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Basalite raises Rocky Mountain market stake in General Shale asset deal

Sources: Basalite Building Products LLC, Roseville, Calif.; CP staff

Basalite has acquired Colorado Springs, Colo., and Cheyenne, Wyo., concrete block production assets—plus a retail showroom adjacent to the latter site—from Tennessee-based General Shale, best known for leadership in clay masonry. The deal extends the Rocky Mountain market presence of Basalite, which has concrete masonry production in Boise, Idaho, and Denver.

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Oldcastle Precast banks on tower foundations in Cell Blocks deal

Sources: Oldcastle Precast Inc., Atlanta; CP staff

Oldcastle Precast has extended its deep presence in specialty structures for telecommunications and utility customers by acquiring the assets of Cell Blocks Inc., whose proprietary, post-tensioned foundation systems support tower installations of key U.S. wireless carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

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OSHA states case for prioritizing worker health, safety in sustainability agendas

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff

A new OSHA white paper, “Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Protecting Worker Safety and Health,” highlights the importance of including worker safety and health in the growing movement toward sustainability and corporate responsibility. Sustainability strives to balance social, environmental, and economic considerations to achieve long-term success and viability, the agency notes, as responsible firms embrace the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit to achieve sustainability goals.

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Equipment Manufacturers stress fuel quality in Tier 4 engine pointers

Source: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee

AEM’s new “Get CLEAN on Fuel” infographic outlines five key actions to help protect Tier 4 engines which, according to Technical and Safety Services Manager William Bernhard, “reduce emissions and protect our health and the environment, [but] are rather finicky about fuel.” Today’s Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel is very different from the diesel of a few years ago, he adds, noting how “it is subject to change and contamination as it moves from the refinery to the engine, making storage, temperature, age and filtration, and related factors critical in maintaining fuel quality.”

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Scoping Defense market, Wood Council tests CLT structures’ blast mettle

Sources: Wood Products Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

After directing blast tests on three cross laminated timber (CLT) specimens at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla., representatives of the Wood Products Council’s WoodWorks program observed that that the structures “remained intact and matched modeling predictions with acceptable levels of damage under significant explosive loading.” The tests were conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and Softwood Lumber Board; results stand to expand the use of wood solutions for Department of Defense applications and other blast-resistant construction.

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