Concrete Products

FEB 2018

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 62 of 89 February 2018 • 59 COVER STORY COLONIAL PRECAST "We've always had Elematics in here," explains Ron Heilbron, PE, president and CEO of Colonial Precast. "Given the geographical loca- tion—west coast of Florida—being an outdoor plant, [the E9] is the best machine out there right now for us. We've had other machines in here that were good machines but they would never run as fast. And it was either they were used to a harder stone or bigger stone. If you took those machines to the Carolinas, they would probably be just as good [as the E9], but for us here, this was the perfect fit." Working one shift Monday through Friday, the company splits its production with the E9 in two phases: 25,000 square feet of hollow core one week, and 20,000 square feet a second week with a week off in between each phase. The machine provides high casting speed with Colonial noting that it averages 65 inches per minute consistently. The company also produces 4- to 16-in. solid precast slabs, precast stairs, inverted T beams, ledger beams, and spandrel panels within its 20-acre production yard. Continued on page 60

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