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Texas attorney spins novel challenge to batch plant expansion

Sources: Office of Harris County (Texas) Attorney Vince Ryan, Houston; CP staff

A recently filed lawsuit to block placement of a second batch plant at the Concrete Pros Ready Mix Inc. site in southeast Houston has Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan testing for the first time the applicability of a Texas public nuisance law—often used to shut down illegal game rooms, massage parlors, smoke shops, and motels that permit prostitution—to construction materials production. 

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ACI replaces Concrete Convention with Virtual Committee Days

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

To ensure their technical work proceeds on schedule despite cancellation of the American Concrete Institute spring convention, ACI committees will host nearly 300 online meetings over a March 28–April 2 schedule. Each meeting will follow the Central Daylight Time schedule that had been set for the broader Institute gathering near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. A full list of the virtual meetings is posted at www.ACIConvention.org.  

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Strand-Tech asset deal builds Insteel footprint in prestressed

Source: Insteel Industries Inc., Mount Airy, N.C.

Insteel Wire Products Co. has acquired the assets of Strand-Tech Manufacturing Inc. Management plans to close the company's Summerville, S.C., operation by the end of third quarter, then shift its prestressed concrete strand production equipment to existing Insteel fabrication shops in Florida, Tennessee and Texas. 

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Quikrete, Oak Ridge Lab team on 3D-printed concrete R&D

Sources; Quikrete Companies, Atlanta; CP staff

Quikrete and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, have entered a cooperative research and development agreement to design next-generation concrete for production of large-scale structures or elements through a 3D printing process. Using an Oak Ridge-developed additive manufacturing system, the two-phase, two-year collaboration will target specially-formulated mixes spawning new construction capabilities.

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New Volvo VHD leads ConExpo-Con/Agg Class 8 truck rollouts

Sources: Volvo Trucks North America, Greensboro, N.C.; CP staff

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 brought unveiling of the latest generation Volvo Trucks VHD, whose combination of structural upgrades plus safety and technological advances spell the most significant evolution of the manufacturer's vocational offering in decades. 

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