• Drawing a New Map

    While the current residential construction data is disappointing, it's important for producers to remember the current lower housing sales is a only cyclical setback.

     
  • Grace Launches Green Building Web Site

     
  • Florida Rock OKs Sale to Vulcan

    Florida Rock Industries' shareholders overwhelmingly approved its sale; Boral Ltd., a large construction materials company based in Australia, has bought Schwarz Readymix in Oklahoma City and the quarry assets of Davis Arbuckle Materials

     
  • TCP 100: Producer Pulse

    The TCP100 survey gives us a glimpse into producers' thoughts on important issues in the industry today. Here are some of their comments.

     
  • 2007 TCP 100: Exclusive Web Content

    Bonus material featuring Hanley Wood Market Intelligence reports, surveys, charts, graphs and related articles to add depth to your understanding of the TCP 100 list.

     
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    The Code Master

    Lisa Ising has been an environmental services consultant to the ready-mix industry, specializing in regulatory-compliance matters.

     
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    Visionary Leaders

    As truck chassis get taller and longer, it's harder than ever for drivers to see everything happening around them. Fortunately, fleet managers can opt for several new tools and devices that provide clearer lines of vision.

     
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    Products For The Producer

     
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    Knowing when to Upgrade

    Four years ago when Andy O'Brien started Homeland Ready Mix, he knew he needed a competitive edge. It seems he found it. From his one plant near Parsons, Kan., O'Brien has competed effectively and profitably with only 16 trucks. He began by investing in a batching system.

     
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    The Right Tool

    For more than 30 years, contractors have benefited from the availability and quality of very specialized concrete mixes volumetric concrete producers (VCP) provide. Now, there's another, perhaps even greater, opportunity for VCPs: pervious concrete .

     
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    Paddling Ahead

    The NCCC is much more than a three-day event. It's an annual rite of passage for some of the nation's best civil engineering students.

     
  • Five Things to Consider When Building Your Own Glider Truck

     
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    Glide Into an Upgrade

    Many producers have opted to upgrade their fleets with glider trucks. Retrofitting existing equipment allows fleets to spiff up the appearance and maintain performance levels.

     
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    Mixing Profits

     
  • 2007 TCP 100: Tops in Rocks

    The U.S. Geological Survey published the following list of top U.S. aggregate producers in 2005, by production. These leading U.S. aggregate producers accounted for 46% of the total output in the U.S.

     
  • TCP 100: 2007 Follows Suit

    The first half of this year has already been witness to several mergers and acquisitions.

     
  • 2007 TCP 100: Ten to Watch

    Most of the producers on this list are located in areas identified by Hanley Wood's Market Intelligence as the "busiest" and "hottest" markets for housing in the United States. Others caught our attention because of their remarkable growth the last two years.

     
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    Following the Money

    Audax Group. Park Avenue Equity Partners. ShoreView Industries. These are some of the biggest names in today's concrete industry, but you won't find them painted on a ready-mix drum. That's because one of the world's most plentiful building materials has caught the eye of a group of people far away...

     
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    100 Gladiators

     
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    A Concrete MBA

    As young people advance in our industry, they have not been exposed to the financial and strategic skills they need. The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) curriculum at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro has filled this important role.

     
  • Putting Aggregate to the Test

    We are being forced to look for a new source of coarse aggregate. The problem is our choices are limited. One of our options, and it appears our most economical one, will be from a quarry whose aggregate is known to be susceptible to alkali-silica reactivity.

     
  • New Approved ASTM Standards

     
  • Rolling Uphill

    Tires my not be the most glamorous equipment in a warehouse, but they literally keep our industry rolling.

     
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    Injection Casting

    Always strapped for room, wetcast precasters value every square foot of production space. Now production has a new dimension: upwards.

     
  • In The Mix

    Dispatch from the World of Concrete Mexico; New U.S. Concrete President; ASCC Elects President, Board and other industry news.

     
  • We're in Good Hands

    Creative approaches and inventive techniques on display at the ASCE Concrete Canoe competition prove our concrete future is in good hands