Oldcastle Precast, a subsidiary of CRH based in Dublin, Ireland, developed prestressed concrete post-tension box girders for the City of Rancho Cucamonga outside of Los Angeles. The bridge includes a 33-foot and a 52-foot girder, together carrying two railroad tracks over Haven Avenue.
Midwest Products Group produces and distributes concrete block, retaining walls, and other masonry and landscape products. The Jefferson City, Mo.-based producer recently expanded its operations in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. “Most of[the concrete industry’s growth will come from the design community,” says Patrick Dubbert, president. “We have to tell and show them our advantages over our competitors.”
Ozinga Bros., a ready-mix producer based in Mokena, Ill., is on the leading edge of digital communications. “We plan to continue investing in new technologies from improving business intelligence to updating websites and offering new web-based customer tools and apps,” says Tim Ozinga, marketing communications director & co-owner. Ozinga plans to convert its entire fleet to compressed natural gas by 2020
In Poca, West Va., Claxton Smith & Sons Concrete Co. is just beginning to feel the effects of a slower economy. “We will have to reduce labor cost to be able to stay in business at this time,” says Jeff Smith, vice president. “Yardage is down and so are prices, but supply materials costs are up. This combination does not create a good business environment.”
Cranesville Block, based in Amsterdam, N.Y., is experiencing similar economic conditions as in 2013. “No drastic changes,” says John Tesiero IV. Although, he predicts, “the availability of fly ash will be at a premium” in coming years.
“We are up 140% in sales since 2013,” reports Scott Young of Bethlehem, Pa.-based Four Winds Concrete. “We’ve been very busy, even on rain and snow days, but there is a shortage of help so we are keeping the employees on overtime more.” The producer is looking to hire several new drivers, a quality control technician, and a dispatcher this year.
Geneva Rock Products (Clyde Companies), a producer of ready-mix, aggregates, and asphalt based in Murray, Utah, celebrates its 60-year anniversary in 2014. Jay Ritchie, vice president of concrete, expects higher revenue but also “tighter competition” in the coming year.
U.S. Mix, a Denver-based manufacturer of cementitious products, has seen “high revenue growth with margin pressure (profits down)” over the past 12-24 months. The producer expects even higher revenue in 2014 and plans to hire plant personnel and at least one new driver.
“Sales [in 2014] are running close to last year…[although] more government regulations make it tougher to do business,” says Brian Wells of the The Wells Group LLC, based in West Liberty, Ky. “Business hasn’t changed much,” says Wells, “but we are being more aggressive than we have been in the past.”