Concrete Products

AUG 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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22 • August 2014 "This investment speaks to our commit- ment to operational excellence," says Mack Vice President and General Manager Roger Johnston. "Our highly engaged workforce will use these enhancements to take another step in our journey toward truly world-class manufacturing in Macungie." Two new state-of-the-art dynamometers, which allow completed trucks to run on stationary rollers for enhanced testing of a variety of engine and vehicle systems, will be installed as part of the upgrade. "Along with a product line-up and a dealer network that have never been stronger, this latest signifcant investment in our facilities sends a clear message that Mack is poised to grow," affrms Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. A $69 million outlay for advanced equip- ment, processes and plant redesign will further improve manufacturing effciency and vehicle quality at Volvo Trucks North America's New River Valley assembly plant, spanning the VHD and four other models. "The investment will spur signifcant im- provements in material handling and parts fow that will allow us to increase through- put and reduce tied-up capital," says Vice President and General Manager Lars Blomberg. "In addition to helping us further improve product quality, the redesign and additional equipment will also provide our employees with an even safer and more er- gonomic working environment." Energy-effciency upgrades at the Dub- lin, Va., operation's paint facility will in- crease capacity and truck fnish quality. New racking and storage systems, docks, and lifting devices, together with the redesign of a variety of work areas, will allow improved material delivery. Following its acquisition by the Carlyle Group, Muller will operate as a stand- alone business under the Signode Industri- al Group. The company's products are sold around the world under the Muller brand plus Yellow Jacket, Haloila, Mima, GaleWrap and two new additions, Lachenmeier and Lock n' Pop. Staff from the latter two units will be working with the Muller management team to provide customers a broader range of load containment solutions and support. Muller will now offer Lock n' Pop's unique equipment and adhesives, while marketing the Lachenmeier brand of stretch hooding equipment and related flm in North Amer- ica. To further support customers and bring all its solutions together in one place, Muller has also launched, soon to offer an e-commerce section where visi- tors can easily purchase parts. Fly ash-based binder specialist CeraTech has joined Architecture 2030's "Challenge for Products" initiative, focused on carbon reduction in the built environment through reduced use of fossil fuels. The Alexandria, Va., company, which produces and distrib- utes ekkomaxx and other branded bind- ers—typically under licensing arrangement with ready mixed and precast producers— endorses the 2030 Challenge to reach ar- chitects, code-generating bodies, and green rating organizations. Extech Building Materials, serving pro- fessional builders and contractors in metro New York and outlying New Jersey and Penn- sylvania markets, has closed on Pasvalco, a natural stone supplier and custom stone. The acquisition further extends Extech's product line by broadening its stone veneer and paver offerings as well as adding the unique ability to custom fabricate stone into various archi- tectural designs and confgurations. BRIEFS MANUFACTURERS Get your silos and bins fl owing again! call 800.544.2947 visit email A GLOBAL COMPANY • Off-center loading • Material discharges in chunks • Shorter & more frequent fi ll cycles Problem Indicators • Regain live storage capacity • Reduce the need for confi ned space entry • Controlled cutting technology • Recover lost material Benefi ts Flow Problems? Flow Problems? ® Registered trademark of Martin Engineering Company in the US and other select locations. © 2014 Martin Engineering Company. Additional information can be obtained at www.martin- Restore your productivity, contact us today to get started. Flow aid systems—air cannons, vibration, and sonic horns— provide a total system solution. Silo Cleaning + Air Cannons BETTER TOGETHER

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