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New I-35W Bridge Selected as the 2009 America’s Transportation Awards Grand Prize Winner and 2009 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award Winner

Cemstone Unveils Project Vision Imaging Software for Decorative Concrete Contractors

Public Road Saves Environment

Cemstone Chosen for Expansion of Project Green Fleet Program

Cemstone Expands and Upgrades Henderson Aggregate Facility

Cemstone Introduces Full Range of Wood Forming Products

Cemstone Chosen for Minnesota’s Largest Pervious Concrete Street Construction Project

East Range Ready Mix Opens For Business In Northern St. Louis County

Cemstone Concrete Chosen for Minneapolis’ Marquette & Second Avenue South Transit Project (MARQ2)

Cemstone Named Reward Wall System “Producer of the Year” for Eighth Year in a Row
 

New I-35W Bridge Selected as the 2009 America’s Transportation Awards Grand Prize Winner and 2009 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award Winner

Recognition by prestigious organizations brings total award count to 22

35W Bridge

The I-35W Bridge has been selected the Grand Prize winner 2009 America’s Transportation Awards competition, and one of the winners for the 2009 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards.
Courtesy of FIGG, engineer of record I-35W bridge. Tim Davis, Photographer.

Mendota Heights, Minn. – November 3, 2009 – Cemstone, the Upper Midwest’s leader in high-performance concrete and engineering services has learned that the new I-35W bridge has been selected as the 2009 America’s Transportation Awards Grand Prize winner by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The I-35W bridge replacement project was awarded the Grand Prize from a group of Top Ten Projects for 2009.

In addition, the I-35W bridge was selected as one of the winners for the 2009 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards given by the National Council of Structural Engineer Associations (NCSEA). The award was presented during the NCSEA annual conference.

“These national awards are further testament to the new I-35W bridge and all that was accomplished over such a compressed period of time and under extreme pressure,” said Thor Becken, president of Cemstone  “We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, and to work shoulder-to-shoulder with our construction partners FIGG Engineering and the Flatiron/Manson team.”

The 2009 America’s Transportation Awards competition recognizes outstanding transportation projects in three categories: “On Time,” “On Budget,” and “Innovative Management.”  The ten projects that scored the highest during four regional contests competed for the Grand Prize. A total of fifty projects competed for the Grand Prize.

The NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards recognize creative achievement and innovation in structural engineering. Projects are evaluated for the creativity in structural design, complexity of criteria or unique problems, innovative application of new or existing materials or techniques, ingenuity of design for efficient use of materials and labor, exceeding owner’s needs or expectations, and suitability of the structure for its environment.

“We truly feel honored to have played an important role on this historic and high profile project,” said Becken. “With nineteen spans across the Mississippi under our belts, we believe very strongly that our people and our processes are poised to take on infrastructure projects of any size and of any complexity.”

Cemstone provided 60,000 cubic yards of high performance concrete for the Flatiron/Manson design/build team, including four primary high-performance concrete mixes for superior strength and multiple levels of redundancy.  These high-performance mixes also enhanced the project’s environmental sustainability by reducing the amount of virgin material, particularly Portland cement (and its attendant carbon dioxide emissions), in the structure.

Founded in 1927, Cemstone now operates more than 50 ready-mix concrete plants in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa. The company operates a fleet of blue Cemstone ready-mix trucks, offers a complete line of concrete pumping capabilities,
engineering services, concrete block and masonry products, and is the nation’s largest distributor of Reward® Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) used in the construction of concrete structures.

To learn more about Cemstone products and services, phone 1-800-CEMSTONE or visit www.cemstone.com.

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Cemstone Unveils Project Vision Imaging Software for Decorative Concrete Contractors

Cemstone-exclusive system enables contractors to show homeowners and commercial customers “before” and “after” images

Decorative Concrete

Cemstone’s exclusive Project Vision imaging software enables concrete contractors to use a computer to show “after” images for any driveway, pool, patio, walkway, parking lot or other decorative concrete project – before the project is undertaken.

