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ACI Foundation and peers form Concrete Research Network

Source: ACI Foundation, Farmington Hills, Mich.

To align donors and related funding sources with researchers and current or pending projects, the American Concrete Institute-aligned ACI Foundation has teamed with key industry organizations to launch the Concrete Research Network.

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NRMCA sets Improving Concrete Quality course debut

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Geared to concrete producers, material suppliers, engineers, testing labs and contractors, a new one-day course explores ways to quantify tangible and intangible benefits attributable to improving quality. Modeled on NRMCA’s new publication Improving Concrete Quality, it premiers Wednesday, October 15 in Silver Spring, Md.

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Construction economists bullish on commercial, industrial market

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.

“A combination of low interest rates; wealth effects stemming from a booming stock market and rising home prices; surging energy production; and expanding industrial output has helped position the U.S. economy for more rapid growth during the next several quarters,” says ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “This will lead to more robust recovery in the U.S. nonresidential construction industry, which has also been aided by stable materials prices and improving commercial real estate fundamentals.”

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