Ready-Mix Rebuild

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Cohron Overhauls Glenwood Concrete Plant

By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

Cohron Ready Mix plant has competed a $1.5 million “ground up” re-build of its Glenwood plant.

The Glenwood plant, located along Vine Street and Railroad Avenue, opened in 1972. This is the first major overhaul at the plant since that original opening, said Steve McCracken, general manager of Cohron Ready Mix.

“It's a completely new facility,” said McCracken.

The re-build started in March and wrapped up this summer under its original $1.7 million budget. They were closed from March 1 to May 1 during construction but have been operating at full capacity since June 1. The ready-mix concrete facility batches concrete into mixer trucks and then delivers within a 30 mile radius. Cohron provided more than 2,500 yards of concrete for the new Glenwood Community High School project, said McCracken.

The new facility means improved production and a greater capacity to meet customer needs.

“We increased the capacity of the plant from 90 to 100 yards an hour to approximately 240 yards an hour,” said McCracken. “We’re capable of doing mainline paving if or when something materializes with the Highway 34 extension. We now have a facility in place that can handle some of that.”

The increased output of the plant means a jump from being able to fill nine or 10 trucks an hour to 24 trucks an hour.

Cohron is a subsidiary of Lyman-Richey Corporation, an Omaha construction company. In addition to the Glenwood plant, Cohron has plants in Council Bluffs and Carson. The Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a luncheon ribbon-cutting at the plant on Thursday.