Mendota Heights, Minn. – October 27, 2009 – Cemstone, the upper Midwest’s leader in ready-mix, high performance and decorative concrete and masonry products, today introduced Project Vision imaging software, a proprietary tool that enables concrete contractors to use a computer to show “after” images for any driveway, pool, patio, walkway, parking lot or other decorative concrete project – before the project is undertaken. The software can also show images of asphalt converted to standard grey concrete.

Project Vision allows contractors to apply more than 28,000 Cemstone color and pattern combinations to a digital image of the proposed project site.  And the project owner can view side-by-side “before” and “after” images of the project site prior to starting.

 “Project Vision is an education and selling tool for our customers to help them dramatically demonstrate the possibilities available to homeowners with Cemstone decorative concrete,” said Thor Becken, president of Cemstone. “A picture is worth a thousand words, and this new software provides decorative concrete contractors with a tremendous advantage when working with a homeowner or commercial customer.”

Project Vision can display colored and stamped concrete, acid stains, epoxy and knockdown finishes, granite, tile and more. The unique software is programmed to display Cemstone’s new line of proprietary RHEOCOLOR L liquid colors.   The software will retail for $599.  Through an introductory offer, that includes a free concrete chip kit, the cost of Project Vision is $449.

“Decorative concrete is a way to achieve a higher level of beauty, functionality and long term value,” added Becken. “We believe online tools such as Project Vision offer a unique value added benefit to contractors and homeowners alike.”

For Project Vision system requirements and to watch a video demonstration, visit: www.cemstone.com

Founded in 1927, Cemstone now operates more than 50 ready-mix concrete plants in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa. The company operates a fleet of blue Cemstone ready-mix trucks, offers a complete line of block and masonry products and is the nation’s largest distributor for the past six years of Reward® Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) used in the construction of concrete commercial buildings and homes.

To learn more about Cemstone products and services, call 1-800-CEMSTONE or visit www.cemstone.com.

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Public Road Saves Environment

Pervious concrete was used on four different neighborhood streets to improve storm water drainage.

Cemstone releases pervious concrete from its trucks while the Allen paver waits to lay concrete on the road.

When the city of Shore-view, MN, needed to rebuild streets in a high priority neighborhood, city officials considered options to address construction alternatives that manage storm water in a different way by using pervious concrete.
“We didn't start out on that premise,” said Mark Maloney, city engineer and public works director for Shoreview. “We analyzed construction alternatives and storm water management alternative, then identified an option to use pervious concrete as opposed to building traditional storm drainage infrastructure. The city council made the decision to move ahead using pervious concrete after comparing the costs.”

Storm sewer infrastructure would not be needed when using pervious concrete, which allows water to seep through the concrete to the soil below. Maloney said the net savings from using pervious concrete, which is more expensive than regular concrete, and not building storm water infrastructure were very close.

The neighborhood where this concrete was used did not have any available land to build storm water retention ponds making pervious concrete a highly desirable and sustainable solution.

Armed with information
Maloney and other city officials became familiar with a national procedure for certifying and training people in the use of pervious concrete to prepare specifications and bidder requirements. The Aggregate and Ready-Mix Association of Minnesota (ARM) provided guidelines on material, contract documents and contractors' experiences. With all this information, city officials discovered their streets would be the first public roadways committed to use pervious concrete in the United States.

North Country Concrete crews spread the concrete on the road before the paver packs and levels the mix.

North Country Concrete crews spread the concrete on the road before the paver packs and levels the mix. Cemstone, the largest ready-mix provider in the Upper Midwest, had supplied pervious concrete on previous private projects and was selected to develop this mix. The sales manager for civil and engineered sales at Cemstone, said the company had provided pervious concrete to Shoreview for an alley about two years ago. “Based on the success of that project, Shoreview officials came to us before this project was designed and put out to bid.
“We had meetings to give Shoreview officials some tips of what they should be looking for in a mix design, curing procedures, recommendations on specifications, and contractors who had experience with this mixture and who knew what they're doing. We made city employees more comfortable about using pervious concrete because we had experience with it for five years.”

