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Two producers hope to establish their new operations by selling their commitment to doing the environmentally right thing. What makes them unique is that their successful business plans centered on developing greenfield locations using the promise that concrete producers can be good environmental neighbors.

Waukegan, Ill.-based United Concrete, now in its third year of operation, came about after some hard research. With a rough start due to political opposition, Dan Bobrowski and Christian Vene found they "had to design a plant layout that exceeded the state and county's standards for environmental concerns." They hired an urban land planner and conversed with the city engineer to learn of the city's two major concerns-dust and noise control. Material storage was also a major issue.

Today the complex serves as a beacon of hope for all new producers who are willing to stand up not only to the challenges of competition but also to the environmental challenges of being good neighbors.

Mark Breckenridge of B & B Materials found his challenge in Little Rock, Ark. The site Breckenridge deemed perfect for his third plant turned out to be a construction material dump site, and the owner was under investigation by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Arkansas Pollution Control & Ecology Department.

With an Environmental Data Service (EDS) audit and a preliminary plan in hand, Breckenridge met state and local officials to agree on a rough site plan with a proposal to exceed city requirements. Dust control and control of process water were major issues. The plant is now in operation, and Breckenridge can pause to reflect on his accomplishment.

This article also presents a producer's fairy tale-life in a concrete producer's perfect world.

Keywords: environment, United Concrete, permit, zoning, dust, noise, B & B Materials, neighbor