New Command Alkon branding conveys ‘amazing’ message

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

A reimagined brand, story and logo establish a new identity for Command Alkon and include a mantra, “Together We Build Amazing,” capturing the essence of “the why” for people across heavy building materials production. The move celebrates what management notes is “the commitment from contractors, concrete producers, raw material suppliers and haulers to drive digital transformation—marking a meaningful moment for the industry, the company, and the people who collectively build our world.”

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Louisiana terminal extends Charah Class F, C ash MultiSource network

Sources: Charah LLC, Louisville, Ky.; CP staff

The largest independent coal ash processor and marketer has added a Sulphur, La., terminal to a distribution system of multiple sourcing locations across the country, aimed at ensuring concrete producers and other customers a steady and reliable supply of Class C and Class F fly ash. The new site offers Greater Lake Charles/Sulfur Area producers Class F fly ash, and is Charah’s second barge-supplied location in southern Louisiana—alongside a LaPlace terminal serving in state, Mississippi and Alabama accounts.

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U.S. Concrete burrows deeper into the Big Apple via Jenna, Kings deals

Jenna

Texas-based U.S. Concrete, Inc. continues a New York City market roll up, closing last month on asset transactions involving Jenna Concrete Corp., Bronx, and Kings Ready Mix, Brooklyn. With two plants and 52-mixer fleet, Jenna Concrete has established a presence over 25 years, supplying ready mixed to commercial and residential building projects in its Bronx home base and the neighboring borough of Manhattan. Kings Ready Mix runs 60-plus mixers from four plants, and maintains a leading stake in non-union, low- and mid-rise building jobs across Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

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McInnis Cement sites first U.S. terminal at Port of Providence

Sources: McInnis Cement, Montreal; CP staff

Rhode Island and Providence officials joined McInnis Cement executives for an early-August groundbreaking at the deep-water Port of Providence, where the producer is building a 30,000-plus ton capacity terminal linked to its Port-Daniel-Gascons mill under construction in eastern Quebec.

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Concrete, cement producers and allies reinforce SCC, Sustainability program

Source: CP staff

The co-located 6th North American Conference on Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC2016) and 11th International Concrete Sustainability Conferences will draw some of the world’s leading authorities on high performance materials and sustainable practices. Key suppliers and service providers to North American concrete producers will contribute to a deep program, speakers and presentations including:

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Evidence dearth sinks antitrust inquiry of European cement leaders

Sources: European Commission, Brussels; CP staff

Citing “evidence not sufficiently conclusive,” the European Commission has closed a four-and-a-half-year investigation of integrated cement and concrete producers serving Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom.

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NRMCA debuts Improving Concrete Quality course

Geared to concrete producers, material suppliers, engineers, testing labs and contractors, a new one-day course explores ways to quantify tangible and intangible benefits attributable to improving quality. Modeled on National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s new publication Improving Concrete Quality, it premiers Wednesday, October 15 in Silver Spring, Md. 

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Formwork extends traditional block profile

Beton Block USA

Company has broadened the concept behind armor-type block units cast with 1-yd. of fresh concrete or returned mixes. Betonblock USA molds are made of high-strength, low-alloy steel and finished with a powder coating for long-term durability. They allow ready mixed and precast concrete producers to cast large, stackable block for stockpile divider and property walls, plus structural retaining walls.

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NRMCA sets Improving Concrete Quality course debut

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Geared to concrete producers, material suppliers, engineers, testing labs and contractors, a new one-day course explores ways to quantify tangible and intangible benefits attributable to improving quality. Modeled on NRMCA’s new publication Improving Concrete Quality, it premiers Wednesday, October 15 in Silver Spring, Md.

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Container optimizes testing of best curing ways and means

The container affords producers a unique, portable solution to pinpointing the most effective steam or hot air curing regimen for concrete masonry and precast.

Pathfinder Systems has added to its CureTec offerings a test container with which manufactured-concrete producers can determine the ideal conditions—notably air, steam and temperature settings, and schedules—for curing products and structures. The test container contains a steam generator, plus warm air and mist systems, which can be run individually or together. It is available for rent to test product and many different types of atmospheres and temperatures.

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