Previous experience required
Veit, a specialty and waste management contractor in Rogers, MN, was selected as general contractor who sub cut the streets and prepared the site. Veit selected North Country Concrete, Ramsey, MN, as its subcontractor because of its previous experience working with pervious concrete.

After the paver levels the concrete, a cross roller, from Lura Enterprises, pushes down the concrete to pack the surface for better driving.

After the paver levels the concrete, a cross roller, from Lura Enterprises, pushes down the concrete to pack the surface for better driving. Lee said the mix Cemstone developed was the same pervious concrete mixture it has used since 2004. “We made some changes to make it more workable and to make sure it comes out of the truck. The specifications we developed were performance driven to meet Shoreview's needs,” Lee explained. Pervious concrete uses one size of aggregates and does not contain sand. “We're creating a concrete that's 20 to 30 percent voids. For years we've always tried to keep water out of concrete because water damages concrete. Now, because of the storm water and water quality concerns with sediment and erosion, cities and project owners are looking for a better way to handle storm water runoff.”
Karl Virkus, president of North Country Concrete, said his crews installed new concrete curbs and gutters, concrete driveways and pervious concrete. “After Veit installed the 2-inch aggregate that was 12 to 18 inches deep on filter fabric in the streets, we poured 7 inches of pervious concrete.”

The mixture takes longer to install because it is a stiff concrete with low slump and requires more time to come out of the ready-mix trucks. Lee said the aggregates used has to be freeze-thaw durable because water filtering through the mixture will probably touch every aggregate particle. Admixtures gave this mix more adhesion properties.

Large mechanical screed
North Country Concrete paved the three-fourth mile pavement on four different streets using an Allen screed with triple rollers. “That method seemed to place the concrete better than using a lightweight hand-pulled screed,” said Virkus. “We packed the mix for a more consistent and durable look.” The rollers went over the mixture once unless a problem occurred. Once a problem was repaired, the crew used hand rollers along the edge of the curb and returned to cut joints.

North Country Concrete workers walked across planks over the pavement to cut the blanket which will cover and cure the concrete.

Pre-wet blankets cover a newly-paved road section.

North Country Concrete workers walked across planks over the pavement to cut the blanket which will cover and cure the concrete.

Pre-wet blankets cover a newly-paved road section. The curing procedure is different for pervious concrete, said Lee. “Because this concrete has such low water content, it can dry out if we don't take precautions. North Country Concrete used blankets that were pre-wet to cure this concrete and to make sure we maintain high moisture content after the concrete is set which takes about seven days. After seven days, the blankets are removed and cars can drive on the surface.

“By using pervious concrete, you can turn a surface into more than a parking or driving surface. You can turn it into a storm water retention system because any water that hits the surface will run through the pavement and naturally filters back into the soil. While the water filters, it's being cleaned of sediments, heavy metal, phosphorus, nitrogen and other materials going through the concrete and aggregates,” said Lee who knows that many cities and project owners see good benefits to using pervious concrete.

Other advantages Lee cited are a rougher surface for better traction, better slip resistance, and reducing the heat island effect with its lighter color.

Local and national interest
Cemstone provided 1,800 cubic yards of pervious concrete covering 70,000 square feet on four different streets. On July 22, more than 100 contractors, engineers, city officials and architects attended an open house sponsored by ARM to see the final concrete placement. The group witnessed a product performance demonstration when a Cemstone truck released 2,000 gallons of water that quickly disappeared into a previously poured road section.

Maloney emphasized that a tremendous amount of interest in the Shore-view project has developed among those who build and manage public infrastructure. “There are a lot of people with the same issues nationally and they're interested in this project,” said Maloney. The city built informal partnership with the University of Minnesota, Department of Health, and the Transportation Engineering and Road Research Alliance (TERRA) to monitor ground water, analyze and test pavement course, and evaluate the pavement for design and for water filtration rates.

