Concrete Products

APR 2012

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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FEATURE PIPE MACHINERY Quebec Concrete Pipe all in for automation BATCH PLANT PHOTOS: Advanced Concrete Technologies Changes in Quebec's concrete pipe mar- ket and production practices, coupled with an owner's long-standing ambi- tion, have prompted Lecuyer Group to return to a business segment it had abandoned during a major manufactur- ing technology shift decades ago. "We saw that many [area] pipe pro- ducers were using older equipment and labor-intensive processes, and believed the time was right for a completely au- tomated plant in Canada, which could produce the right types of [product] at the lowest possible cost," says Antonio WWW.CONCRETEPRODUCTS.COM Tavares, president of Lecuyer Ltd. in Saint-RĂ©mi, south of Montreal. Founded in 1956 by the father of Lecuyer Group CEO Maurice Lecuyer, Lecuyer Concrete launched as a small family-run business producing wet- cast catch basins, manholes and small diameter concrete pipe. Dry cast pipe manufacturing soon took over the market and Lecuyer Concrete aban- doned wet cast pipe to focus on other precast drainage products. After becoming president of the family business in 1969, Maurice Lecuyer would oversee introduction of many new product lines, including utility vaults, Easi-set and Easi-span precast utility buildings, and Storm- ceptor storm drain systems, while es- tablishing satellite production and expanded market footprint. A desire to return to the company's roots in pipe loomed amid pursuit of speciality drainage and utility structures busi- nesses. "Mr. Lecuyer has been think- ing about and researching every aspect of pipe production for at least the past 10-15 years," affirms Tavares. APRIL 2012 | 25

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