Bright Spots of Recovery

Geneva Rock Products is the largest supplier of ready mixed concrete in the state of Utah. "From aggregates and landscape rock materials to asphalt and concrete, we are dedicated to successfully finding the right solution for every job."

Cranesville Block Co. has been family-owned and operated since 1947. The Amsterdam, N.Y.-based ready-mix, block, and aggregate producer won the ACI Concrete Gold Award for Design and Installation in 2012 for the Worcester Central School District Addition in Worcester, N.Y.

Cranesville Block earned five Safety Achievement Awards from the U.S. Department of Labor for superb safety performance at its aggregate locations.

Smokey Point Aleutian Concrete, based in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, specializes in hard-to-do and difficult-to-supply projects. "We strive to produce the highest quality concrete for the lowest price possible," says owner Ryan Costanti. "Being in remote areas this is a monumental hurdle to overcome. We work hard to control source costs as well as labor costs at the plant."

A row of Schmitz Ready Mix trucks lines up for loading at a limited-access city paving job in Milwaukee.

Prairie Material, based in Bridgeview, Ill., works with municipalities and contractors to bid roller-compacted concrete as an alternative to full-depth asphalt for paving projects. “The economic advantages of engineering roads with RCC as part of a composite pavement in regards to material costs, lower maintenance, and savings on excavation and haul-away are the main reasons we are taking some of asphalt’s market share in the paving market,” says Theron Tobolski, Prairie’s marketing product specialist.

Buzzi Unicem USA recently supplied cement for a school parking lot in Livingston County, Ill., that was originally planned as asphalt, with an alternate bid for concrete in the bus lanes and turn around lanes. Contractor Anderson Concrete bid the entire job as concrete, resulting in a nearly 2800-yard project and a lasting investment for the school district.

Ozinga Bros. Inc. plans to convert or replace its entire 500-vehicle fleet to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) by 2020. The Mokena, Ill.-based producer has built CNG fueling stations at two ready-mix plants, and plans to open more by the end of 2013.

Infrastructure projects have been key for precast over the last three years, says Scott Szwejbka, senior vice president of Irving, Texas-based Hanson Pipe & Precast. “In north Texas alone, the North Tarrant Expressway project (SH 183-121, shown here) and the LBJ Freeway expansion (I 635) have a total cost of $5.2 billion, but approximately 80% of the funding comes from private sources. These projects will significantly improveme road capacity without an immediate burden on taxpayers with the offset being the implementation of new toll roads.”

Claxton Smith & Sons Concrete Co., based in Poca, W.V., was founded by Claxton & Dorthy Smith with one truck in 1948. The producer now operates three plants and a fleet of more than 30 vehicles. Smith Concrete, as it's known locally, now produces over 50,000 yards of concrete/year. The producer plans to expand its operations to include more state infrastructure work, large commercial, industrial, and government jobs.

Formed in 1968, US MIX is a premier blending and packaging company located in Denver, Colo. In response to the 2013 TCP Reader Survey: "Our business has steadily grown throughout the recession. To be able to grow, let alone survive, the economic downturn was due to our people first and formemost - their adaptability and sacrifice."

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