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Charah contracts extend C618-grade ash options for Midwest producers

Source: Charah Inc., Louisville, Ky.

Coal combustion products (CCP) management specialist Charah has entered into or renewed agreements involving three Louisville Gas & Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co. facilities: Mill Creek Generating Station in Jefferson County, Trimble County Generating Station, and Ghent Generating Station near Carrollton, Ky.

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Five-year outlook report paints solid gains for unit masonry

Sources: Freedonia Group, Cleveland; CP staff

U.S. demand for clay or concrete brick and block is forecast to rise 8.8 percent per annum from a $5.8 billion base in 2013 to $8.9 billion by 2018. Recovery across all building and construction market segments will be the primary driver as unit masonry shipments improve from declines rooted in the 2006 home building market contraction and subsequent economic recession.

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ASTM schedules Product Category Rules for Pavers release by year’s end

Sources: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.; CP staff

ASTM International recently organized ICPI and National Concrete Masonry Association member meetings to draft Product Category Rules on segmental concrete paving products, plus a parallel document on masonry products. Following a public comment period and independent review panel oversight, the draft PCR on segmental concrete paving products is being finalized for December release.

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ASHRAE, USGBC revise green building benchmark, Standard 189.1

Sources: ASHRAE, Atlanta; CP staff

New requirements to further reduce energy and environmental impacts in buildings’ construction and operating phases—vehicles’ jobsite idle time and long-term stormwater management guidelines among them—are detailed in the 2014 version of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council and Illuminating Engineering Society.

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Materials supply chain, mobile platforms central to Command Alkon’s future

Sources: CP staff; Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.

Command Alkon presented 2014 Customer Training and Technology Conference participants new and concept-stage smartphone, tablet and desktop offerings from the integration of core software plus products of the company’s last two domestic acquisitions: FiveCubits, a bulk materials hauling and transport supply chain solution specialist, and 323 Technologies, an early mover in concrete-centric business intelligence and mobile applications.

 

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