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Sherman-Dixie deal shores up Forterra Building Products’ Southeast footprint

Sources: Forterra Building Products, Irving, Texas; CP staff

Forterra Building Products has acquired one of the largest independents remaining in pipe and precast: Sherman-Dixie Concrete Industries, operating eight plants in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Indiana. It is the second major deal Forterra Building Products has closed since its early-2015 spinoff from Heidelberg Cement—following by four months the acquisition of Minnesota-based Cretex Concrete Products, with 17 pipe, precast and prestressed plants across the upper Midwest.

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International aims to regain ground in severe service with four-model HX Series

Sources: Navistar Inc., Lisle, Ill.; CP staff

In one of the biggest equipment rollouts timed with World of Concrete 2016, Navistar announced in Las Vegas the severe service International HX Series, available in 115- and 120-in. bumper-to-back-of-cab (bbc), set-forward or set-back axle versions. “The HX Series is an opportunity for International to recapture a leading position in the vocational market—a segment we previously led,” said Navistar CEO Troy Clarke. “The launch underscores our commitment to innovation, dedication to uptime and position as a leader within the industry.”

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NPCA flags precasters on reversal of steel products’ Buy America exemption

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

Citing a late-December U.S. District Court decision vacating Federal Highway Administration Buy America exemptions for miscellaneous steel components, NPCA is urging members who fabricate precast structures for federally funded projects to evaluate use of tie wire, lifting devices and any other elements from foreign sources, and assume requests for documentation that all structure components are domestic.

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