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Sources: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.; CP staff

A memorandum of understanding positions Caterpillar and Australia-based Fastbrick Robotics to collaborate on development, manufacturing, sales and servicing of the latter company’s bricklaying technology. Effective for 12 months, it will see Caterpillar take a $2 million stake in Fastbrick Robotics, potentially followed by an additional $8 million investment.

Sources: Gage Brothers, Sioux Falls, S.D.; CP staff

Gage Bros. is targeting a 2019 opening for an advanced, 210,000-sq.-ft. headquarters operation in Sioux Falls, where it was founded in 1915 and presently has precast/prestressed concrete production spread across 16 buildings on 30 acres.

Sources: Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio; CP staff

Owens Corning Infrastructure Solutions has acquired Aslan FRP, the concrete reinforcement business of Nebraska-based Hughes Brothers, Inc. Aslan produces and markets glass and carbon FRP (fiber reinforced polymer) products, also known as composite rebar, used to reinforce concrete in new or retrofit projects.

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

The new ASTM C1856/C1856M–17 Standard Practice for Fabricating and Testing Specimens of Ultra-High Performance Concrete covers requisite procedures for a material increasingly specified in bridge deck closures, thin-section architectural precast concrete elements, and high-end, decorative furnishings or components.

Sources: Charah LLC, Louisville, Ky.

Charah will step up Class F fly ash supply capabilities to Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky concrete and cement producers through an exclusive agreement to market coal combustion products (CCP) from the Hoosier Energy Merom Generating Station in western Indiana. The contract is the latest a series supporting the company’s MultiSource terminal and processing site network.