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Astec Industries Acquires RexCon

Astec Industries, Inc. announced  has announced the acquisition of RexCon LLC, a leading full-line concrete batch plant manufacturers in the United States, according to a Globe Newswire release.

“We are very pleased to welcome RexCon to the Astec Industries family of companies,” said Benjamin G. Brock, Chief Executive Officer of Astec Industries, Inc. The acquisition of RexCon reflects our stated strategy to drive focused growth, both organically and through acquisitions of strong companies, that serve the infrastructure, aggregate and mining, and energy industries.

“RexCon is a successful, profitable company with a reputation for innovative technology and dependable quality products. We are a match culturally and in our approach to business,” Brock said.

“We thank the owners, Jake Jacobs and Mike Redmond, for their collaborative efforts in finalizing this transaction, and we are pleased that they will continue to run and work to grow RexCon, as a part of Astec Industries, joining our Energy Group.”


About RexCon
RexCon LLC is a U.S. manufacturer of high-quality stationary and portable, central mix and ready mix concrete batch plants, concrete mixers, and concrete paving equipment. RexCon specializes in providing portable, high-production concrete equipment to contractors and producers worldwide in a totally integrated turnkey production system, including customized site layout and design engineering, batch plants, mixers, water heaters and chillers, ice production and delivery systems, material handling conveyors, gensets and power distribution, cement silos and screws, central dust collection, aggregate heating and cooling systems, batch automation controls, and batch office trailers.  Top-of-the-Line componentry coupled with firsthand experience producing and paving concrete results in superior equipment. More information on RexCon and its products can be found at

About Astec Industries, Inc.
Astec Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of specialized equipment for asphalt road building; aggregate processing; oil, gas and water well drilling; and wood processing. Astec’s manufacturing operations are divided into three primary business segments: road building and related equipment (Infrastructure Group); aggregate processing and mining equipment (Aggregate and Mining Group); and equipment for the extraction, production and combustion of fuels, biomass production, and water drilling equipment (Energy Group).

Report Shows Excellent Long-Term Overlay Performance

Research by the The National Concrete Pavement Technology (CP Tech) Center, in partnership with the Iowa Concrete Paving Association (ICPA), Iowa DOT,  and the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) at Iowa State University, reveals concrete overlays have generally outperformed performance expectations in the state, as well as some long standing roadbuilding standards. 

Overall, 89% of all concrete overlays in the state had a pavement condition index (PCI) of 60 or greater (good to excellent).(1)   Data also showed the majority of concrete overlays were on track to reach good PCI (60 or better) and adequate ride quality rating, based on International Roughness Index readings of 170 in./mi or better during the first 35 years of service life.

The majority of concrete overlays in Iowa have service life trends exceeding the expectations listed in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program Synthesis of Highway Practice 204.(2)

The researchers pursued the research in response to the existence of few comprehensive studies that evaluate long-term performance of concrete overlays.  Iowa roadways were selected because of the long history of concrete overlay construction in Iowa, coupled with wealth of performance data(3) presented an excellent opportunity for a comprehensive, long-term performance study of concrete overlays.  In fact, data collection on all paved secondary roads began in 2002, and since 2013, data has been collected on every paved public roadway in Iowa, according to the research. 

For the study, researchers analyzed concrete overlay performance using the PCI from the Iowa Pavement Management Program, as well as IRI data. In all, data came from 384 concrete overlays on 1,493 miles of roadway and encompassing 14 years of data collection.  “Although data collection has only occurred for 14 years, some of the overlays in this data set were built as early as 1977,” explained Dan King,  EIT,  Regional Services Manager for the ICPA.  “As such, we have performance data for a good number of overlays that are as much as 30 to 40 years old.”

Four overlay types were studied: unbonded and bonded concrete overlays on concrete and on asphalt (UBCOC, BCOC, UBCOA, and BCOA, respectively). Concrete overlays on composite pavements were included in the BCOA and UBCOA categories.  The researchers also reported unbonded concrete on asphalt (UBCOA) overlays have performed better than the three other overlay types.

The results of this study are beneficial to the Iowa DOT and local agencies, according to the researchers, who note, “The results provide definite evidence on a large scale that concrete overlays are a successful preservation technique that can provide extended service lives to roadways in need of rehabilitation.”

Please follow these links for the complete field data report and the tech transfer summary.

(1) Iowa DOT  pavement condition data includes IRI readings, as well as data on transverse cracking, longitudinal cracking, D-cracking, spalled joints, and faulting. 
(2) McGhee, K. H. 1994. NCHRP Synthesis of Highway Practice 204: Portland Cement Concrete Resurfacing. National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Washington, DC., as cited in the field report and T2 report.
(3) The Institute for Transportation (InTrans) at Iowa State University manages pavement condition data as part of the Iowa Pavement Management Program.

