The year is 1903. In Kitty Hawk, N.C., the Wright brothers are flying their first aircraft. The first World Series is underway between the Boston Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates. And the Great Train Robbery is debuting as the first silent film across the country. That same year, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Montalbine family – five brothers who immigrated to the United States from Italy – is starting Roman Stone Construction Co. Today, 107 years later, Roman Stone is not only still in businesses but thriving in the precast concrete industry.
Are we there yet? It’s a question that anybody traveling with kids on a long-distance car ride has heard many times before. And it’s a question I’ve been hearing all year long from precast concrete manufacturers – only the topic is much more serious. They’re wondering about the economy, the end of the recession and the return to at least some normal level of activity.
Report from NPCA's Sustainability Committee
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Why do employees risk it all? By Randy DeVaul Did you know that for every one […]
Ever since President Obama signed the Healthcare Reform Bill (officially titled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) into law in March, businesses of all sizes and across all industries have been scratching their heads over the slew of new rules, regulations and requirements. Where in the past it was enough to provide a basic health care plan for employees – and, in some cases, it was OK to avoid this step altogether – the detailed new law raises much concern over just what is required of American companies and their workers.
Bonnie Wasson of U.S. Concrete Precast Group in Phoenix, Ariz., and chair of the NPCA Safety, […]
Experienced inspector and engineer explains why it is critical to understand grease interceptor standards and watertightness testing protocols.
As emerging technologies in concrete construction march relentlessly forward and new product and safety standards follow closely behind, precasters can benefit from information available from NPCA’s website to maintain a competitive edge.
Sanders Pre-Cast gets back to basics with customer service and quality.
The National Bureau of Economic Research on Sept. 20 declared that the Great Recession was officially over. In fact, they went so far as to tell us that the recession ended in June 2009. That may be the official word, but based on many conversations I’ve had recently with precasters across the United States, the effects of the two-year decline are still very much with us.
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