Cherry picked…

Texan demolition company acquired.

Arcosa, Inc, a provider of infrastructure-related products and solutions, has announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Cherry Industries, Inc. and affiliated entities for $298 million.

Cherry is a leading producer of natural and recycled aggregates in the Houston, Texas market. For the twelve-month period ended September 30, 2019, Cherry had revenues of approximately $176 million and EBITDA of approximately $37 million.

Established in 1952, Cherry has developed a unique platform of mines, processing facilities, and services across the Houston area to offer a range of construction materials to customers. It serves diverse infrastructure markets, including highway, industrial, commercial, and residential markets, and also provides concrete demolition services, primarily to secure raw material for recycled aggregates.

Cherry adds 12 Houston locations to Arcosa’s existing 19 active aggregate and specialty materials locations in Texas, building out Arcosa’s footprint in a key Texas market with healthy population growth, major highway investments, and positive private demand drivers.

“We are very excited about this acquisition. The transaction is aligned with our strategic plan, accelerating the growth of our high-value Construction Products segment and enhancing our geographic position within Texas. Cherry’s unique platform will provide additional organic and acquisition growth opportunities in Houston and adjacent markets in Texas and the Gulf Coast. Cherry’s unique business model of offering aggregates in combination with recycled aggregates represents an opportunity for Arcosa to replicate in other regions,” says Arcosa president Antonio Carrillo. “Additionally, the acquisition gives us an immediate leadership position in recycled aggregates, a growing product category due to resource scarcity and ESG benefits. Recycling aggregates decreases landfill use and improves air quality by reducing haul distances and energy consumption. Cherry is the largest recycled aggregates company in the country, and we look forward to building on Cherry’s leadership position.”

Read more here.

A source of prIDE…

World’s first Masters of Science in Demolition Management graduate.

The long-held hopes and aspirations of the Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE) came to fruition today when seven individuals graduated as Master of Science in Demolition Management at the end of a course devised by the Institute and delivered at the University of Wolverhampton.

Those seven individuals are Matthew Bardgett, Matthew Browne, David Gauja, Robin Powell, Davinder Singh Reehal, George Robinson, and Patricia Sloneczny.

At a glittering graduation ceremony, the “Magnificent Seven” were described by University of Wolverhampton vice-chancellor Professor Geoff Layer as “the leaders of the future”.

The graduation is the culmination of several years of study by the seven individuals; and it is the realisation of a dream the IDE has pursued for more than 12 years. Speaking at the event, Dr Terry Quarmby – until now the only demolition academic – said that the concept of a demolition degree was spawned during the presidency of the late David Ross Turner. “if you had told me 12 years ago that we would be stood here celebrating the first graduates, I would have laughed,” he says.

It was fitting that Quarmby was joined on stage for the graduation by John Woodward who succeeded Quarmby as IDE president and continied the campaign for a recognised demolition degree; and by current IDE vice-president Richard Dolman who will take up the IDE educational mantle next year.

Full report in the next edition of the Demolition magazine.

Hiroshima buildings face demolition…

They survived the blast but now face the axe.

The Japanese city of Hiroshima plans to knock down two buildings that survived the 1945 atomic bomb – but some locals want them preserved as landmarks.

The two blocks – built in 1913 – were first used as a military clothing factory, and later as university student accommodation.

They were also used as a makeshift hospital after the bomb itself.

“They could be used as facilities toward (promoting) the abolition of nuclear weapons,” said one survivor.

Around 80,000 people were killed as a direct result of the bomb, and another 35,000 were injured.

The attack flattened most of the city, and – as of last year – only 85 buildings built before the bomb remained within five kilometres of “ground zero”.

The blocks survived, at least partly because they were made from reinforced concrete. Some bomb damage to the metal windows and doors is still visible.

In 2017, authorities found the structures – now publicly-owned – were highly likely to collapse in a strong earthquake.

Read more here.

DemolitionNews Survey…

One question to clarify your fears and concerns for the year ahead.

Through a mix of political turmoil and economic uncertainty, it seems likely that 2020 will prove to be a challenging year for many within the demolition industry. But what will the key challenges be?

We have devised a very simple, one question survey to allow you to voice your specific concerns. Assuming that we can get a reasonable degree of response, we will publish the findings of this survey at the beginning of 2020. It might not help address or overcome any of the challenges faced, but it might just show that you’re not alone in your fears and concerns.

So please take 10 seconds and fill out the survey below:

Littlebrook latest…

215 metre chimney dropped in controlled blast.

Brown and Mason’s ongoing demolition at the Littlebrook Power Station on the banks of the River Thames at Dartford in Kent continued this weekend.

A controlled implosion was used to demolish a 215 metre tall chimney:

Acrophobia AND arachnophobia…

If you can’t deal with heights or spiders, look away now.

We posted the following video over on our Instagram feed at the weekend and it has quickly racked up more than 80,000 views and more than 160,000 impressions in just a few days.

Based on that surge in popularity, we thought you might like to see the film for yourselves in its entirety:

Detroit power plant downed…

Blast clears way for new car plant.

DTE Energy demolished the old Conners Creek Power Plant in Detroit earlier today.

The plant was on a piece of the land exchange made with the city to make room for a new Fiat Chrysler plant.

Demolition Directory 2020

The industry’s most eagerly-awaited publication is HERE.

On the face of it, it is a listing of all the UK demolition contractors worth their salt. But delve deeper and you will see it’s WAY more than that.

This forward-focused publication looks in depth at the possible replacements for diesel fuel; the likely impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things on the wider demolition sector.

This is a publication that you will want to bookmark and to read again and again.

Playing by Aussie Rules…

South Australia football stadium falls to McMahon might.

Football Park, formerly the largest stadium in South Australia, is coming down. The stadium, which opened in 1974, was primarily used for Australian Football League matches up until 2013 and had a capacity of over 51,000. The stadium was the headquarters for the league from 1974–2013 as well as being home to the West Adelaide Football Club.

But the stadium has been demolished by McMahon Services during a 10-month, 38,000 man-hour demolition contract. This superb new video captures the best of the action.

Cypriot solution sought

RVA appointed to oversee dismantling of Cypriot power station

Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) has awarded RVA Group a consultancy services contract for Moni Power Station (MPS) dismantling and associated works. MPS is located on the south coast of the island of Cyprus, approximately 14 km east from Limassol. It started operation in the mid-1960s and was taken out of commercial operation in 2013.

The consultancy services will include the provision of independent expert support to EAC during the planning and preparations phase, confirming the demolition contractor’s scope of work and developing contract and technical specifications.

The major items for dismantling/demolishing include six 30 MW steam/heavy fuel oil-fired turbine/boiler generating units and all their ancillary equipment including all pipework; six chimneys; the fuel oil pump house; and the 66/132KV Switchyard.

An international tender procedure for the selection of a dismantling demolition contractor for a turnkey project, is envisaged to be issued in February 2020 and the contract award is expected to take place in October of the same year.