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Jun 17, 2019
1 Priority Environmental Services spearheads abatement effort at former Vought Aircraft plant 1 Priority Environmental Services announces it is tackling asbestos mitigation efforts at the former Vought Aircraft plant in Grand Prairie, Texas. Fort Worth, Texas-based 1 Priority Environmental Services , which recently merged with Denver-based Earth Services & Abatement , announces it is tackling asbestos mitigation efforts at the former Vought Aircraft plant in Grand Prairie, Texas. Vought is under abatement and demolition to make way for what will be Home Depot’s largest lease and distribution facility, which is slated to occupy two million square feet of the 315-acre site. The $2 million abatement effort began in 2017, and Missouri-based Northpoint Development is the project owner. Vought occupied the aircraft plant near Dallas from 1940-2012. According to 1 Priority CEO Gary Caldwell, “The site, now called Dallas Global Industrial Center, was first built for armament construction for World War II. The plant was home to the construction of historic military planes such as the B-1 bomber, F-22 Raptor, and parts for commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and 777 over the course of its 72-year stay. At its prime, the plant employed over 29,000 people. “Although this is our first collaboration with Northpoint Development, 1 Priority and its owners have performed asbestos abatement, mold remediation and hazardous dust decontamination work at this facility since the early 1990s when it was owned by LTV, Vought Aircraft and Triumph Aircraft. Our record of work here made this massive, $2 million abatement project a natural progression.” According to Heath Watson, executive vice president of field operations for 1 Priority, current abatement work includes the removal of asbestos-containing materials from up to 157 buildings that were previously used for offices, manufacturing, storage and hangars. “This is a huge project, demanding a lot of coordination among various contractors,” Watson says. “The owner, Northpoint Development, gave us the sequence of the buildings to abate, and our crews are moving through one building at a time to allow for the demolition contractors and reclamation crews to get in as soon as they can to the abated building as we move on to the next. All work is being performed in a fast-track manner to meet the construction schedule. There are only so many ants you can have on the hill at one time, and depending on the building being abated, 1 Priority will have anywhere between 10 and 40 crew members working at one time.” 1 Priority has currently abated the asbestos from 83 of the 157 buildings on the campus and is slated to abate the balance before the end of 2020. Kormann Rockster Recycler GmbH (Rockster), an Ennsdorf, Austria-based mobile crushing and screening machinery manufacturer, announces it is expanding to a new 107,639-square-foot property in Neumarkt im Mühlkreis, Austria, that will serve as its headquarters. "Standstill means regression,” Rockster CEO Wolfgang Kormann says. “Continuous development is not only essential in the construction of our machinery, but also the infrastructure has to be adapted according to the innovations and an increased demand.” Since its founding in 2004, Rockster has developed two patented systems for mobile crushers and expanded its distribution network worldwide. The establishment of a new head office in a 75,347-square-foot warehouse in Ennsdorf in 2008, as well as founding of the subsidiaries Rockster North America, Rockster China and Rockster Germany between 2013 and 2016 have been enormous development steps, says the company. The new headquarters in the municipality of Neumarkt was acquired in January to double the company’s production capacity, Rockster says. As part of the relocation, the company name Kormann Rockster Recycler GmbH has been changed to Rockster Austria International GmbH. Additionally, Rockster plans on hiring up to 20 new employees. Kormann says he expects the relocation to offer improved growth potential due to the availability of a larger space and offer the same development when it comes to employees. "One of the main reasons for investing in this part of Austria was the experience with employees that are from this very region,” Kormann says. “They are known as loyal and diligent people with a positive attitude. In addition, I think it will be better to decentralize companies in the future, as the quality of life of employees will increase, thanks to better work-life balance. We want to create a modern production location where our employees feel … comfortable." LBX opens Customer Experience Center The 23,000-square-foot center opened in Lexington, Kentucky. LBX Company LLC , Lexington,Kentucky, hosted a grand opening for its new Customer Experience Center June13. The facility is located on 25 acres in Citation Business Park on RemingtonWay in Lexington, Kentucky. Company officials say the operation willaccommodate customer experience programs, including dealer training, productdemonstrations and community events. “Today marks the culmination ofa vision that started several years ago,” says Eric Sauvage, president and CEOof LBX. “A vision to better support our dealers, our customers, our employeesand our community with our state-of-the-art 23,000-square-foot LBX CustomerExperience Center. We are all very excited, and already have a full calendarfor the 2019 usage of our new facility with product and service training,customer demonstration days, clinic tests and philanthropy events.” Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton,State Sen. Ralph Alvarado of Winchester, State Rep. George Brown, Jr., alongwith other business leaders attended the grand opening, LBX reports in a newsrelease. Bob Quick, president & CEO of Commerce Lexington, emceed the event. LBX Company LLC makes Link-Belthydraulic excavators, scrap material handlers, demolition equipment andforestry equipment. Waste hauler, construction company shut down after allegations of murder cover-up New York City’s Business Integrity Commission voted unanimously not to renew the license of hauler Flag Container Services and its affiliated construction company, Formica Construction, following allegations of a murder cover-up. New York City’s Business Integrity Commission , which regulates the city’s waste management industry, voted unanimously not to renew the license of Staten Island, New York-based hauler Flag Container Services and its affiliated construction company, Formica Construction, following allegations of a murder cover-up, The New York Daily News reports . The loss of licensure is expected to take effect June 26. The commission noted that the loss of licensure stems from William Formica, who is a principal of the companies in question, lying during the renewal process, being indicted for his roll in a murder investigation, and unsafe behavior and misconduct displayed on the job by the companies he oversaw. Formica was arrested in January for allegations that he helped cover up the 2018 murder of Michael Stewart, an area construction worker, who was reportedly stabbed to death by Angelo Nesimi in Nesimi’s apartment. Formica was the landlord of the complex Nesimi lived in, and police say that Formica helped Nesimi remove evidence from the apartment. Subsequently, Formica was charged with felony drug possession, tampering with physical evidence and criminal nuisance. The trial is ongoing. Formica had previously faced fines for “willfully disregard[ing] demolition safety protocols,” which led to the death of one of the company’s contractors during the demolition of an area car dealership. The Aurora, Illinois-based contractor faces penalties totaling $196,905 for one serious and two willful safety violations. In November 2018, OSHA inspectors observed employees working without adequate fall protection. The company was also cited for failing to train employees on fall protection and safe forklift operations. Since 2013, OSHA has cited companies owned by Rodriguez for fall violations 12 times. The contractor owes more than $797,000 in outstanding penalties, which OSHA has referred to the U.S. Department of Treasury for debt collection. “This employer continues to expose employees to fall hazards ? the leading cause of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry,” says OSHA Naperville Area Office Director Jacob Scott. “Employers must comply with federal safety requirements and ensure that employees are adequately protected from, and trained on, hazards that exist at their worksites.” The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission .