Concrete Products

AUG 2015

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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12 • August 2015 The North American leader in prestressed concrete railroad ties has extended its market footprint and product range with the acquisition of KSA Limited Partnership, a Lehigh Hanson Inc. and Koppers Inc. joint venture serving primarily eastern U.S. markets from a Portsmouth, Ohio, plant. "This business complements [our] strategic initiative of expanding product solutions to the railroad industry," notes Roc- la Concrete Inc. CEO Peter Urquhart. "We also anticipate KSA will provide a platform for further opportunities to grow." KSA was founded in 1992 as a joint venture between Kop- pers, Lehigh Portland Cement-backed Sherman International, and Sweden's Abetong AB, a sister business of Lehigh under Hei- delberg Cement, Germany. It is strongest in turnout and grade crossing ties, but also offers conventional cross ties and com- panion concrete products for the railroad industry. KSA's cus- tomer base extends to Class 1 railroads, plus commuter and tran- sit system operators. Lakewood, Colo.-based Rocla Concrete entered the U.S. in 1987 with Australian investors, and has solidified market leader- ship through plants in Pueblo, Colo.; Amarillo, Texas; Bear, Del.; and, San Jose Iturbi, Mexico. Major customers include Amtrak, Burlington Northern and Union Pacific, plus operators of Class 1 railroads, light rail/transit systems, high-speed corridors and intermodal ports. Rocla is now a portfolio company of Connecti- cut-based Altus Capital Partners. NEWS SCOPE PRODUCERS Rocla Concrete frees Lehigh Hanson, Koppers partnership from railroad ties CONTECH EQUIPS SYMBOLIC SITE An Ohio-based innovator in concrete and composite drainage structures, Contech Engineered Solutions supplied a new stormwater detention system to Liberty Park, an elevated public space adjacent to the new World Trade Center in New York City. Scheduled for completion in 2017, Liberty Park will have a capacity of 750 people and sit 25 feet above Liberty Street, over- looking the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. To meet NYC Department of Environmental Protection regulations, a detention structure was needed to temporarily store park runoff exceeding the site's allowable discharge rates, and release collected volume slowly over time. Detention system water tightness is especially critical as the park is perched on the WTC Vehicu- lar Security Center. Contech consulted with Port Authority of New York & New Jersey engineers, who specified a storm- water detention system made of nearly 200 linear feet of DuroMaxx Steel Reinforced Polyethylene, affording about 2,500 cu. ft. of storage. Liberty Park is one of many World Trade Center aspects taking shape as developers prepare for next year's One World Trade Center (background) opening. OFFER Serving the Ready Mix Industry Since 1981! RELIABLE PLACING FOR EVERYDAY CONCRETE, EVERYDAY! 800-635-6729 MADE IN THE USA FOR THE WAY WE WORK!

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