PITTSBURGH, June 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pittsburgh, PA-based L.B. Foster Company (Nasdaq:FSTR) has been awarded a contract by the Walsh-Granite Joint Venture, to provide permanent metal bridge deck forms for use in the repair or replacement of over 400 structurally deficient bridges throughout the State of Pennsylvania. This public-private partnership was created by the State as an innovative funding program to address the rehabilitation of bridges primarily on suburban and rural Pennsylvania highways.
L.B. Foster's recent capital investment and resource allocation toward this product line position it well to support this very important project and to further expand its role in improving our nation's transportation infrastructure. The use of L.B. Foster permanent metal deck forms for this unique and critical bridge rehabilitation program facilitates key objectives of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project initiative,” said Chris Davis, L.B. Foster Fabricated Bridge Products Sales Manager. L.B. Foster’s bridge deck forms are produced at the company's Bedford, PA plant and are ideal for permanent application on bridge projects where quick and cost-effective installation processes are required.
The State of Pennsylvania’s public-private approach is designed to expedite the redevelopment of unsafe bridges, lessen construction costs and minimize the impact of highway closures. The use of permanent metal deck forms is an efficient approach to bridge deck construction and will help to support the program’s goals. L.B. Foster corrugated forms are custom fabricated to individual bridge specifications and can be incorporated with pre-stressed concrete beams, built-up girders or steel beam bridges.
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pittsburgh, PA-based L.B. Foster Company (NASDAQ: FSTR) has begun delivery of their largest contract for steel grid bridge decking with the rehabilitation of the New York State Bridge Authority's Newburgh-Beacon span. The fabricator is providing 430,000 sq. ft. of new deck to KiSKA Construction, Inc. for the replacement of the original 1980 roadway on the twin bridges' southern span connecting Orange and Dutchess counties.
L.B. Foster worked closely with engineering consultants, Ammann & Whitney of New York City, to design ready-to-install steel fabricated and precast panels sized for specific roadway placement. "The custom engineered panels are fabricated to exacting specifications to expedite installation and lessen traffic disruption on the busy span," said Don Foster, Senior Vice President, L.B. Foster Construction Products Group. The innovative steel fabrication reinforces precast concrete to form a composite material that improves the strength-to-weight ratio and adds integrity to the structure.
The material is being manufactured at the L.B. Foster Fabricated Bridge Products plant in Bedford, Pennsylvania. The Newburgh-Beacon project has helped to add a substantial production backlog to the facility's manufacturing schedule.
Shipments to the New York jobsite are being staged to minimize traffic closures and accommodate a night work schedule. The 32 year old bridge carries more than 25 million vehicles each year across the Hudson River on Interstate 84 between the cities of Newburgh and Beacon. L.B. Foster has provided steel grid decking for other critical New York City landmark spans, including the Manhattan Bridge and the raised approaches to the famed Brooklyn Bridge.
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- L.B. Foster Company (NASDAQ: FSTR) announced today the completion of the sale of Precise Structural Products to Cianbro Fabrication and Coating Corporation. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Precise Structural Products is engaged in manufacturing fabricated steel products for the highway, bridge, transit and construction markets and providing custom fabrication and related services including welding, sawing, cambering, blasting and painting.
Commenting on the announcement, L.B. Foster Senior Vice President, Construction Products, Don Foster, stated, "We are pleased for our employees, customers and community, that Cianbro Fabrication and Coating Corporation, a respected name in the industry will be operating Precise in the future. This sale coupled with our 2010 purchase of the Interlocking Deck System positively addresses the L.B. Foster Company Fabricated Bridge Products portfolio strategy. This will allow us to concentrate on our industry leading position in the Bridge market with our fabricated steel grid decking solutions."
PITTSBURGH, PA, September 20, 2011 — Pittsburgh, PA-based L.B. Foster Company's (NASDAQ: FSTR) Fabricated Bridge Products facility in Bedford, PA has completed delivery of 37,000 sq ft of galvanized steel grid deck for the rehabilitation of the roadway on Western Pennsylvania's Boston Bridge. L.B. Foster also provided 17,000 sq ft of galvanized walkway deck for the bridge over the Youghiogheny River located between Versailles and Elizabeth Township in Allegheny County. Each deck panel was uniquely designed for specific roadway and sidewalk placement on the 80 year old bridge.
L.B. Foster worked closely with Young Galvanizing, Inc. of Pulski, PA, to coat the deck units and ship them in a specific sequence for efficient installation. Mike Little of Pittsburgh's Trumbull Corporation, the general contractor on the project, complimented the L.B. Foster project management team for their ability to coordinate and maintain the expedited delivery schedule. "Our team kept contact with the material from initial fabrication through delivery to assure product integrity and timely rehabilitation of this critical span," said John Stewart, L.B. Foster Construction Products Sales Representative. The steel grid decking was shipped ready to install and has minimized the closure of the busy 1,182 foot bridge.
L.B. Foster's fabricated steel deck is ideal for roadway and sidewalk replacement on spans where a high strength to weight ratio is required. "Our steel grid decking reinforces concrete to form a lighter weight composite material that provides lasting durability and great value," noted Mike Riley, Marketing Manager of L.B. Foster's Fabricated Bridge Products group.
The Boston Bridge roadway replacement project is scheduled for completion in late 2011.
