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Segmental concrete paver sales maintain double-digit growth in 2015

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

New home construction, acceleration in sales of existing homes, a rebound in public section construction spending, and an increase in commercial construction all contributed to strong growth last year for U.S. and Canadian segmental concrete pavement, according to the ICPI 2016 Industry Sales Survey.

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IBC/IRC-compliant deck elevates paving stone installations, market prospects

Sources: Evolutiondeck Inc., Sault Ste Marie, Ontario; CP staff

Certification of Evolutiondeck’s SPX structural members as International Building Code- and International Residential Code-compliant will provide big box retailers and independent hardscape/landscape dealers new leverage in promoting paver and patio slab projects. Tailored to horizontal and vertical conditions, the Z- and C-shaped SPX sections are fabricated from 16-gauge galvanized steel, load tested in excess of 500 lbs./square foot, and combine with smaller detail sections to create the Paverdeck system.

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Boral boosts polymer-fly ash siding and trim output as demand, distribution climb

Sources: Boral USA, Roswell, Ga.; CP staff

To meet rapidly increasing demand, Boral is doubling TruExterior Siding & Trim capacity at a Salisbury, N.C., plant. The expansion follows the site’s recent addition of a 120,000-sq.-ft. finishing facility; along with TruExterior output, it will support continued product line development with Boral’s Innovation Factory, including the 8-in. and 10-in. Bevel Siding profiles due this fall.

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Agency confirms solid first quarter aggregate, cement consumption figures

Sources: U.S. Geological Survey; CP staff

The principal federal agency tracking sand & gravel, crushed stone and portland cement shipments reports double-digit gains for each material during the first quarter of 2016 as measured against prior year figures. The U.S. Geological Survey confirms these year-over-year 2016 Q1 trends: sand & gravel, 173 million metric tons (mt), +10 percent; crushed stone, 270 million mt, +21 percent; and, portland cement, +14 percent.

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LafargeHolcim eyes production homebuilders via wall system developer alliance

Sources: Lafarge North America, Chicago; CP staff

An agreement between LafargeHolcim and Phoenix-based HercuTech Inc. positions Lafarge North America, Holcim (US) and Aggregate Industries to market and support production of HercuTech, a plant-fabricated, high performance insulated concrete wall system suited to residential and light commercial applications.

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