ACI Technician certification qualifies for reimbursement per GI Bill

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich. The ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I certification program has been approved for reimbursement under the Veteran’s Administration GI Bill. The provision applies to veterans who have participated in a Grade I certification session as of January 2020. It follows the agency’s implementation of an online ACI Certification application process, prepared…

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Construction Supply Group, White Cap investors fulfill merger plan

Sources: White Cap Holdings LLC, Atlanta; CP staff White Cap Supply and Construction Supply Group (CSG) have combined in a transaction valued at approximately $4 billion, netting the top North American distributor of concrete accessories plus specialty construction and safety products. Pursuant to a plan announced in August, the merger was consummated following spin off of the White Cap business…

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Oldcastle APG sites $25M South Carolina greenfield

Source: South Carolina Department of Commerce, Columbia; CP staff Oldcastle APG plans a fourth South Carolina concrete masonry production site: A greenfield plant in Ridgeway, north of Columbia and along the Interstate 77 corridor linking the state capital to Charlotte, N.C. The $25 million operation will be dedicated to Belgard hardscape units; serve trade and retail accounts; and, build to…

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Hilti phases Concrete Sensors maturity monitoring platform rollout

Six months after acquiring the assets of Concrete Sensors in Cambridge, Mass., Hilti North America has assimilated the start up’s maturity monitoring device and quality control technology. An Internet of Things hardware, mobile app, training and support services offering, Hilti Concrete Sensors will help practitioners track slab or structure internal temperatures and strength development—potentially enabling project schedule acceleration while bringing…

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Investors commit $10M to mineralized aggregate developer Blue Planet

A $10 million funding round positions Blue Planet Systems Corp. to advance a carbon capture and utilization system netting fine to coarse, concrete-grade synthetic limestone. The Los Gatos, Calif., company is approaching commercialization of a process that converts diluted carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-powered electricity generating stations, cement or steel mills, and petroleum refineries to carbonate for mineralization into calcium…

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UHPC developer Kulish closes funding round, rebrands as Steelike

Steelike Inc., developer of a namesake ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) formerly operating as Kulish Design Co. LLC, has announced a $2 million seed investment. Funding from a Chicago group-led round will expedite research and development of mixes and production methods, while positioning staff to continue building contractor, engineer, agency and precast producer relationships. The company’s signature, steel fiber mix attains…

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LafargeHolcim rebrands alternative binders, nudges A/E/C pros on carbon

Responding to demand for construction materials performance and sustainability, market leader LafargeHolcim has rebranded its U.S. blended cement and supplementary cementitious materials portfolio as Envirocore Series—led by OneCem Portland Limestone, MaxCem Blended and NewCem Slag Cements. Concurrently, it calls on architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) interests, along with their concrete suppliers, to adopt more sustainable products.

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