Building Trades’ endorsement better late than never for Biden

Sources: North America’s Building Trades Unions, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Less than two weeks out from Election Day (November 3), the coalition of Brick & Allied Craftworkers, Cement Masons, Iron Workers, Laborers, Operating Engineers, Teamsters and eight other unions representing construction rank & file formally endorsed the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ticket for President and Vice President of the…

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NPCA opens comment period for Precast Concrete Pavement manual

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind. The premier manual on North American precast pavement design, specification, fabrication and installation, posted here, will be open for National Precast Concrete Association member comment and editorial suggestions through December 9. NPCA staff and Transportation and Infrastructure Products Committee members will review comments and suggestions for potential inclusion in the Manual for Jointed Precast Concrete…

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Donley’s, Wayne Bros. lead Concrete Contractors’ Safety Awards

Sources: American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis; CP staff The American Society of Concrete Contractors has named Cleveland general contractor Donley’s Inc. and Davidson, N.C. specialty contractor Wayne Brothers Inc. as W. Burr Bennett Award for Safety Excellence recipients, based on 2019 metrics. The ASCC Safety & Risk Management Council presents the honor in partnership with major underwriter CNA,…

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NPCA names Columbia Precast GM Sparks as 2020-21 chair

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff The NPCA 55th Annual Convention, staged in virtual format earlier this month, saw the election of Ron Sparks, vice president and general manager of Columbia Precast Products in Woodland, Wash., as chairman for a one-year term. He was also was presented with the Douglas G. HoskinAward, named for one of NPCA’s…

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NCMA tables in-person ICON Expo 2021, Annual Convention plan

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va. After evaluating health risks and complications associated with a mid-February gathering, National Concrete Masonry Association directors have elected to hold on staging ICON Expo 2021: Machinery & Equipment Show and concurrent Annual Convention in Nashville. They moved to eliminate the physical meeting based on NCMA Associate Member Division Board guidance and in consultation…

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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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