Residents were skeptical about the project at first, said Maloney. At city council meetings, Shoreview officials explained the benefits of using pervious concrete and cited their previous experience with the mix. “The neighborhood is satisfied with the project now,” Maloney concluded. “The process has been professional, the installation has been top notch, and we definitely had the A team on the project.”

To learn more about Cemstone products and services, phone 1-800-CEMSTONE or visit www.cemstone.com.

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Cemstone Chosen for Expansion of Project Green Fleet Program

A portion of the company’s fleet to receive advanced equipment to reduce emissions

Cemstone Truck

Cemstone has been selected by the Minnesota Environmental Initiative (MEI) and its Project Green Fleet program to upgrade 21 vehicles in its ready-mix concrete truck fleet.

Mendota Heights, Minn. – October 1, 2009 – Cemstone, an Upper Midwest leader in high performance concrete, engineering services, aggregates, decorative concrete and masonry products, has been selected by the Minnesota Environmental Initiative (MEI) and its Project Green Fleet program to upgrade 21 vehicles in its ready-mix concrete truck fleet. When completed in January 2010, the vehicles will be retrofitted with diesel oxidation catalysts (DOC) or diesel multi-stage filters that are expected to reduce engine emissions by up to 50 percent.

"We’re excited to have the opportunity to participate in this expansion of Project Green Fleet, as the program provides vital assistance to reduce the emissions of our concrete mixer truck fleet,” said Tim Becken, executive vice president of operations for Cemstone. “Whether it’s habitat restoration at our mining operations or the use of industrial byproducts in our concrete, we understand that developing sustainable practices throughout our company is good for the air we breathe and our bottom line as well."

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $3 million federal stimulus grant to MEI to fund Project Green Fleet initiatives throughout the state. MEI estimates that diesel vehicles account for 50 percent of all traffic generated air pollution in Minnesota.

Earlier this summer, five Cemstone ready-mix concrete trucks were fitted with special diesel emissions filters. Project Green Fleet covers the cost of installation, installation training and diesel emission reduction equipment. All the upgraded trucks involved in the Cemstone fleet will be located in the Minneapolis metro area. To qualify, the trucks must remain in service for the next 5-7 years or longer.

Project Green Fleet is a collaborative effort among business, government agencies and non-profit organizations to improve air quality and protect public health by reducing emissions from Minnesota’s school buses and other diesel vehicles.
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Founded in 1927, Cemstone now operates more than 50 ready-mix concrete plants in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa. The company operates a fleet of blue Cemstone ready-mix trucks, offers a complete line of concrete pumping capabilities, engineering services, concrete block, masonry products and is the nation’s largest distributor of Reward® Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) used in the construction of concrete structures.

To learn more about Cemstone products and services, phone 1-800-CEMSTONE or visit www.cemstone.com.

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Cemstone Expands and Upgrades Henderson Aggregate Facility

Henderson Dredge

Cemstone uses underwater dredging equipment at its Henderson site to extract aggregates for processing.

Mendota Heights, Minn. – September 22, 2009 – Cemstone, an Upper Midwest leader in high performance concrete, engineering services, aggregates, decorative concrete and masonry products, has expanded and upgraded its facility located in Henderson, Minn. The facility produces recycled concrete, virgin Class 5 aggregates, and washed sand and gravel to support Cemstone ready-mixed concrete and other building projects throughout Minnesota.

"Our upgrades and expansion at the Henderson site represent a new and sizeable investment in our operational infrastructure, and, with it, we are poised to provide our customers with unmatched quality aggregates and recycled concrete,” said Tim Becken, Cemstone senior vice president of operations. “In particular, aggregates are an extremely important ingredient for a wide range of construction and building projects. With our new equipment and expanded capabilities, we have what it takes to ensure an ample and steady supply to meet our customer needs."

