Concrete Products

APR 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 34 of 71 April 2018 • 33 BRIEFS PRODUCERS manufacturing capabilities made joining the ReCon team a natural expansion of our business," says Superior Concrete CEO Todd Sternfeld. "Our ReCon business continues growing steadily, and we appreciate being named as a recipient of an award for such a high level of production." "Each year we recognize producers who have achieved a high level of production," adds ReCon President Stan Hamilton. "Supe- rior Concrete Products sold and installed more than 101,000 square feet of ReCon blocks. To put this achievement in perspective, Supe- rior has manufactured, shipped and installed more than 18,900 ReCon Blocks … more than 750 semitruck loads of product." San Diego-based Eldorado Stone has received the Good Design Award for its inno- vative new wood plank stone veneer, Vintage Ranch. The profile captures the character and warmth of classic American barn wood in an easy-to-install panelized format, com- bining planks of varying height and depth to preserve the rich color tones and textures of naturally weathered oak, Douglas fir and pine. The concrete product is available in Saddlewood (shown here), Parchwood, Fox- wood and Doverwood styles. Each Vintage Ranch plank is care- fully hand painted to display the patina of weather-worn boards; rustic finishing details embodying the enduring resilience of authentic wood. In addition to the Good Design Award for 2017, Vintage Ranch was recently named a This Old House Top 100 Product and Building Design & Construction Top 101 Product. The profile is available in Saddlewood (shown here), Foxwood, Parch- wood and Doverwood color finishes. Connecticut investment firm Altus Capital Partners was awarded Buyouts Magazine's 2018 Small Market Deal of the Year for the acquisition and subsequent sale of Rocla Concrete Tie, Inc., the leading U.S. producer of prestressed concrete rail tie for Class I railroads, industrial or commuter passenger operations and transit authorities. Altus acquired Rocla in May 2013 and subsequently partnered with management to accelerate the company's growth by funding two add-on acquisitions, two new facili- ties and plant expansion. The investments allowed Rocla to further expand its customer base, product offerings and reach throughout the U.S. and Mexico. The company was sold to German-based rail infrastructure supplier Vossloh Group in January 2017. "This award reflects our long-term invest- ment strategy focused on manufacturing highly engineered products in North America. Our investment team engaged in a collabo- rative partnership with management to help them achieve the growth that was restricted under their prior owner by aggressively pursuing new plants and acquisitions," says Altus Capital Founder and Managing Partner Russell Greenburg. "This award is also a reflection of the quality and dedication of Rocla's talented man- agement team, which remains in place under Vossloh's ownership," adds Partner Heidi Gold- stein. "We were fortunate to work with such a team, which brought to our partnership a deep understanding of the changes reshaping the rail sector and how to address them." Conventional sweep elbow blowouts cause ongoing system shutdowns. 45° and 90° elbows available in diameters from 1.25 to 18 inch, with flanges and socket-weld ends in tube, Schedule 10/40 and Schedule 80 pipe, in cast iron, carbon steel, aluminum, stainless steel and specialized alloys depending on diameter. ABRASIVE CONCRETE MATERIALS BLOWING OUT YOUR PNEUMATIC CONVEYING ELBOWS? Prevent elbow failure by preventing material impact Unlike conventional "impact" elbows and "plugged-tee" elbows that rely on material impact to change direction, HammerTek's Smart Elbow design features a spherical chamber that protrudes partially beyond the desired 90º or 45º pathway. This causes a ball of material suspended in air to rotate— in the same direction as the air stream that powers it—gently deflecting incoming material around the bend without hitting the elbow wall. ® Ask for a Free, No-Risk Trial Offer 1-610-814-2273 Prevent elbow wear, blow-outs, recurring maintenance and shutdowns once and for all with Smart Elbow ® deflection elbows from HammerTek ® Lime, clay, sand, alumina, iron oxide, fly ash, granite, cement, shale, slag, clinker, cinders, aggregates and other abrasives wear through conventional sweep elbows because material must hit the elbow wall at high speed to change direction. Instead, the Smart Elbow design gently deflects material around the bend without impacting the elbow wall, providing concrete producers with three important benefits: Virtually no elbow wear, blowouts, replacement costs or related downtime Virtually no material degradation, reducing dust generation Reduced space requirements—about 40% shorter than sweep elbows 1 2 3 Smart Elbow deflection elbows at concrete plants still going strong after 15 years. EE-1024

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