Concrete Products

FEB 2017

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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66 • February 2017 FEATURE BY DON MARSH PRECAST PRELIMINARIES Concrete Concepts is the precast arm of Bryan Materials Group (BMG), a western Pennsylvania construction fixture since 1883. In addition to CCI, BMG spans Pittsburgh ready mixed business- es Frank Bryan Inc. and Quality Concrete, plus four aggregate production or distribution operations along a 50-mile Ohio River stretch from Pittsburgh to the Ohio border. Georgetown Sand and Gravel, a BMG company since 1996, and a recently added ready mixed operation, Beaver Concrete & Supply, are the Bryan oper- ations closest to the Shell Chemical Appalachia site. Both are positioned to supplement concrete construction activities at the petrochemical complex site in the coming years. Pittsburgh's Trumbull Corp. awarded CCI the panel contract. The river bank walls, along with a new 500-car precast/pre- stressed parking structure from Ohio's R.W. Sidley, are the main above-grade structures project observers will see through next year's main construction phase start. Present efforts center on extensive earth moving and foundations to accommodate the ethane cracker's massive equipment and infrastructure net- works, and seal contaminated soil from the site's legacy owner, a zinc-smelting predecessor of today's Horsehead Holding Corp. After a five-year gauge of market conditions and project feasibility, coupled with state and local economic development incentives, Shell Chemical Appalachia confirmed the multi-billion dollar Beaver County master plan in June 2016. The cracker will use low-cost ethane from Marcellus and Utica basin shale gas to process more than 1.75 million tons of polyethylene annually for products ranging from food packaging and containers to auto- motive components. Compared to the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast—ground zero for North American petrochemical produc- tion—Shell Chemical Appalachia and customers will benefit from close proximity to gas feedstock, and a shorter, more dependable supply chain. More than 70 percent of North American polyeth- ylene customers are within a 700-mile radius of Pittsburgh. Presented here from the west, the complex will require a construction payroll up to 6,000 through 2020-21, and a projected 600 permanent employees when completed. The Potter Township, Pa., site lies on the west bank of the Ohio River, adjacent to Interstate 376 and about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Concern for the complex's visual impact from the east bank is evident. Shell Chemical Appalachia invested in color-fast, long life cycle site walls, rising here in summer 2016 from a Vanport Township vantage. RENDERING: Shell Chemical Appalachia, LLC

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