Volume 6, Issue 4
Tullytown, PA Facility Adds New Batch Plant
The Tullytown facility annually produces over 100,000 tons of precast concrete with two batch plants. As the facility grew and more production buildings were added, the fresh concrete mix had to be transported longer and longer distances to reach the final pouring destination. The newest production building, added in 1998, is approximately one fifth of a mile from the nearest batch plant.
A new Mixer Systems® Batch Plant, made in Pewaukee, Wisconsin is being added to this building. The entire system came pre-assembled and consists of a 2-yard paddle mixer, two twenty ton aggregate bins, pocket belt conveyor and computerized batch controls.
The addition of this new batch system will not only make this building more productive, but help balance the entire facility. The system will also provide dry-cast mix for the production of additional grade rings and drop collars currently produced at our other facilities.
Volume 6, Issue 3
Our Maryland facility has recently supplied a new product line to a large job in Baltimore County. The double s combination inlet was supplied with one 15” RCP A-LOK and a monolithic precast invert. Baltimore County has recently approved this structure on a per job basis. The contractor can now set the structure then immediately backfill and move on down the line. When making the structure the contractor can receive the product in the same time frame as a structure without an invert because it is poured monolithically with the inlet.
|This is the way most inlets are set then pipe is mortared in. A few days later the structure is backfilled. When the weather cooperates the invert is then put in by a brick layer.
|Setting, backfilling and completing the procedure in one step; this is more efficient for the contractor, while providing the same finished product.
Volume 6, Issue 2
On September 26th, 2005, our facility in Sarasota, Florida hosted a plant tour for the NPCA members who attended the Industry Outlook Conference. Several groups were escorted to see such displays as dura-plate liner set up and the pouring of Self-Consolidating Concrete. Representatives of other Atlantic facilities along with A-LOK Products helped make this event a great success.
Volume 6, Issue 1
Jim Westhoff presented with the 2004 Robert E. Yoakum Award
The philosophy and work ethics of our founders, Joe Westhoff and Jack Ditcher, run strong throughout our entire organization. Upon receiving the Robert E. Yoakum Award during this year’s National Precast Concrete Association Convention (NPCA), Jim Westhoff joined a group of elite precasters whose elite innovation, dedication and leadership have positively shaped our industry. The honor has been given to only 38 individuals, most of whom have been precasters. To date, only four non-producing members have received this prestigious recognition. Representing A-LOK Products as an associate member of NPCA, makes Jim’s achievement even more outstanding.
Jim was surrounded by his family during this convention as they announced the winner of the Yoakum Award. Jim’s family, along with the members of A-LOK and ATLANTIC, listened with great pride as the industry applauded and honored Jim for his years of dedication and hard work.
The NPCA, voice of the industry, had this to say about Jim: “On the business front, he is considered the ultimate professional. As one of his longtime colleagues says, ‘Whether you ask customers or competitors, I think you’ll find they find Jim in high regard and hold A-LOK to the highest standards.’
He is known as someone who pays attention to details and is always looking for ways to grow the business to provide opportunities for the next generation of family members and the more than 400 employees of A-LOK and ATLANTIC. Respected business executive, industry leader, family man, passionate golfer. Jim Westhoff is all of these and more.”
All employees of A-LOK and ATLANTIC can be proud to be an integral part of a company whose reputation ranks among the highest in our industry. Congratulations Jim on being honored and recognized for your accomplishments.