Urban center harbors first Brickworks North American Design Studio

grand opening North American Brickworks Design Studio

Source: Brickworks North America Corp., Wyomissing, Pa. The parent company of brick specialist Glen-Gery Corp. has opened its first design studio this side of the Pacific, offering the Philadelphia architectural and design community an experience to collaborate on projects, select from a broad portfolio of high-end, stylish clay masonry units, and host industry or networking events. The facility joins six…

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Investors set $4 billion Construction Supply Group, White Cap merger

Sources: Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, New York; HD Supply Holdings, Inc., Atlanta; CP staff

Two private equity fund managers have outlined a transaction creating a powerhouse in concrete and masonry construction accessories and supplies. Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) will acquire HD Supply’s Construction & Industrial segment, better known as White Cap and including the Home Improvement Solutions and Brafasco businesses, then pursue a merger of that entity with Construction Supply Group (CSG). Based in Denver, the latter is a portfolio company of Sterling Group, a Houston investor that has acquired concrete and masonry contractor centers since chartering the business in 2016 with Minnesota’s Brock White. 

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C-I-P, precast, masonry surface finish

Meadow-Patch Smooth-Grade is a one-component, polymer-modified formulation imparting an ultra-smooth finish on precast, cast-in-place, tilt-up and other plain concrete surfaces or concrete masonry. The cement-based, sand-free material, product developers note, offers superior adhesion and durability; contains no added gypsum; allows vapor to readily pass through the surface; makes troweled applications easy with its smooth consistency; and, offers an extended pot life that allows for an increased working time over traditional concrete surface finishers.

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Masonry, mortar tasks spur discussion of OSHA silica rule revisions

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The 26-member Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) has formally requested the Occupational Safety and Health Administration revise the Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica – Specified Exposure Control Methods standard (silica rule), thereby expanding compliance options and recognizing sub-threshold dust levels typical of masonry sawing and mortar mixing.

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Masonry, mortar tasks frame case for OSHA silica rule revisions

Sources: Construction Industry Safety Coalition, Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The 26-member Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) has formally requested the Occupational Safety and Health Administration revise the Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica – Specified Exposure Control Methods standard (silica rule), thereby expanding compliance options and recognizing sub-threshold dust levels typical of masonry sawing and mortar mixing.

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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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Natural stone leader Polycor adds Indiana’s Elliott Stone

Source: Polycor Inc., Quebec City

A top player in natural stone, Polycor continues its growth program with the acquisition of Elliott Stone Company Inc., Bedford, Ind.-based quarrier and fabricator of Indiana limestone. The deal expands Polycor’s ability to deliver the most comprehensive offering of natural stone building products for the hardscapes and masonry segments.

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