“Ready mix concrete in our market is no longer some universal commodity that can be delivered in the same manner by all producers and all of the batch plants of yesteryear,” says Chris Heilmann, Vice President of Sales for National Ready Mix.“Codes from The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) have seen revisions in recent years requiring significant advancements in our product, boosting the performance and strength of cast-in-place concrete in these structures. The code and current specifications we're seeing require a combination of materials, not always local and a batching facility that has the capacity to stock these materials to meet new specifications.”
Custom-built for high production, the all-new twin batch plant is capable of producing 400+ yards of concrete an hour. “That extremely high rate of production is particularly important to meet delivery requirements for downtown projects,” says Heilmann.
“Our customers are expected to safely perform and deliver under unprecedented project schedules so they need a ready mix partner that has the production capacity to meet their demanding schedules.”
“This new plant can batch at high production, full blown capacity with a variety of different materials,” say Steve Lode, President of National Ready Mix. “That means we have the ability to batch one-off specialty aggregate, specialty cementitious materials without having to shut down, drain bins, and bring in new materials.”
"What really offers the uniqueness of this plant from the batching standpoint is we have the ability to batch the one-off specialty aggregate, specialty cementitious materials without having to shut down, drain bins, bring in new materials.
"We can batch at high production, full blown capacity with a variety of different materials."
Buildings for the downtown market are designed around strict Modulus of Elasticity construction requirements that add additional complexity to a project. “This has really increased over the last couple of years,” says Lode.
“With the import aggregates that are now available in the market, we have the opportunity to reach these higher MOE targets the same time we're batching our standard or traditional concrete mixes.”
One of those unique specialty aggregates is Orca Rock, an imported material with a higher specific gravity that comes out of British Columbia. Since 2007, this high-quality aggregate has rapidly gained acceptance for infrastructure projects across California. Engineers like the hard, dense material for its uniformity and its average 2.88 specific gravity.
Designer Scott Humphrey is also proud of the operation's capabilities. "It's all about flexibility and future mix designs that have yet to be engineered," he says.
The Vernon, California operation is positioned just minutes from downtown LA. “The location of the plant is right where all the major building activity is going on in the Los Angeles area,” says Steve Wise, President of National Cement of California.
“We can hit, obviously, downtown LA and then some of the areas around LA; Korea Town, East Hollywood, all the areas where you see a lot of building going on."
"The high production capacity of the plant will allow us to do very large projects in the downtown and central areas of LA County. That's what we're most excited about.”
To order concrete from the Vernon plant please call: (323) 923-4466. For further information and to request a quote to deliver to your project, please contact your National Ready Mix sales representative or call 626-358-9690 ext. 101.