High Concrete Group is starting an $8 million expansion of its Denver plant that could create 50 to 70 jobs, the company announced Wednesday.
High Concrete president John “J.” Seroky said the year-long project, which he described as a manufacturing “revitalization,” will help it meet growing demand for its architectural precast concrete.
Seroky said the expansion will boost High Concrete’s architectural-precast manufacturing capacity and efficiency, lower the site’s carbon footprint and improve working conditions.
Lancaster, Pa. (March 25, 2014)—High Concrete Group's Denver, Pa. headquarters facility is now operating one of the premier precast automatic batch plants in the country. An extensive upgrade last fall has automated key processes, introduced new cost efficiencies, and reduced errors, waste, and inventory variances associated with manual processes.
A cross-functional team led by Rick Dickerson, manager of strategic projects, based the recommendation on best practices from the US and Europe. The new system utilizes state-of-the-art computer technology to dramatically increase the measurement accuracy and control of free moisture in the process. The high degree of control permits minute adjustments that substantially improve strength, color, and finish. The system will also allow us to expand our use of self-consolidating concrete in both structural and architectural products.
As part of the upgrade, the team added a new silo for slurrified silica fume which is added to high-strength mixes. Only the second of its kind in the country, the equipment dispenses material with virtually no tolerance. It simplifies work for demanding applications.
In addition, the system frees the existing silo for the introduction of fly ash to mixes, a first for High Concrete. Fly ash is a waste stream material that lowers costs while improving the workability and durability of precast concrete. A new low-pressure air system feeds the cementitious powders while keeping oil and moisture out to ensure uninterrupted flow. Recent activities include:
About High Concrete Group
Headquartered in Denver, Pa., and employing more than 500 people, High Concrete Group has provided precast components for more than 5,000 projects since 1957, and is found on Engineering News Record's list of the Top 600 Specialty Contractors. High Concrete Group operates precast concrete production facilities in Denver, Pa., and Springboro, Ohio. The company also operates High Concrete Accessories, a Denver, Pa.-based national precasting embedment supplier. Visit http://www.highconcrete.com or email concrete(dot)answers(at)high(dot)net.
An operator batches a load of concrete in High Concrete-Denver’s new state-of-the-art facility.