Underwriter’s Weather Parametric Insurance fills Builders Risk policy voids

As severe weather events grow in frequency and severity, the risk of construction delays not covered by traditional Builders Risk insurance policies intensifies. Zurich North America seeks to fill the gap with the launch of Construction Weather Parametric Insurance for project owners and contractors.

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Daimler Truck to free Freightliner, Western Star of formal Mercedes-Benz ties

The German parent company of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) in Portland, Ore. has outlined a separation plan, scheduled to be consummated late this year, positioning Mercedes-Benz AG and Daimler Truck AG as independent businesses, each with technology-heavy missions accompanying their passenger and commercial vehicle offerings. Daimler AG shareholders and the renamed legacy business will become respective majority and minority…

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Concrete Industry Management patrons call for 2021 Auction donations

Members of the Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee invite donations for the 2021 CIM Auction, to be staged June 9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center amid the rescheduled World of Concrete (June 8-10). Items for previous auction pools have included mixer trucks, cement loads, concrete plant equipment, construction tools and rolling stock, computers, sports memorabilia, plus sports, entertainment…

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Charah poised to keep cement kilns well fed via 8 million-ton ash contract

Charah Solutions Inc. has secured a beneficiation and marketing contract involving up to 8.1 million tons of ash located at Dominion Energy’s coal-fired Chesterfield Power Station in Chester, Va. Processing facility and transportation infrastructure construction this year will facilitate rail transfer of the reclaimed material as ash kiln feed supplying cement plants across the U.S. for more than a decade.

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American Block, Dellinger, Eastern, Seminole unite under new brand

Evercast is the newly branded parent company over American Block Co. Inc. and Eastern Vault, both operating at Princeton, W.V. headquarters; Dellinger Precast of Denver, N.C.; and, Seminole Precast Manufacturing Inc. of Debary, Fla. Each operation’s business name will be maintained within its own markets, while the Evercast brand helps customers across the enterprise leverage the scale of a larger…

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Build with Strength Coalition, Habitat team on far-ranging ICF home schedule

In partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and affiliates, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-aligned Build with Strength Coalition will donate ready mixed concrete for homes planned across 16 locations. With an eye to sound building methods and noncombustible material specifications, work is set to start next month on three two-bedroom projects, each of insulating concrete form construction, in Paradise,…

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Port engineers, ECOncrete test premier precast Coastlock installation

The Port of San Diego and ECOncrete Tech Ltd. have begun a three-year demonstration along Harbor Island to gauge interlocking Coastal Tide Pool Armor precast units’ structural and marine species-friendly aspects. The eight-sided, 7,200-lb. Coastalock units appear as two pyramids connected at their bases; round block outs on multiple planes create holes for lifting hardware and, ultimately, habitat passageways.

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Beck Readymix asset deal ushers Cemex back to acquisition arena

A seller on North American and overseas cement, aggregate and concrete business deals since its 2007 Rinker Group takeover, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. has turned the page, closing on the assets of Texas’ Beck Readymix Concrete Co. Ltd. Announced in mid-February, the deal includes one portable and three fixed plants to service the San Antonio metropolitan area and surrounding markets.

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Major Portland jobs solidify Cadman’s Pacific NW market presence

Well-known across most Pacific Northwest concrete circles, Cadman Inc. and its unique mixer trucks featuring “Otis the Bulldog” are a newer sight for Portland, Ore. contractors and practitioners. Ready mixed concrete supply contracts totaling 85,000 yd. for two downtown Portland projects are elevating the profile of the Lehigh Hanson Inc. subsidiary, which expanded into Oregon in 2017.

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