The new equipment includes a crushing plant and washing system that provide uniform size and enhanced quality aggregate. The Henderson facility also features an underwater dredge that extracts sand and gravel from a lake bottom in excess of 140 feet deep.

“This facility produces aggregate materials that are easily and cost-effectively transported to where they’re needed,” added Becken. “Cemstone’s standard for all projects is consistent size and quality that meet or exceed industry requirements.”

Founded in 1927, Cemstone now operates more than 50 ready-mix concrete plants in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa. The company operates a fleet of blue Cemstone ready-mix trucks, offers a complete line of concrete pumping capabilities, engineering services, concrete block, masonry products and is the nation’s largest distributor of Reward® Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) used in the construction of concrete structures.

To learn more about Cemstone products and services, phone 1-800-CEMSTONE or visit www.cemstone.com.

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Cemstone Introduces Full Range of Wood Forming Products

Mendota Heights, Minn. – August 11, 2009 – Cemstone, the Upper Midwest’s leading supplier of high-performance concrete, engineering services, aggregates and decorative concrete, announced today that it now offers a full-line of wood forming products through its Contractor Supply Store (CCS) locations in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.  Cemstone has teamed up with Universal Forest Products, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers and distributors of wood products used as concrete forms.

Wood Form

Universal Forest Products manufacturing facility in White Bear Lake, Minn. will support Cemstone’s concrete forming initiative by supplying a wide range of products and services needed for a variety of concrete forming applications. Among those products and services are, bulk and piece pulled lumber and plywood; cut to size lumber and plywood; custom design-built forms; forming trusses; forming and shoring beams and posts; complete precast solutions and jobsite delivery and will call.

“Cemstone’s mission is to help our customers be more effective and productive, and Universal Forest Products full line of wood forming products and support services are a great fit for Contractor Supply,” said Thor Becken, president of Cemstone. “We’re now in a position to offer our customers everything from bulk lumber and plywood to detailed custom forms.”

Universal Forest Products (Nasdaq: UFPI) is the nation’s leading manufacturer and distributor of wood and wood alternative products to the retail / dealer, site-build construction, manufactured housing and industrial markets. Universal Forest Products is the nation’s leading producer of pressure-treated wood and a growing supplier of concrete forming products. The company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with facilities throughout North America. Visit www.ufpi.com for more information.

Founded in 1927, Cemstone now operates more than 50 ready-mix concrete plants in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa. The company features a fleet of blue Cemstone ready-mix trucks, offers a complete line concrete placing capabilities, engineering services, concrete block, masonry products and is the nation’s largest distributor of Reward® Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) used in the construction of concrete structures. Its Contractor Supply Stores in Minnesota, western Wisconsin and northern Iowa offer professional-grade concrete and masonry items direct to both professional contractors and homeowners. To learn more about Cemstone products and services, phone 1-800-CEMSTONE or visit www.cemstone.com

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Cemstone Chosen for Minnesota’s Largest Pervious Concrete Street Construction Project

Shoreview

Pervious concrete’s ability to capture storm water was demonstrated when 2,000 gallons from a Cemstone ready mix truck was discharged onto a finished section of the roadway.

Mendota Heights, Minn. – August 5, 2009 – Cemstone, an Upper Midwest leader in high performance concrete, engineering services, aggregates, decorative concrete and masonry products, is supplying 1,800 cubic yards of pervious concrete for a ¾ mile-long neighborhood roadway construction project in the city of Shoreview, Minn. The roadway’s pervious concrete is 7-inches deep, with 18-inches of aggregate underneath.

The undertaking, located near the shores of Lake Owassa, is Minnesota’s largest pervious concrete roadway construction project to date. It will be completed in mid-August.

The city chose pervious concrete for this environmentally sensitive area because of its ability to capture and filter storm water to prevent run-off. Moreover, because it can eliminate the need for storm water retention ponds, pervious concrete contributes to improved land management practices. The neighborhood has no available land for any type of storm water retention pond, making pervious concrete a highly desirable and sustainable solution.