PITTSBURGH, PA, February 3, 2011 — Pittsburgh, PA-based L.B. Foster Company (Nasdaq: FSTR) has received a $13 million award from general contractor American Bridge Company, headquartered in Coraopolis, PA, to supply steel grid decking and galvanized drainage grating for the Walt Whitman Bridge Suspension Span & Anchorages Project. "The bridge's original roadway will be replaced with L.B. Foster's custom engineered steel grid decking. This innovative technology will help enhance the structural integrity of the Delaware River span with the new deck's improved strength-to-weight ratio versus the existing concrete slab," noted John Stewart, L.B. Foster Construction Products Sales Representative.
The deck's unique steel fabrication reinforces the concrete to form a composite material that takes advantage of the best properties of both the concrete and steel. "Our prefabricated steel grid decking also expedites roadway replacement and lowers costs by minimizing installation schedules," said Don Foster, Senior Vice President, L.B. Foster Construction Products. Ready-to-install panels will be fabricated and sized for specific roadway placement to lessen traffic disruption on the busy span.
The material will be manufactured at L.B. Foster's Fabricated Bridge Products facility in Bedford, PA. The first of seven roadway replacement stages will begin in May 2011 and be timed to meet tight project scheduling throughout the next 12 months.
The Delaware River Port Authority's Walt Whitman Bridge is an 11,981 foot suspension span that links Philadelphia with Gloucester City, New Jersey.
PITTSBURGH, PA, January 21, 2010 — L.B. Foster Company (NASDAQ: FSTR) of Pittsburgh, PA is supplying the City of New York Department of Transportation with 10,000 sq. ft. of steel grid decking to replace the aging roadway of the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge over Newtown Creek. L.B. Foster will also provide 2,500 sq. ft. of 7 ft. wide decking for the drawbridge’s sidewalks. The decking will be manufactured at L.B. Foster’s Fabricated Bridge Products facility in Bedford, PA and delivered ready to install with concrete precasted into the panels. “The grid decking reinforces the precast concrete to form a composite material that takes advantage of the best properties of both the concrete and steel,” noted Mike Riley, Sales and Marketing Manager of L.B. Foster’s Fabricated Bridge Products group.
This City of New York DOT bridge rehabilitation project is being funded with stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Judlau Contracting, Inc. of College Point, NY is the project general contractor. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in June 2010 and complete by August 30, 2010.
The Greenpoint Avenue Bridge is a double-leaf trunnion bascule drawbridge that crosses Newtown Creek to link Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Blissville, Queens. The bridge was originally designed by the world-class engineering firm of Hardesty & Hanover and awarded an American Institute of Steel Construction Award in 1991.
PITTSBURGH, PA, September 28, 2010 — L.B. Foster Company (Nasdaq: FSTR) of Pittsburgh, PA is providing new roadway decking and bridge railing for the Brooklyn and Manhattan approach ramps to the famed Brooklyn Bridge. The $10 million contract will include more than 170,000 square feet of steel grid deck and 13,000 linear feet of steel railing. These fabricated materials are being manufactured at L.B. Foster's Bedford, PA facility and expect to complete shipments by the end of 2011.
The New York City Department of Transportation has installed steel grid decking systems on many area projects including the famed Manhattan Bridge. "Steel grid decking offers efficient installation, long-term performance and low life cycle costs over competing products," noted Don Foster, Senior Vice President, L.B. Foster Construction Products. The grid decking reinforces the precast concrete to form a composite material that takes advantage of the best properties of both the concrete and steel. Concrete will be precast into these complex panels by a separate supplier and the the panels will be shipped to the site ready to install.
The city of New York is relying on stimulus resources from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to partially fund this contract. The project's general contractor, Skanska, is painting the bridge's main span as well as retrofitting and widening the approach ramps and replacing railings. L.B. Foster is working closely with Skanska to deliver fabricated steel bridge materials within a critical time frame to minimize disruptions to traffic. "L.B. Foster always comes through for Skanska with high quality bridge products that are delivered on time and to our demanding specifications," said Stephen Koch, Executive Vice President of Skanska.
PITTSBURGH, PA, October 15, 2009 — L.B. Foster Company (NASDAQ: FSTR) of Pittsburgh, PA has been awarded an $8.5 million contract to supply general contractor John B. Fay Company with 380,000 sq. ft. of steel grid decking for use on Maryland’s landmark Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge. The new concrete filled steel deck will replace the original bridge decking of the 70 year old Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) span.
The first shipments of fabricated steel decking were transported from L.B. Foster’s Bedford, PA facility to the US 40 Susquehanna River bridge in the early months of 2009. Approximately 140 truckloads will deliver a total of 1600 unique grid panels by late 2010. The Fay Company and L.B. Foster designed each panel to exacting specifications and uniquely sequenced them to correspond to surrounding deck units. “The L.B. Foster Fab Products team worked closely with Fay to establish the performance criteria required to incorporate real efficiency into this project,” said Mike Riley, Sales and Marketing Manager of Fabricated Bridge Products, L.B. Foster Company.
“Our strategic relationship with the project engineers, contractor and bridge agency allowed each of us to add our unique experience to this project,” noted Tim Pace, General Manager of Fabricated Bridge Products, L.B. Foster Company.