ACPA Offers Exclusive Training, Discounts at World of Concrete

ACPA is offering exclusive training and discounts at World of Concrete, set for January 2018 in Las Vegas.

By registering with ACPA’s unique weblink, members can save on exhibits:  

  • Exhibits-Only Rates  – $20 exhibit-only admission, online only.  Rate valid through January 11, 2018 (or $75 at show with printed buyer invite or $90 without)
  • Non-exhibiting Manufacturers – MEMBER RATE=$350 online thru 12/4; $450 after 12/4 & onsite.

Also, special discounts apply to seminars, certification courses, and World of Concrete’s Super Passes.

  • 3-hour Seminars = $135 (vs. $175) 
  • 90-minute Seminars = $95  (vs. $135)
  • 4-hour Certifications = $190 vs. $225  
  • Super Pass 1 & 2 = $405 vs. $550
  • Super Pass 3 = $505 vs. $650 (on or before 12/4/17).

Back by popular demand, ACPA is offering special “Industry Training Courses,” which will cover the following topics:

The registration fee for each program is $160, but you can save more when purchasing both ACPA Pavement sessions!  Two courses = $280 ($40 savings).   Courses may be selected during registration, but you may also add courses if you registered previously.

Register today for WOC 2018 and this great line-up of exhibits and training!


ACPA Offers Course on Using New Online Thickness Design Software

World of Concrete Exclusive: Designing Concrete Pavements Using New Online Thickness Design Software

Course Code: ACPATH
Date/Time: Thursday, January 25 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: LVCC North Hall
Register online and select courses prior to checkout.  (You can also select courses if you’ve previously registered.)  

This comprehensive training session is presented by industry pavement design experts. The concrete pavement industry has prepared a new, free online design software unifying the entire spectrum of industry pavement thickness design methods for the many different applications of concrete pavements and overlays. Jointed, reinforced, CRC, RCC, full-depth reclamation, as well as bonded and unbonded overlays will be covered. Roadways, streets, industrial, heavy-load and parking area applications will be covered.

Who Should Attend?
This training is a must for anyone wanting to learn how to use the new online software to design pavements. Project and construction managers, estimators, and quality managers, as well as civil, geotechnical and pavement engineers will learn about this new software. The training is also well-suited to agencies and owners, architects/designers, building managers, facilities managers, and others interested in knowing more about how to design pavements.

Course Outline
The 3.5-hour training course will feature three modules, including:

  • Introduction to Design—basics of pavement thickness design and different factors needed as inputs to the design method.
  • Designing Pavements using the free online Software—step-by-step approach to using the software for different applications; instructors will use multiple example problems from various markets.
  • Discussion and Open Q&A —interactive session allowing time for specific design questions and answers as well as discussion of specific issues and key topics.

Want to save more? 
The fee for this program is $160, but you can save morewhen purchasing two or more ACPA Pavement sessions! Click here to see our  other industry course offerings on Monday and Wednesday and Wednesday at WOC 2018.   Register for World of Concrete today

ACPA Offers RCC Pavement Training

World of Concrete Exclusive: ACPA Offers Course on Achieving High Quality Roller Compacted Concrete

Course Code: ACPAWE
Date/Time: Wednesday, January 24 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: LVCC North Hall
Register online and select courses prior to checkout.  (You can also select courses if you’ve previously registered.)  

This comprehensive training session is presented by some of the foremost experts in Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) paving. Often referred to as the “third pavement material,” RCC has many features and benefits, but also requires a different approach to design, construction, and repair for low-volume streets, highway shoulders, industrial applications, and military facilities. Specific RCC projects, issues and key points will be addressed.

Who Should Attend?
This training is a must for small and large contractors, including those with and without RCC paving experience. Project and construction managers, estimators, equipment managers and quality managers, as well as civil, geotechnical and pavement engineers will learn about this new pavement type. The training is also well-suited to agencies and owners, architects/designers, building managers, facilities managers, and others interested in knowing more about how RCC pavements can be used.

Course Outline
This 3.5-hour training course will feature three modules, including:

  • Introduction to RCC—history of RCC, basic RCC paving process, features/benefits & market applications.
  • Quality RCC Construction—basics of design, available construction methods, preparing a mixture design, handling materials, subgrade preparation, equipment selection, placement, jointing and curing. 
  • Troubleshooting RCC—common problems with RCC pavements, how to recognize defects and deficiencies,
    and how to prevent and repair problems

The program also will allow time for questions and answers, as well as discussion of specific RCC project specifics, issues and other key points.

Want to save more? 
The fee for this course is $160, but you can save more when purchasing two or more ACPA Pavement sessions! Click here to see our  other industry course offerings on Monday and Thursday at WOC 2018.   Two courses = $280 ($40 savings);  all three courses= $400 ($80 savings).

Register for World of Concrete today

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