For the Team

Workforce safety, input and growth potential carry the day at new Knife River Prestress Division flagship

A new high-bay structure a stone’s throw from the Washington-Idaho border is poised to emerge this decade as the most productive precast, prestressed concrete facility on the West Coast. With nearly 200,000 square feet under roof on a 45-acre site, the Knife River Prestress Division operation in Newman Lake, Wash. is among the largest greenfield facility investments in the 32-year history of Bismarck, N.D. parent Knife River Corp.

Principal equipment or machine suppliers on the Newman Lake operation are American GeoThermal, EMH Inc., Helser Industries, Kraft Curing Systems, Matec America, MCT Group, Sicoma North America, and Ultra Span Technologies.

Match-Cure Quality Control System

Glycol circulates from the main Kraft ThermalCure unit through pipes in panel and girder production bay trenches and beds. The flowing compound offers marked energy savings when measured against conventional steam curing. Knife River Prestress also enlisted Kraft Curing System for its Match-Cure technology, whose precise measurement of strength development optimizes panel, girder or element curing and form stripping cycles.