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U.S. Concrete closes two deals extending Ingram’s west Texas reach

Sources: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

One of two U.S. Concrete platform businesses in the Lone Star State, Ingram Concrete LLC has acquired the ready mixed production assets of T&S Ventures LLC, based in Sweetwater, Texas. The deal was announced five weeks after Ingram Concrete closed on the assets of Young Ready-Mix Inc., a single-plant, Brady, Texas operator.

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MDU Resources marks 90 years, sounding NYSE Bell

Sources: New York Stock Exchange; CP staff

David Goodin, chief executive officer of Knife River Construction Materials parent MDU Resources, rang the NYSE Closing Bell on March 18 to commemorate the company’s 90th anniversary. Joining him were executives of the namesake energy and Knife River Construction businesses.

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York Building Products adds New Holland Concrete operations

Sources: York Building Products, York, Pa.; Martin Limestone Inc., Blue Ball, Pa.; CP staff

With seven block and paver plants in eastern Pennsylvania and Maryland, York Building Products has become the mid-Atlantic market’s largest concrete masonry source after closing on much of Martin Limestone’s New Holland Concrete business.

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Architecture 2030 supporters eye open standard EPD template

Sources: Architecture 2030, Santa Fe, N.M.; CP staff

Working with various architecture/engineering stakeholders, the Architecture 2030 organization will develop an open standard Environmental Product Declaration and companion EPD summary template that goes beyond a list of typical document requirements to the creation of a full graphic layout.

Detailing a product’s environmental impacts over projected service life, the EPD has rapidly emerged in anticipation of credit provisions central to the U.S. Green Building Council’s new LEED v4 version. EPDs can be thought of as the environmental equivalent to nutrition labels, stating a product’s carbon-equivalent footprint and such environmental impacts as resource depletion. If adopted by all U.S. EPD Program Operators and/or product manufacturers and material suppliers, a well-designed template will simplify the process of reading, comprehending, and using the hundreds of EPDs anticipated to be developed for building products, Architecture 2030 backers contend.

Designers and engineers will increasingly be the primary consumers of EPDs, and Architecture 2030 backers believe that the template success hinges on input from this community. In order to offer feedback and expertise, the organization welcome inputs from designers, engineers, and other stakeholders via the completion of an EPD content/layout survey posted here.

AGC backs new Internet domain: .build

Source: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.

AGC and the proprietor of a new namespace recently created by ICANN, the controlling authority for the Internet, have announced a joint initiative to provide .build domain names focused on the construction industry. The .build name is one of several new top level domains launching in 2014 that provide an opportunity for companies to improve their web presence and internet marketing through addresses other than the generic .com.

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