer Gen- eral Resource Technology, eyeing synergies with its adhesive, coating, grout and mortar portfolio, while extending GRT offerings beyond the Central U.S., first toward the coasts and eventually to Canada and Mexico. "Mapei Group has been in the admixture business for a long time globally, and GRT will certainly help us move forward in that market in the Americas," notes Mapei Americas CEO Luigi Di Geso. "With the addition of an admixture manufacturer based in the Amer- icas, the growth rate of our Concrete Systems category will increase even more quickly. As our global Underground Tunneling Technology division expands, GRT will provide an important source of highly special- ized products for this market as well." Founded in 1993, GRT markets concrete admixtures and auxiliary products regionally, especially target- ing technology to support next-gen- eration chemical agents. "When we frst began talks, we felt very com- fortable with the Mapei philosophy," says GRT Vice President Travis Collins, who is transitioning to general man- ager of Mapei Americas' new subsid- iary and will report to Di Geso. "We feel Mapei will help us reach new heights as we all work to grow the admixtures business." Mapei Americas CEO Luigi Di Geso (left) and GRT V.P. Travis Collins consummate the deal. MERTS ROUNDS OUT PATHFINDER OFFERINGS The North American representative of Tiger con- crete block & paver machinery and transfer equip- ment, Holland, Mich.-based Pathfinder Systems has closed on concrete batch plant and material handling specialist Merts Inc., Leesburg, Ga. The merged companies can offer a wide range of color blending systems for block and paver pro- ducers, along with batch plants scaled to precast production. In ready mixed, Merts is especially known for the Big EZ, a self-contained, modular batch plant equipped to produce 10 yd. in just over a minute. Shipped with a pre-wiring package that simplifies electrical connections, expediting start up, the Big EZ is offered with such options as lighting and remote control systems. The transaction brings Pathfinder Systems years of engineering and design background, plus expanded manufacturing capability and parts network, along with what company officials note is top of the line customer service—before and after the sale. Tiger Machine and Merts will be mark 65th anniversaries in 2015. — Pathfinder Systems, 877/498-4437, www.pathfindersystem. com; Merts, 229/435-3315, See our case studies 35 years of innovation 1 888 793-9340 9001 - 2008 Your one stop shop for • DESIGN & ENGINEERING • MANUFACTURING & INSTALLATION • PLANT AUTOMATION & CONTROL SYSTEM • COMMISSIONING & START-UP Solutions for custom batch plants • DRY BATCH • CENTRAL MIX • PORTABLE & MOBILE • RETROFIT • MIXERS

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