Teamsters organize fifth Cemex ready mixed plant in SW Florida

Sources: International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 79, Tampa, Fla.; CP staff Teamsters Local 79 has prevailed in an election to serve as bargaining agent for drivers at the Cemex Port Charlotte, Fla. ready mixed concrete plant—continuing an organizing streak from 2020 in during which the union secured representation at four plants the producer operates in Ft. Myers and Naples. 

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Jensen Precast closes on EnCon United plants in Washington State

Sources: Jensen Precast, Reno, Nev.; CP staff Jensen Precast has acquired the EnCon Northwest LLC and EnCon Washington LLC precast concrete plants in Camus and Puyallup, Wash. The deal provides Pacific Northwest infrastructure customers with direct access to the suitor’s portfolio of utility vaults and pull boxes, box culvert, stormwater systems, highway barriers, pump stations, underground enclosures, and earth retention…

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Argos USA, liability heir, cooperates in feds’ concrete price-fixing investigation

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division; CP staff Argos USA has entered a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) resolving a DOJ Antitrust Division charge of conspiring to fix prices, rig bids and allocate sales for ready mixed concrete in Savannah and neighboring markets under U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia jurisdiction. 

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Concrete Technology, WSDOT push the envelope with record 223-ft. girder

Sources: Washington State Department of Transportation; CP staff Washington State DOT and Guy F. Atkinson Construction have mapped a two- to three-week January schedule to place the final precast, prestressed concrete girders for the three-span, southbound Interstate 5 Puyallup River Bridge in Tacoma. To eliminate piers along BNSF and Union Pacific rail lines paralleling the water, engineers enlisted Federal Way,…

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LafargeHolcim measures building enclosure prospects in Firestone deal

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff LafargeHolcim projects a second quarter closing on a $3.4 billion deal for Nashville-based Firestone Building Products (FBP), the largest acquisition in the company’s five-year history and one stretching well beyond its cement, aggregate and ready mixed concrete production competencies. With a full range of EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), thermoplastic polyolefin, PVC, asphalt and…

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EPA rule clears traditional opaqueness in science justifying regulatory actions

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff A new rule establishes that when promulgating significant regulatory actions or developing influential scientific information, the Environmental Protection Agency will give greater consideration to studies where the underlying dose-response data are available in a manner sufficient for independent validation. The rule does not require the release of personally identifiable information or confidential business…

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U.S. Geological Survey reveals limits of climate change projections

Sources: U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior; CP staff A new report from the USGS—the indispensable source of portland cement, crushed stone and sand & gravel shipment data—stresses the need to factor uncertainties attending climate change predictions, especially as models link present greenhouse gas emission levels to earth temperature trajectories through the year 2100. 

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Clyde Cos. elevates Hafen, Golding, Ritchie in leadership transition

Sources: Clyde Companies Inc., Orem, Utah The parent company of WW Clyde, Geneva Rock, Sunroc, Sunpro and Scott Contracting has announced three executive promotions within its Intermountain State construction materials and road building operations. Jeremy Hafen, who during a 16-year tenure has led Clyde Business Group, Sunroc Corp. and Sunroc Building Materials, has been appointed Clyde Companies president. He assumes…

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ACI ‘frees’ education, practice assets under new membership terms

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich. Effective January 2021, American Concrete Institute members enjoy free ACI University live webinars and 260+ on-demand courses, plus unlimited use of the Institute’s practices and symposium online volumes. Expanded knowledge resource access joins membership offerings that include periodical subscriptions and publication or event registration discounts.

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