Wesex Corp.

When Wesex Corp. approaches a new project, it embraces the potential hurdles for the challenges they provide. Take for example a Cleveland-area printing facility expansion project Wesex began in October 2014 with a deadline to finish in June. The 60,000-square-foot addition will double the facility’s size but required the removal of two walls on the production floor while the plant was still operating. The precast concrete Wesex needed was not available in time, so Wesex faced a decision: delay the project, or find a solution that fit the client’s timeline.

Delivering projects on time is one of Wesex’s core philosophies. So the builder, based in West Middlesex, Pa., sought creative alternatives to complete the expansion by deadline. Wesex decided to relocate the two exterior walls to their new location and build temporary walls in their place, allowing crews to install a new roof during a winter that included one of the coldest Februaries on record. Because of that shifting approach, the project remains on schedule and is a testament to Wesex’s willingness to try new ideas to deliver value to customers, according to President and CEO Greg Koledin.

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Delta Constructors

Delta Constructors’ entry into the North Dakota oil boom started in 2012 when the company brought a small crew to the Bakken Shale to perform some electrical work. “There was a high demand for electricians,” says Rick Hyce, vice president of construction. “There were limited electrical resources. We were hooking up the well sites.” It didn’t take long for the company’s presence in North Dakota to grow.

The initial crew composed of a handful of workers and two trucks quickly burgeoned to more than 100 individuals, who performed electrical, mechanical and insulation services as well as installing pump jacks, tank batteries and treater units. It wasn’t long before the company tied in more than 80 well sites, Hyce recalls. Eventually, Delta Constructors had approximately 400 employees on rotation in North Dakota and more than 550 total, Hyce says.

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StructureCast prides itself on its ability to provide customized solutions to its customers’ building challenges. “We’re willing to try any design or use any product,” says Brent Dezember, co-owner and president of the Bakersfield, Calif.-based precast concrete specialist. “We figure out how to get a job done based on the challenges placed in front of us.”

For the company, this has meant working in difficult conditions or changing designs while a project is underway. One example of this occurred two years ago, when StructureCast was retained to place a 20-foot-tall sound wall around turbines in a gas-fired co-generation plant under construction in San Diego County. Three months into the project, the plant’s owners changed the wall’s height to 30 feet, prompting a redesign effort on the part of the company’s design staff.

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Precast Services Inc.

Some contractors focus on many different services, but Precast Services Inc. has achieved success by concentrating completely on precast erection. “[We] chase that scope of work to perfect it and be a leader in it,” President and CEO Bo Kusznir says. 

Based in Twinsburg, Ohio, Precast Services erects components for an array of structures, including parking garages, exterior building façades, athletic stadiums, control towers and prisons. Founders Barry L. Cooper, Charles N. Mayer and James Mirgliotta started the company in 1988.

Today, Precast Services employs approximately 90 workers who can deliver projects more efficiently than their competitors, Kusznir says. “We tend to take on the larger, more complicated projects because of that,” he says.

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Midstate Precast

The adage “location is everything” rings true for Midstate Precast. “Being based in California’s Central Valley allows us to cover the state from a single facility,” says Dave Dieter, president of the Corcoran, Calif.-based specialty contractor, noting the company has completed projects from San Diego to the state’s northern border with Oregon. “Through our one location, we can produce at the most economical price, and in this business, price matters. With the way we’re structured, we can compete in most markets on most types of projects.”

The company designs, manufactures and installs precast concrete building solutions used on a variety of project types including commercial and institutional buildings such as schools, stadiums and correctional facilities as well as civil projects including roads and bridges. All of the precast components built by Midstate Precast are project-specific. “Everything is custom in our world,” Dieter says.

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LAPPCO – Huntley Hospital

Centegra Health System is bringing one of the most modern healthcare facilities in the far northwestern Chicago suburbs with its new Centegra Hospital-Huntley facility in Huntley, Ill. The 360,000-square-foot, 128-bed facility will feature state-of-the-art technology with a design that fosters a patient-centered atmosphere for maximum comfort and wellness. The facility also features an architectural precast concrete exterior that gives the building a unique look. Completing a project like the precast concrete exterior of the building required a contractor with a great deal of experience in architectural precast as well as healthcare projects, and Lombard Architectural Precast Products Company (LAPPCO) certainly fit the bill. 

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Missoula Concrete Construction

Missoula Concrete Construction fabricates precast and pre-stressed concrete for projects such as commercial buildings, bridges, parking structures and EverLogs concrete with a log-cabin vibe. Products are cast onsite at its Montana facility and shipped throughout the United States.

Missoula Concrete Construction is a Precast Concrete Institute (PCI)-certified plant for architectural buildings, bridges and commercial products. “We ship all over the U.S. including to New Hampshire, Louisiana, California and Alaska,” President Douglas Bauer says. “However, most product is produced for the four to five state area around Montana.”

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Milestone Contractors L.P.

At Milestone Contractors L.P., employees depend on each other to get the job done right, President CJ Potts says. “It’s about not letting each other fail,” he declares. “We have to lift each other up to a new level every day.”

Indianapolis-based Milestone provides asphalt paving, asphalt sales, concrete paving, miscellaneous concrete services, underground water, storm and sewer installation, and grading and bridge construction services. Founders Bob Studler and Harry and Oscar Meshberger started the company in 1937 as Meshberger Stone.

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