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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62 • February 2018 FEATURE BY DON MARSH Through 30-plus years, Texas-based Superior Concrete Products has pushed the delivery boundaries of value-added precast fence and wall offerings in contracts with owners who will incur transportation premiums when a good turnkey solution for a home, building, ranch or other property perimeter is on the table. It has built a production team espe- cially adept at crafting urethane formliners with wood, stone or other natural textures; fabricating forms for efficient handling and staging; and, formulating integrally colored mixes to yield unique ranch-style fences and architectural or utilitarian site, sound or secu - rity walls. For Superior Concrete and peers, the latter category has proved to be among the fastest growing in precast concrete. The producer saw a strong Texas market rebound in the early post-recession period, backed with a growing order log for wall proj- ects across the country, plus increasing interest from customers or prospects outside North America. By 2014, Superior Concrete deter- mined that aging equipment—batch plant, 20 years; coloring system, 10 years—at its Cle- burne, Texas, facility would hamper growth of the core business and newer utility or novelty lines, namely: ReCon Retaining Wall Systems, licensed units with plain or decorative finishes and textures, cast in .5- to 1.5-ton sizes and now available under design-build delivery; and, Superior Tiny Houses, offering all-pre- cast packages for mobile (park model) or fixed installations. A major investment in the Cleburne oper- ation, located along the southern end of the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex, has brought a new batch plant, process water and slurry recycling system, and dedicated ReCon production area, coupled with construction of a two-level office building and 600-sq.-ft. Superior Tiny House. The office and house showcase architectural and structural precast design and fabrication, along with custom formwork capabilities. "We are in a position to produce more prod- uct at better quality than before," says Superior Concrete Founder and CEO Todd Sternfeld. "We can create more colors and maintain color con- sistency at a higher level." "It is unusual for a precaster to engineer a project, manufacture molds, then fabricate structures and install them across the coun- try," he adds, noting that the Cleburne upgrades afford customers and prospects a close look at each step of the architectural or structural prod- uct casting, finishing and shipping processes. Recent visitors have included international accounts seeking wood or other textured form liners, or production licenses involving standard Superior Concrete fence and wall designs. TEXAS TEXTURE Superior Concrete recently completed a two-level office fronting the Cleburne production facility, where customers can see team members make formliners to yield unique wood, stone or other natural material surfaces and textures in precast fence or wall components. The office and fittingly appointed conference room serve as a product, finish and color showcase for fence, wall or form/formliner customers and production licensees. Continued on page 64 PHOTOS: Superior Concrete Products

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