Peterbilt unveils all-new medium-duty companions to 567 workhorse series

Sources: Peterbilt Motors Co., Denton, Texas; CP staff Peterbilt Motors has added Models 537 and 548 to its Class 7/8 segment offering, crediting the trucks’ versatility to robust multiplex electrical architecture and engineering that delivers “seamless body builder integration allowing customers complete customization.”

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PCA confirms industry’s stunning performance in the face of 2020 adversity

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Thirteen months after pandemic panic and profound economic uncertainty compelled a guarded one- to three-year outlook for U.S. construction activity, the Portland Cement Association Market Intelligence Group reports that a key indicator of building and nonbuilding project volume grew year over year—a trend likely to continue in 2021 and 2022. 

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Silicon Valley mid-rise marks second deployment for rebar-free SpeedCore

Sources: Level 10 Construction, Sunnyvale, Calif.; CP staff After a convincing 2019 debut on Seattle’s 58-story Rainier Square Tower, the SpeedCore Concrete-Filled Composite Plate Shear Wall system is being used for the 200 Park project in downtown San Jose, Calif. Silicon Valley general contractor Level 10 proposed the concept to developer Jay Paul Co. as a means of saving up…

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Kopczynski leads American Concrete Institute officer slate

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff Cary Kopczynski, principal of an eponymous engineering firm with Chicago and Seattle offices, has been elected ACI president for 2021-22, succeeding Minneapolis attorney and (pre-AECOM) Ellerbe Associates veteran Jeffrey Coleman. A recognized expert in reinforced concrete and post-tensioned concrete building design, Kopczynski has served on the ACI Foundation Board of Trustees…

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Mixer- and dump-grade T480 tops Kenworth medium duty series

Sources: Kenworth Truck, Kirkland, Wash.; CP staff As a smaller companion to its T880 flagship model for construction and other vocational applications, Kenworth has added a light Class 8 truck whose 107-in. or 109.5-in. bumper to back of cab length nets concrete mixer or dump packages for operators in urban markets or other environments where site conditions necessitate tight turning…

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Sunrock Group adds Fenelon Ready-Mix to Canada platform

Sources: Sunrock Group, Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff  Sunrock Canada Construction Materials has acquired Fenelon Ready-Mix located in Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario. Operated under the McConnell family since 1962, the Fenlon R-M business builds upon the 2020 acquisition of a high-quality Kwartha Lakes quarry and Spartan Ready-Mix in Uxbridge, Ontario. 

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ST, Salt River Materials team on fly ash processing operation

Sources: ST Equipment & Technology, Needham, Mass.; CP staff In a collaboration with Salt River Materials Group and its Phoenix Cement business, ST Equipment & Technology (STET) will license a particle separator and provide engineering and commissioning services for a fly ash beneficiation facility at the Rocky Mountain Power Huntington generating station in Utah. Equipment installation and ramp up are…

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Golden State cement producers release roadmap to carbon neutral operation

Sources: California Nevada Cement Association, Anaheim; CP staff The California Nevada Cement Association (CNCA) envisions three major pathways for the industry to attain net zero carbon operation by 2045: reducing production process emissions, reducing combustion emissions through fuel switching, and increasing distributed electricity generation.  

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Lead economist tracks pandemic’s waning effects on construction

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff An Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the construction industry added 110,000 jobs in March, bringing to 931,000 the number gained since April 2020, or nearly 84 percent of those jobs lost during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. The construction unemployment rate…

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LafargeHolcim closes Firestone Building Products deal

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Zurich; CP staff Holcim Participations (US) Inc. has completed the acquisition of Firestone Building Products earlier than projected, positioning parent LafargeHolcim to target a new and expansive building market segment. The Nashville-based manufacturer is a key player in commercial roofing and building envelope solutions in the United States, with 2020 sales approaching $2 billion, and has 15 production…

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