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CEI Fusion™ Hybrid-Process Ready Mix Plant installed in Smith Center, Kansas, at Fusion Concrete Products.
CEI Fusion™ Hybrid-Process Ready Mix Plant installed in Smith Center, Kansas, at Fusion Concrete Products.

Meet John Franklin. Over the years, he has grown his contracting business by doing a wide variety of work for folks in his hometown of Smith Center, Kansas. 

When John started contemplating getting into the concrete business, he had the opportunity to buy out a local company with three aging, but functional plants. Before making a final decision, he and his dad decided to attend the World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas in 2016, just to see what was available. That’s where the Franklins encountered CEI.

At that time, CEI had just unveiled its new Fusion™ Hybrid-Process Ready Mix Plant. The Fusion plant combines precision aggregate blending technology with traditional cement metering to create a hybrid process that yields better, more consistent concrete.

Dave DeFeo was a veteran of the ready-mix concrete business before he joined CEI. He and the Franklins struck up a conversation in Las Vegas that continued with DeFeo visiting Kansas to help them assess the value of the used plants they were considering.

“At that time, we weren’t really considering buying the CEI plant,” John admitted. “However, we began to weigh the costs of repair and maintenance for several aging plants, versus buying one new, cutting-edge plant.”

In the fall of 2016, the Franklins visited Albuquerque, New Mexico, to see Dave demo a fully operational Fusion plant at the CEI facility. They wound up buying it. The Franklins have decided to name their new concrete business “Fusion Concrete Products.”

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