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Lafarge Canada veteran Thibault heads realigned LH Region North America

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

LafargeHolcim has elevated René Thibault from Western Canada chief executive officer to the post of Head Region North America and Executive Committee member. He succeeds Pascal Casanova, who is leaving the producer after serving as the charter head of post-merger, North American Lafarge and Holcim businesses.

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Tindall elevates Force to CEO, next Lowndes generation to chairman

Sources: Tindall Corp., Spartanburg, S.C.; CP staff

Tindall President and Chief Operating Officer Greg Force has been named chief executive officer, while Vice Chairman William Lowndes IV transitions to chairman of the board. Force has served as president and COO since 2004 after joining the producer in 1988. A past (2012) Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute chairman and PCI Titan of the Industry (2014), he holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Georgia College and State University.

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PCI opens Fire Resistance standard to comment, clarifies prescriptive vs. rational design

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

PCI is accepting comments through January 31 on the proposed Specification for Fire Resistance of Precast/Prestressed Concrete. The PCI MNL 124-18 standard will update 2011 design procedures and address two precast/prestressed concrete engineering approaches: “calculated” fire resistance, encompassing prescriptive provisions with tables for selecting concrete mass or protection of steel; and, “rational design,” a true fire resistance calculation procedure referenced in PCI manuals and the charter International Building Code (2000).

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Forterra prevails in court challenge to HeidelbergCement affiliate claims

Sources: Forterra Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff

Delaware Court of Chancery has granted Forterra attorneys’ motion to dismiss a lawsuit that HeidelbergCement AG affiliates had filed over earn-out contingency fees tied to the $1.2 billion sale of the former Hanson Building Materials. Terms called for buyer Lone Star Fund IX (U.S.), L.P. to pay an additional sum for the 67-plant business, up to $100 million, depending on fiscal 2015 EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) thresholds.

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Laser tunnel’s HPC mixes stingy on aluminum, magnesium and silica

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

LafargeHolcim and Holcim Deutschland have formulated a series of high-performance concrete mixes for a 3.4-kilometer tunnel housing the world’s most powerful X-ray laser. Located near Hamburg, Germany, the European XFEL generates extremely intense X-ray flashes allowing researchers around the world to map atomic details of viruses, record chemical reactions, and study planets’ interior processes.

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