"We’re excited to see the city of Shorewood make a major commitment to pervious concrete and sustainable development,” said Thor Becken, president of Cemstone. “Our company has been an innovator in pervious concrete’s introduction in the Upper Midwest, and this is an excellent opportunity to showcase its many environmental advantages."

Because pervious concrete contains no fine sand, water passes through the concrete matrix thereby promoting the filtration of heavy metals, suspended solids and even petroleum products. Pervious concrete also promotes tree growth, lessens the urban heat island effect and recharges aquifers.

On July 22, a group of more than 100 (including many engineers, architects and city officials) attended an Open House sponsored by the Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota (ARM) to see the placing and finishing of a section of the roadway. The group also witnessed a demonstration of the finished product’s performance when 2,000 gallons of water from a Cemstone ready-mix truck was discharged and disappeared into a previously poured section of project.

The primary concrete contractor is North County Concrete of Ramsey, Minn. “We are one of the most experienced pervious concrete contractors in the region, with more than fifteen pervious projects under our belt. But this is, by far our, largest effort to date,” said Karl Virkus, president of North Country Concrete, Inc. “About three-fourths of our pervious work has been with Cemstone, and we appreciate their knowledgeable staff, commitment to customer support and focus on innovation.”

North Country specializes in placement of curb and gutter, sidewalk, steps, pavement, walls and decorative concrete. As part of its mission to offer green technology, the company started working with pervious concrete in 2007.

Founded in 1927, Cemstone now operates more than 50 ready-mix concrete plants in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa. The company operates a fleet of blue Cemstone ready-mix trucks, offers a complete line of concrete pumping capabilities, engineering services, concrete block, masonry products and is the nation’s largest distributor of Reward® Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) used in the construction of concrete structures.

To learn more about Cemstone products and services, phone 1-800-CEMSTONE or visit www.cemstone.com

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East Range Ready Mix Opens For Business In Northern St. Louis County

New company is joint venture between Cemstone Products and Duluth Ready Mix

Biwabic Plant

East Range Ready Mix serves northern St. Louis County with quality ready-mixed concrete, integrated placing services and unmatched customer service.

Biwabik, Minn. – July 16, 2009 –East Range Ready Mix, a manufacturer of quality ready-mixed concrete for commercial, municipal and residential applications, today officially opened its doors for business.  The company is a joint venture between Cemstone Products Company of the Twin Cities and Duluth Ready Mix of Duluth, Minn.

“We’re excited to launch East Range Ready Mix, and look forward to serving the needs of northern St. Louis County,” said Tim Becken, president of East Range Ready Mix and Cemstone’s senior vice president of operations. “With our combination of trucks and placing equipment, East Range is poised to serve a wide range of building and construction projects with quality ready-mixed concrete.”

East Range operates a concrete batch plant and storage facility located at 1 Industrial Park Drive in Biwabik.  Its service area will encompass the majority of northern St. Louis County, including the cities of Hibbing, Virginia, Eveleth, Tower, Cook and Chisolm.

“Our commitment is to provide a new level of customer service in northern St. Louis County,” said Tim Robertson, plant manager and co-owner of East Range Ready Mix and head of operations at Duluth Ready Mix. “East Range Ready Mix will offer quality ready-mixed concrete, delivered when and where it’s needed.”

East Range operates a fleet of front-discharge and rear discharge ready-mix trucks.  Front discharge trucks feature all-wheel-drive chassis for operating in tight conditions and over rough terrain. The company also offers a line of concrete pumps and conveyors to provide integrated concrete delivery and placement for its customers.

To learn more about East Range Ready Mix, phone 218-865-0275.

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Cemstone Concrete Chosen for Minneapolis’ Marquette & Second Avenue South Transit Project (MARQ2)

Project team selected concrete for environmental benefits and long-term value 

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A Cemstone mixer truck pours concrete on Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Concrete was chosen for its long-term value and environmental benefits.

