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Inescapable

Inescapable

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    The rebar cage is positioned into the form.

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    Left: Forms are readied for the pre-pour inspection.

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    A precast jail cell is removed from the form at Oldcastle Precast Modular Group.

Finding local labor

To complete the production and finishing cast, RW also hires local labor. This allows RW to offer the client an additional opportunity to keep the module contract within the local economy for the citizens who should rightfully benefit from a new facility's construction. The influx of new labor during the course of a project contributes another benefit to RW: the potential to add quality personnel to the core RW team.

“A great sense of satisfaction comes from owners and contractors that experience the RW team and want us on the next project; not just because of the superior product, but due to the character and integrity of the RW road warriors,” explains RW's president Steve Weirich.

Local subcontractors are an equally important addition to each mobilization plan.

RW begins a search for such contractors during the pre-construction phase of a project. Teaming with and developing an early dialogue with a ready-mix concrete producer is crucial to the mobilization and production process.

RW's preconstruction team meets and works with this key subcontractor to create an optimal mix design, map the necessary delivery schedules, and create a working relationship between each company's quality control personnel.

In this case, RW teamed with ready-mix producer Dolese Bros. Co. The team at Dolese has been working with RW's preconstruction and onsite personnel to meet daily delivery demands. This has proven to be yet another advantage of the contractor-subcontractor relationship.

From owner to general contractor, and from subcontractor to employee, creating and developing relationships within a project team was the key element to the success of RW's onsite production model and product delivery system.

Like Stealing Money

The nation's increased building of federal and state prisons and county jails has resulted in honest money for precast producers.

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is nearly doubling the size of two facilities in Colorado. Oldcastle Precast Modular Group of Telford, Pa., is designing, manufacturing, and erecting cells for the Bent County and Kit Caron Correctional Facilities in that state. Visit www.opmg.com.

The Corrections Division of Tindall Corp. in Spartanburg, S.C., recently completed a major expandable correctional facility for Hernando County in Brooksville, Fla. The 60 precast concrete cells containing 120 double-unit bunks were erected in four days. Tindall can ship the cell modules by rail to virtually any location. Visit www.tindallcorrections.com.

The author is director of human resources for Rotondo Weirich. Visitwww.rotondoweirich.com.