Chaney Enterprises says yes to deal for Virginia’s GreenRock Materials

Chaney Enterprises in Gambrills, Md. has acquired Richmond, Va.-based GreenRock Materials, spanning five ready mixed concrete plants in the state capital region, a three-plant portable production division, plus affiliated companies Mid-Atlantic Concrete Pumping, Stony Creek Sand & Gravel and NSL Transport.

Read More

Rebar leader Nucor switches to renewable energy for Texas operations

The top concrete reinforcing steel producer and rebar fabricator has signed a 15-year Virtual Power Purchase Agreement with EDF Renewables North America for 250 megawatts of new solar array-derived energy in Texas. A first for Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor Corp., the agreement represents the steel industry’s largest electricity procurement vehicle of its kind and positions EDF Renewables to add more clean…

Read More

Strescore guides Notre Dame teams to PCI Big Beam victory

Two University of Notre Dame student teams took first and second place in the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute 2020 Engineering Student Design Competition. Now in its 20th year and also known as Big Beam, the national competition educates college students in an applied learning environment—imparting structural engineering skills they can use throughout their careers in precast concrete production and practice.

Read More

Cement industry to outline 30-year roadmap to carbon neutrality

Among their 2021 deliverables, Portland Cement Association members aim to finalize a plan to achieve carbon neutrality across the concrete value chain by 2050. A roadmap for the U.S. industry will likely factor data-driven process and practice metrics: From cement mills’ raw material extraction and kiln fuel procurement, to concrete producers’ promotion of supplementary cementitious materials-rich mix designs, to contractors’…

Read More

Cemex net-zero carbon dioxide concrete offering goes global

The first-ever net-zero carbon dioxide concrete from Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. will soon be available in the producer’s major markets worldwide after a successful launch in Europe. A series ranging from low carbon to net-zero CO2 mixes, Vertua is based on a geopolymer binder solution from the Cemex Research and Development Center in Switzerland. Compared to conventional materials, it has…

Read More

Watson family shores up strong Palm Beach Atlantic University ties

Rinker Materials veterans Karl H. Watson Sr. and Karl H. Watson Jr. will donate $2.5 million to Palm Beach Atlantic University, a West Palm Beach, Fla. institution with whom they have a 30-year-plus history. The gift will endow programs that are especially meaningful to their family: the new Center for Biblical Leadership (CBL) and Palm Beach Atlantic Athletics.

Read More

Brickworks’ North American Design Studio premiers with urban backdrop

Brickworks North America, parent company of Pennsylvania-based clay brick specialist Glen-Gery Corp., has sited its first Design Studio in Philadelphia. The 3,500-sq.-ft. facility affords the architectural and design community a premium design experience where project stakeholders can collaborate; select from a broad product portfolio of high-end, stylish brick; and, host or attend industry and networking events. It joins six studios…

Read More

Survey finds increasing mixer driver recruitment, demand equilibrium

20 NRMCA 150

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Mixer Driver Recruitment & Retention Survey shows an improved, year-over-year outlook for ready mixed concrete producers to maintain a healthy delivery professional pool. In 2019, 47 percent of respondents turned away orders due to lack of mixer truck drivers, down from 60 percent in 2018. The number of producers citing mixer driver vacancies dropped…

Read More

Pumping group makes inaugural training simulator endorsement

Vortex training simulator developer CM Labs cites release of the first concrete pump operator program of its kind. With curriculum developed in collaboration with the American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA), it ensures operators are proficient with using the remote-control box before being exposed to work site stress. The Concrete Pump Simulator allows operators to develop basic skills such deploying outriggers,…

Read More