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Greiner Advanced Manufacturing Center

The Greiner Advanced Manufacturing Center at Thaddeus Stevens College of Techology in Lancaster, PA, was recently completed and feaures our
Titan Series® units in a custom color on the exterior, and our Gemstone Plus® units in White in the interior. The official opening of the building will be Fall 2019.

The educational focus at this campus includes:

  • Computer Integrated Machining
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration
  • Metals Fabrication
  • Welding Technology

New Frederick Masonry Plant Now Open

Effective Monday, May 6, our Frederick masonry plant has moved to our new plant located at 4126 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD 21704.  Our phone number remains the same. 

American Flag Flown Over the 9/11 Memorial in New York City to Hang in Cockeysville, MD, Facility

An American flag that has flown over the 9/11 Memorial in New York City has been hung in YBP’s newly renovated production facility in Cockeysville, MD, to honor and respect the lives lost on that fateful day. Plant employees appreciate what it stands for, and are proud to have it hanging in the plant. The flag was purchased by Cockeysville plant manager, Doug Gruber, and came with a Certificate of Authenticity.

SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Masonry Competition

For over 15 years, York Building Products has been providing concrete block to the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Masonry Competition. The event, held at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center, is a hands-on competition among PA vo-tech masonry students. Other trades that compete are carpentry, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and computer sciences.

This year, 13 masonry students participated in the event.

Masonry Construction Job Fair

On Wednesday, March 13, Rick Miller and Doug Sheaffer represented York Building Products at the Masonry Construction Job Fair and Industry Advisory Committee meeting at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. The event was held at the college’s Masonry Construction lab. 

Industry representatives were able to see the Masonry Construction hands-on labs and some of the projects the students are working on. They also met with 1st and 2nd year students looking to make connections for careers after graduation and for internships over the summer. Rick and Doug also participated in the spring Industry Advisory Committee meeting (a discussion with technical faculty and other industry representatives about current trends in the industry and curriculum changes).

Rosetta Outcropping Wall


Rosetta Outcropping Wall is a great choice when you have a site retaining wall that must provide appealing aesthetics. This wetcast big block system is colored at the plant (through body pigmentation) to provide beautiful weathered stone textures. It consists of 14 different pieces that are 18″ deep and assembled in predetermined patterns and percentages. The design software provides a color coded wall profile so that the contractor can easily install everything to create the desired wall dimensions. Gravity walls can typically be built to 5′ tall (depending upon soils and loading conditions) and taller walls can be engineered with geogrid reinforcing or stabilized aggregate backfill. The units interlock to create an extremely strong structure, while the consistent dimensions allow very fast installation in the field. The uses and configurations are limitless- from minor grade changes on a residential project to a massive reinforced wall on a commercial job. Keep it in mind for next wall project where your client has a highly visible wall that needs to look really nice.

York Building Products Receives PCMA Platinum Safety Awards

On Thursday 1/17/19, York Building Products was honored with recognition for plant safety at the annual PCMA Membership Dinner. YBP received six Platinum Safety Awards for Zero Recordable Injuries at the following plants:

  • Loucks Mill Plant
  • Middletown Plant
  • Thomasville Specialty Plant
  • New Holland Plant
  • Lintel Plant
  • WORKRITE Plant

Congratulations to our fantastic plant personnel who, due to their daily focus on safety, have rightfully earned this honor.

York Building Products Supports Another Eagle Scout Project

Boy Scout Evan Cashman from Lake Meade Troup 88 in East Berlin, PA, chose to build a retaining wall at the East Berlin Community Park for his Eagle Scout project. The retaining wall would surround a large flower bed and illuminated flag pole.

After approval was given by the park board, Evan then needed to acquire the material and provide the labor to complete the project.

Park Board member, Doug Sheaffer of York Building Products, offered to help. After a few meetings with Evan and his father Rick, York Building Products donated the Keystone Retaining Wall block to build the 15’ x 15’ square retaining wall around the flower bed and flag pole.

Evan and his crew did an excellent job! York Building Products was honored to work with Evan on his project. Congratulations Eagle Scout Evan…FINE JOB!

Solution to Limited Distance for Excavation

When you need a retaining wall in a cut situation but have limited distance for excavation, do not rule out segmental block. By using stabilized aggregate (a.k.a. no-fines concrete or permeable concrete), the system depth can be significantly reduced to about 40% of the wall height vs. about 75% for geogrid reinforcing. The stabilized aggregate material is ready-mix concrete without sand (just Portland cement and gravel), so it both increases the mass to allow the wall to be a gravity structure and also provides drainage. There is no geogrid or stone required, just block and ready-mix concrete. This technology is being used more widely as sites become increasingly constrained and walls are against property lines. It is also a great solution when there are obstacles behind a wall such as an existing wall, rock or utilities.

stabilized aggregate screenshot

2019 CSI Exhibitors’ Show- Richmond, VA

Construction Specifications Institute – Exhibitors’ Show

Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 8A-4P
BOOTH 8
Westin Richmond Hotel
6631 Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230
FEATURED: Architectural masonry products and WORKRITE® masonry cements.