Zero energy building project activity spikes

Sources: New Buildings Institute, Portland, Ore.; CP staff Demand for zero energy buildings across the U.S. and Canada is growing exponentially, according to new data from New Buildings Institute. The group’s 2020 Getting to Zero Buildings List shows the total number of verified and emerging zero energy buildings in North America has grown to nearly 700, representing a 42 percent…

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Command Alkon extends telematics solution with Trimble CL deal

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff Command Alkon has entered a definitive agreement to acquire the Trimble Construction Logistics business, whose technology equips ready mixed concrete and aggregates delivery managers to track, schedule and route their mixer and dump truck fleets. Trimble CL hardware and software afford automated real-time vehicle location and status, turn-by-turn navigation, monitoring and diagnostics, as…

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BASF completes Master Builders brand, Construction Chemicals spinoff

Sources: MBCC Group, Mannheim, Germany; CP staff BASF Group closed the third quarter with the long-planned sale of its Construction Chemicals business, including Admixture Systems, to MBCC Group, a German peer backed by private equity investor Lone Star Funds. The former BASF Construction Chemicals office and lab in Beachwood, Ohio, will serve as an MBCC regional headquarters for the Americas. 

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NRMCA recognizes Quality Awards recipients

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va. NRMCA has named 20 members in the 2020 Excellence in Quality Awards program, which honors ready mixed concrete producers who have demonstrated that they follow and exceed quality management principles over a broad range of activities—from commitment to quality, materials management, managing production facilities and product quality control while maintaining a high…

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Equipment manufacturers propel mechanics apprenticeships

Sources: Associated Equipment Distributors, AEF Foundation, Schaumburg, Ill.; CP staff The U.S. Department of Labor has approved the AED Foundation (AEDF) as a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) for heavy equipment or truck mechanics and service technicians and diesel engine specialists. The designation allows it to guide Associated Equipment Distributors members as they launch Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs.

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Western Star reveals aluminum cab, Detroit-loaded 49X workhorse

vocational truck

Sources: Western Star, Portland, Ore.; CP staff After extensive field testing in mixer, dump and other vocational applications, Western Star has unveiled the 49X, an aluminum cab model with single channel frame rail, composite hood and other modifications equating to a weight savings of more than 350 lbs. versus the 4900 truck, which will remain available.  

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Urban center harbors first Brickworks North American Design Studio

grand opening North American Brickworks Design Studio

Source: Brickworks North America Corp., Wyomissing, Pa. The parent company of brick specialist Glen-Gery Corp. has opened its first design studio this side of the Pacific, offering the Philadelphia architectural and design community an experience to collaborate on projects, select from a broad portfolio of high-end, stylish clay masonry units, and host industry or networking events. The facility joins six…

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MB admixture halts returned mix hydration, speeds stiffening, eases recycling

bucket of admixture

Sources: Master Builders Solutions, Beachwood, Ohio; CP staff  Master Builders Solutions has formulated a new powdered polymer admixture to gel returned concrete mixes, rapidly curtail workability and strength development, then ease handling after they are dispensed from a mixer truck. MasterSuna Returned Concrete Treatment (RCT) 323 Admixture provides ready mixed producers a cost-effective tool to manage a pervasive material handling…

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