Energy Star cement mills log Btu savings by the trillions

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

Thirteen portland cement plants earned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Certification for 2019: Alamo Cement Co., San Antonio; Argos USA, Calera, Ala. and Harleyville, S.C.; Ash Grove Cement, Seattle; Buzzi Unicem USA, Festus, Mo. and Chattanooga, Tenn.; CalPortland Co., Rillito, Ariz.; Cemex USA, Brooksville and Miami, Fla.; GCC of America, Pueblo, Colo.; Salt River Materials, Clarkdale, Ariz.; plus, Titan America, Medley, Fla. and Troutville, Va. 

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Eagle Roofing expands Sunshine State tile production, distribution

Source: Eagle Roofing Products, Rialto, Calif.

Eagle Roofing projects a spring 2020 completion for a 90,000-sq.-ft. addition to its Sumterville, Fla., operation. The massive enclosure will provide space for a fourth high-speed concrete tile production line, plus added storage for raw materials and a growing component offering, led by the new Eagle Armor by APOC self-adhered underlayment. 

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Injury, illness survey shows 10K cases in concrete, cement production

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; CP staff

New Bureau of Labor Statistics data and estimates show private industry employers reported 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2017, down nearly 46,000 cases from the prior year and equating to a rate of 2.8 cases per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. 

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Meadow Burke embraces new headquarters efficiencies

Sources: Meadow Burke, Riverview, Fla.; CP staff

Meadow Burke has consolidated its manufacturing, distribution, engineering, and business support functions into a new facility located eight miles from downtown Tampa. Construction of the 48,000-sq.-ft. building consisted of 84 tilt-up concrete panels along with company hardware including Super Lift III Inserts, Slab Brace Bolts and B-75 Wall Brace Inserts.

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Manufacturing, utility projects temper 2016 construction start figures

Total construction starts last year advanced 1 percent to $676.5 billion, a considerably smaller gain than the 11 percent increase reported for 2015, according to Dodge Data & Analytics, New York. If the volatile manufacturing plant and electric utility/gas plant categories are excluded, total 2016 construction starts would be up 4 percent, depicting a more gradual deceleration relative to the corresponding 9 percent increase in 2015.

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Manufacturing, utility, energy sectors temper 2016 construction start figures

Sources: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York; CP staff

Total 2016 construction starts advanced 1 percent to $676.5 billion, a considerably smaller gain than the 11 percent increase reported for 2015, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. If the volatile manufacturing and electric utility/gas plant categories are excluded, last year’s total construction starts would be up 4 percent, depicting a more gradual deceleration relative to the corresponding 9 percent year-over-year increase in 2015.

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Lead forecaster confirms positive construction trends

Source: FMI, Raleigh, N.C.

In its Q1-2014 Construction Outlook, management consulting and investment banking services provider FMI tracks construction put-in-place activity, projected at 8 percent growth this year over 2013, and offers an early gauge on key sectors:

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