EPA revisits SCM in procurement guidelines; honors CalPortland and Cemex

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has opened a public comment period through July 6 on the Agency’s current list of 61 items that are or can be made from recovered materials in eight Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) categories, plus recommendations to federal agencies on purchasing such items. The largest category, Construction Products, includes blended cement or concrete containing fly ash, ground granulated blast furnace slag and silica fume.

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Cemex outlines double-digit CO2 emissions reduction plan through 2030

Source: Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico

A new Climate Action strategy positions Cemex to clip net specific carbon dioxide emissions 35 percent across a global cement, concrete and aggregates enterprise against a 1990 baseline level. The producer defined an additional double-digit percent reduction target for the decade ahead on top of a 22-plus percent CO2 emissions cut realized since climate change concerns gained prominence and spotlighted carbon-intensive sectors. 

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CTLGroup, PCA Cement & Concrete Campus draw familiar suitor

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Barco Investment Group has acquired Construction Technology Laboratories, Inc. (CTLGroup), the for-profit Portland Cement Association subsidiary, along with the Skokie, Ill., campus that has served as PCA headquarters since 1968. CTLGroup began as the group’s research and development arm in 1916, and was designated an independent engineering, research, and laboratory consulting firm in 1987.

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ORGANIZATIONS – NOVEMBER 2019

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The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has named 2019 Excellence in Quality Awards recipients. The program recognizes producers that follow and exceed quality management principles guiding materials, production processes and delivered loads. Honored during the group’s ConcreteWorks conference last month in Florida were:

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Cemex expedites aggregate ordering, delivery via Quarry Link app

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Following a successful pilot of order loading and tracking at the FEC Quarry outside Miami, Cemex USA is rolling out a major extension of its Go mobile technology platform, launched in 2017 for concrete accounts with an eye to digital transformation of the heavy building materials business. Measured against current methods, the Go Quarry Link app enables customers to receive aggregate orders with greater efficiency and provides real-time truck monitoring plus better product visibility and loadout processes.

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Cemex, Eagle Materials announce $665M Kosmos Cement asset deal

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; Eagle Materials Inc., Dallas; CP staff

The latest measure narrowing the Cemex USA portfolio to concrete, aggregate and cement operations in coastal or southern border states will see an asset sale involving Kentucky’s Kosmos Cement Co., seven distribution terminals plus raw material reserves to Dallas-based Eagle Materials Inc. As a 75/25 partner with Buzzi Unicem S.p.A. in Kosmos Cement, whose Louisville flagship has a 1.7-million ton/year capacity, Cemex will realize an estimated $499 million from the transaction. 

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Cemex aims to dump idle truck time through Quarry Link app

Sources: Cemex USA, Houston; CP staff

Following a successful pilot of expedited order loading and tracking at its FEC Quarry outside Miami, Cemex USA is rolling out a major extension of its Go mobile technology platform, launched in 2017 for concrete accounts with an eye to digital transformation of the heavy building materials business. Measured against current methods, the Go Quarry Link app enables customers to receive aggregate orders with greater efficiency and provides real-time truck monitoring plus better product visibility and loadout processes. 

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Cemex sales veteran Philipps to replace NRMCA chief Garbini

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

The NRMCA Board has appointed Michael Philipps as successor to Robert Garbini, who will retire as staff president at the conclusion of the association’s 2019 convention, March 5-7 in Tampa. Philipps will arrive with 30-plus years in concrete and construction, most recently serving as vice president of Business Development, Construction Materials, for Sandler Training. He previously held vice president-level sales development, management or executive positions with Cemex USA and W.R. Grace & Co.’s Grace Performance Chemicals Division.

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