Kerkstra acquisition shores up Fabcon’s Midwest, Great Lakes market footprint

Sources: Fabcon Precast, Minneapolis; CP staff Fabcon Precast has closed on Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Kerkstra Precast, which serves industrial, commercial, residential, and infrastructure markets from headquarters and Detroit satellite plants. Its product offering includes structural and architectural wall panels, hollowcore plank, beams, columns, double tees, stairs, and specialty elements.

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Chamber construction survey finds favorable commercial market prospects

Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. Data from the first quarter U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index reveals contractors are growing more optimistic, mostly driven by a rise in revenue expectations. They also have better outlooks on hiring and equipment spending plans as business concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic lessen.

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Argos, Buzzi, GCC and Titan double up in EPA Energy Star certifications

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Thirteen of the 95 manufacturing plants earning certification in the 2020 Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star program produce portland cement: Argos USA LLC, Calera, Ala. and Harleyville, S.C.; Ash Grove Cement, Seattle; Buzzi Unicem USA, Festus, Mo. and Chattanooga, Tenn.; CalPortland Co., Rillito, Ariz.; Cemex USA, Miami; Drake…

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Concrete Sustainability Council names NRMCA a System Operator

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff NRMCA has joined the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC), Geneva, and becomes a Regional System Operator (RSO) for the U.S. marketplace. Launched in 2017 with input from the Portland Cement Association and a Global Cement and Concrete Association predecessor, CSC administers the only industry-specific system certifying the sustainability performance of concrete…

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World of Concrete manager secures green light for June timetable

Sources: Informa Markets, Irving, Texas; CP staff World of Concrete organizer Informa Markets has received Nevada Department of Business and Industry approval to proceed with its 2021 in-person edition, rescheduled from an original January target to June 8-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). A second, imminent Department measure will position World of Concrete 2021 to be the city’s,…

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Oldcastle Infrastructure adds Minnesota’s Hancock Concrete Products

Sources: Oldcastle Infrastructure, Atlanta; Hancock Concrete Products LLC, Hancock, Minn.; CP staff In the latest strengthening of its portfolio around drainage and underground construction, Oldcastle Infrastructure has closed on Hancock Concrete Products, which operates one storage yard and six plants in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Iowa. 

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PCA issues Industry-Wide EPD for ASTM C150, C595, C91 powders

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff New Industry-Wide Environment Product Declarations (IW-EPDs) for Portland Cement, Portland-Limestone Cement, Blended Hydraulic Cement and Masonry Cement offer stakeholders across private and public construction markets an exhaustive profile of material, fuel and energy factors attending production of the key ingredient in concrete, grout and mortar. The documents inform updates to companion EPD…

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Dodge, BSD team to expedite material, product specification and procurement

Sources: Building Systems Design Inc., Atlanta; Dodge Data & Analytics, Hamilton, N.J.; CP staff A Building Systems Design and Dodge Data & Analytics partnership is geared to delivering specific and targeted material or product information at precisely the moment design professionals require. It will combine BSD SpecLink, cloud-based specification content and software, and the Dodge Sweets platform, spanning material or…

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NCMA research quantifies CMUs’ carbon dioxide-sequestering capacity

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff National Concrete Masonry Association technicians are collecting block from a cross section of producer members for a two-year investigation measuring specimens’ carbon dioxide sequestration characteristics. Findings have the potential to arm the industry with critical CO2 uptake data plus delineate the sequestration rates and net volumes of dry cast versus conventional precast…

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Foundations group gauges form tie shortage impact on residential work

Sources: Concrete Foundations Association, Mt. Vernon, Iowa; CP staff The Concrete Foundations Association is leading an industry-wide effort to mitigate a pending steel form tie shortage across North American markets. Designed to withstand the fluid pressure of concrete placement, the ties structurally connect foundation and wall forming systems. Supply conditions of domestically produced and imported ties are reducing builders or…

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