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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Two economic recovery models inform new PCA market outlook

Portland Cement Association Chief Economist and Senior Vice President Ed Sullivan offers two U.S. cement consumption scenarios around “U” or “W” shaped economic recovery curves, with respective 2020 and 2021 figures of -3.4 percent or +1.7 percent and -4.8 percent and -2.7 percent—both years measured against 2019 industry shipments.

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Associated Builders & Contractors states case for four more years of Trump

Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C., outlines member-friendly, 2017-2020 advocacy and policy measures in its endorsement of President Donald Trump for election to a second term. Members applaud his administration’s substantial deregulatory efforts, especially after eight years of uncertainty spurred by the predecessor administration’s aggressive, burdensome and litigation-prone rulemaking.

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The red-hot housing market is leading the economic recovery

by Pierre G. Villere As I approach five decades of practicing in the investment banking world, one truism that has been consistent is that housing always leads us out of recessions. As a matter of fact, the housing industry serves as a source of strength during an economic recovery, as has been the case in nearly every recession over the…

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