MANUFACTURERS – JANUARY 2019

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Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, S.A.B. de C.V. reports ramp up of a 440,000-metric-ton capacity expansion of its Rapid City, S.D., cement plant. Work at the Dacotah mill began in 2016, with a total investment of just over $100 million. The expansion increases the plant’s production capacity to 1,167,000 mt and is expected to reduce variable production costs. Tie-in of the new facilities was completed in late November, while production—suspended during that phase—has resumed and the new facilities are in the stabilization process.

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NCMA launches segmental retaining wall survey

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

Columbus, Ohio-based market researcher Industry Insights is conducting the 2017 Segmental Retaining Wall Sales Survey, geared to tracking the growth and trajectory of product in residential, commercial and department of transportation applications, including fences and seat walls.

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NCMA/ICPI Safety Award entry deadline nears

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

The 2015 National Concrete Masonry Association/Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute Safety Awards Program call for entries runs through April 15. It is open to producer and associate member facilities with production or manufacturing personnel as reported on Occupational Safety and Health Administration 300A logs or Canadian agency equivalents.

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Sound-construction proponents salute Safe Building, FEMA Reform Acts

Source: BuildStrong Coalition, Washington, D.C.

The National Concrete Masonry Association – and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-backed BuildStrong Coalition has endorsed the Safe Building Code Incentive Act (H.R. 1748), providing additional disaster relief assistance to states that adopt and enforce strong code measures. Uniform, statewide adoption and enforcement of model building codes helps to eliminate long-term risks affecting people, property, the environment and ultimately the economy, the Coalition contends.

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NCMA launches Concrete Products University Online

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

A Level 1 overview and three courses populate the charter offering of NCMA’s on-demand portal for materials, construction and systems education: Concrete Products University Online (CPU Online), which went live during the group’s 2015 convention in San Antonio.

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ASTM publishes Product Category Rules for Concrete Masonry Products

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

An NCMA-led team of producers and allied interests has finalized “Product Category Rules for Preparing an Environmental Product Declaration for Manufactured Concrete and Concrete Masonry Products.” The 21-page document presents baseline data for life cycle assessments producers detail in Environmental Product Declarations.

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Ace brewer paves Piedmont path

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A nearly 150,000-sq.-ft. permeable paver installation at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. satellite operation in Mills River, N.C., took Concrete Paver–Permeable–Commercial honors in the 2014 Hardscape North America Project Awards, sponsored by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association and Brick Industry Association.

 
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ORGANIZATIONS – December 2014

The National Concrete Masonry Association has promoted Dominick Dowds, staff engineer, to Research and Development Lab manager. He replaces Nick Lang, who becomes director of Research and Development. Additionally, NCMA administrative assistant Mahsheed Ferdowsyan has been promoted to staff accountant.

 
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