CTS Cement prevails in decade-long Ultimax patent litigation

Ending a 10-year-old patent litigation against CTS Cement Manufacturing, Cypress, Calif.-based producer of Rapid Set Cement, plus Chairman Edward Rice and a number of customers, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Judge Andrew Guilford ruled that Rice and CTS have a shop right in the patent they allegedly infringed. The plaintiffs were Ultimax, Hassan Kunbargi, Heartland Cement Sales Co. and the K.A. Group.

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PCA’s Sullivan: 2012 shipments looking better than first forecast

Stronger than expected job creation and the beginning of an industry recovery means gains in real construction spending will materialize this year—after seven years of consecutive declines. According to the new forecast from Portland Cement Association, increases in cement consumption will follow. PCA revised its fall forecast upward from 1.1 percent, to a modest 3.7 percent increase in 2012 cement consumption, followed by a 7.6 percent jump in 2013 and a 14.1 percent surge in 2014.

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Bonsal American seals five TXI bagging sites

Oldcastle’s Charlotte, N.C.-based Bonsal American business has acquired the TXI Package Products unit of TXI Operations, LP, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Texas Industries, Inc. The transaction spans five plants specializing in dry mix concrete and other packaged products located around Texas’ three major markets: Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston and Austin/San Antonio.

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U.S. Concrete’s rapid drying concrete advances moisture-sensitive slab practice

USC Technologies, Inc., bills its Aridus Rapid Drying Concrete as the first ready mixed solution for preventing floor covering failure, an industry-wide problem that costs millions of dollars annually in damage, downtime, repair and replacement. The proprietary mix from the subsidiary of Texas-Based U.S. Concrete Inc. can attain in 30 days or less—or three times faster than conventional concrete—the 75 percent internal relative humidity level increasingly referenced as a target for flooring covering application on new concrete slabs.

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Stego Industries makes the grade as named exclusive Aridus sales partner

U.S. Concrete announced an agreement in April whereby San Clemente, Calif.-based Stego Industries LLC, a key player in below-slab vapor barriers, becomes exclusive channel partner to market and sell Aridus Rapid Drying Concrete. The agreement creates significantly increased opportunities to reach the architectural and engineering communities and showcase the benefits of Aridus as a game-changing solution to concrete slab moisture problems, U.S. Concrete affirms.

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