Mendota Heights, Minn. – June 15, 2009 – Cemstone, an Upper Midwest leader in high performance concrete, engineering services, aggregates, decorative concrete and masonry products, has supplied 15,000 cubic yards of concrete for the Marquette and Second Avenue South transit project (MARQ2) in downtown Minneapolis. The MARQ2 project team initially expected to incorporate asphalt for much of the road surfaces, but selected concrete after an analysis by team members.

"The bid package for MARQ2 was based on completing the general traffic side of the street with full depth asphalt and the transit side of the street with concrete, but included an alternate for an all concrete roadway,” said Bill Fellows P.E., MARQ2 Project Manager for the City of Minneapolis. “We received five bids for the project and, in all cases, the cost of the concrete was within 5% of the asphalt option. In addition to being cost competitive, the concrete will be more durable. Moreover, concrete’s aesthetic benefits make it an important element of the overall streetscape design."

The concrete supplied by Cemstone contains fly ash, a coal combustion byproduct that is often used as an ingredient in concrete to enhance its strength and durability while reducing its carbon footprint. Concrete pavements carry a life expectancy longer than asphalt pavements, require less maintenance and reduce the Urban Heat Island effect.

“We are seeing a shift to concrete as the material of choice for projects like MARQ2 and other infrastructure projects such as ramps and shopping center parking lots,” said Thor Becken, president of Cemstone. “Concrete’s performance and environmental advantages are numerous and significant. Concrete is not petroleum based, is locally sourced and is more price stable than asphalt.”

When fully-completed in December of 2009, the changes to Marquette and Second Avenue will improve bus capacity and bus travel times in downtown and will include: two contra-flow bus lanes, two traffic lanes, wider sidewalks, new streetscape and public art, as well as enhanced pedestrian facilities.

The MARQ2 project, which includes approximately $32 million for street and streetscape construction, was funded through an Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) grant awarded to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) and the Metropolitan Council. This grant, one of five awarded to metropolitan areas in the country, was made to reduce congestion in the Twin Cities region.

Founded in 1927, Cemstone now operates more than 50 ready-mix concrete plants in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa. The company operates a fleet of blue Cemstone ready-mix trucks, offers a complete line concrete pumping capabilities, engineering services, concrete block, masonry products and is the nation’s largest distributor of Reward® Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) used in the construction of concrete structures.

To learn more about Cemstone products and services, phone 1-800-CEMSTONE or visit www.cemstone.com.

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Cemstone Named Reward Wall System “Producer of the Year” for Eighth Year in a Row

Award recognizes Cemstone as top-selling distributor

Reward Award
Reward Wall Systems insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are ideal for both residential and commercial applications, and reduce a structure's carbon footprint.

Mendota Heights, Minn. – May 11, 2009 – Together, Cemstone and Reward Wall Systems, Inc. have built something very impressive: a thriving ICF business in the upper Midwest.  Cemstone has been named the “Producer of the Year” for the eighth consecutive year as the nation’s top distributor of Reward Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) wall systems.

“We’re proud of our long and synergistic relationship with Reward Wall Systems, Inc., and the Reward–Cemstone team who has helped grow the market for ICF-based structures in the upper Midwest,” said Thor Becken, president of Cemstone. “The sustainability, energy savings and quality benefits of building with Reward ICFs make it ideal for a wide range of commercial and residential structures.”
 
Those benefits include:

“Insulating Concrete Forms continue to gain acceptance and market share,” added Becken. “We are convinced that this trend will accelerate as sustainability, energy savings and concern for the environment continue to dominate the landscape.”

Located in Omaha, Neb., Reward Wall Systems, Inc. is the leading manufacturer and distributor of insulating concrete forms used in residential and commercial structures. Reward’s customers include developers, architects, general contractors, residential contractors, and construction supply distributors.

Founded in 1927, Cemstone is an upper Midwest leader in ready-mix, high performance and decorative concrete and masonry products. The company operates more than 50 ready-mix concrete plants in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa.To learn more about Cemstone products and services visit www.cemstone.com.

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