St. Louis-based Afinitas has promoted Matt Childs to vice president of Sales, Americas for the HawkeyePedershaab-BFS equipment and automation sales organization. He joined the company in 2017 as vice president of Sales, North America.

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Construction Materials deal raises distributor CSG’s Southeast stake

Sources: Construction Supply Group, Denver; CP staff

Construction Supply Group has closed on Montgomery, Ala.-based Construction Materials, a concrete contractor-centric wholesaler with seven Florida, four Alabama and two Texas branches, plus others in Jackson, Miss., Atlanta and Nashville. 

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Coalition maps Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator launch

Sources: Carbon Leadership Forum, Seattle; CP staff

In partnership with 30-plus architectural, engineering and construction entities, the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) has scheduled release of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator, or EC3, with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, November 19-22 in Atlanta. The open source tool will equip architects, engineers, owners, construction companies, building material suppliers and policy makers to compare and reduce construction materials’ embodied carbon emissions.

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Concrete defies construction input price drop

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.

An Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index (PPI) data indicates that construction input prices decreased 1.3 percent on both a monthly and year-over-year basis, the latter metric representing the first such occurrence in nearly three years.

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Command Alkon’s Ken Robinson, 1934-2019

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; The Birmingham News

Command Alkon has announced the late-April passing of co-founder and former executive chairman Kenneth G. Robinson II, honoring him as “an extraordinarily talented and accomplished entrepreneur” whose “belief in people being instrumental to the company’s success was recognized in his compassion for the business and its employees, together steering it through shared challenges and accomplishments.”

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Carmeuse tests vertical integration in Yager Materials deal

Sources: Carmeuse Lime & Stone, Pittsburgh; CP staff

Carmeuse Lime & Stone has acquired Owensboro, Ky.-based Yager Materials, whose operations span a Meade County quarry; an Ohio River sand & gravel dredging business; three aggregate yards; four ready mixed concrete and two asphalt plants; liquid asphalt terminal; grade and drain division; plus, marine barge construction and repair division.

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Transit Mix deal expands LafargeHolcim Front Range footprint

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; CP staff

LafargeHolcim has acquired the ready mixed and aggregates production assets of Transit Mix Concrete Co., a subsidiary of Continental Materials Corp., in a $27 million deal. Transit Mix has a payroll of 180-plus, serves the Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colo., markets, and reported adjusted 2017 revenues of $63 million. 

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Hazard mitigation study paints outsized ROI for I-Codes compliance

Sources: National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A new National Institute of Building Sciences report highlights the significant savings realized from implementing mitigation strategies in terms of safety, property loss prevention, and day-to-day life disruption. The project team behind the Interim Report on the Value of Mitigation weighs the benefits of designing homes and buildings to meet the 2018 International Residential and International Building Codes versus the prior generation of codes reflecting 1990s-era practice and National Flood Insurance Program requirements. 

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Knife River adds South Dakota’s Sweetman/Concrete Materials

Sources: MDU Resources Group Inc., Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff

MDU Resources has closed on Sweetman Const. Co., an integrated ready mixed, aggregates and asphalt producer serving the Sioux Falls, S.D., market and operating as Concrete Materials Co. The company and its 260 employees join the North Central Region—Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska—of MDU’s Knife River Corp. construction materials subsidiary. 

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AGC: Materials cost increases outpace contractor bid adjustments

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Prices for goods and services used in construction climbed 6.2 percent over the past year, intensifying a cost squeeze on contractors coping with widespread labor shortages, according to an AGC analysis of new Labor Department data, including Producer Price Index (PPI) figures tracking a August 2017–August 2018 trajectory.  

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