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ACI begins SCC Testing Technician certification

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

ACI’s newest certification program tests individuals’ technical knowledge on self-consolidating concrete mixes and ability to correctly perform five ASTM Standard Test Methods: C1610, Static Segregation of SCC Using Column Technique; C1611, Slump Flow of SCC; C1621, Passing Ability of SCC by J-Ring; C1712, Rapid Assessment of Static Segregation Resistance of SCC Using Penetration Test; and, C175, Fabrication of a Test Specimen with SCC. The Self-Consolidating Concrete Testing Technician certification program consists of written and performance exams; valid for five years, it is offered through ACI’s global network of 120-plus sponsoring groups in local practitioner communities. 

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MDU rolls Minnesota’s Tri-City Paving into Knife River operations

Source: MDU Resources Group, Inc., Bismarck, N.D.

MDU Resources has acquired Little Falls, Minn.-based Tri-City Paving, Inc., a general contractor and ready mixed concrete, aggregate and asphalt producer. Management views it as an established company whose service area, strong aggregate supply and vertically integrated business model make it a strategic fit for the Knife River Corp. construction materials subsidiary.

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Commission investigates dumping of quartz surface products from China

Sources: Cambria Company, LLC, LeSuer, Minn.; CP staff

Responding to Cambria Co. petitions that allege dumping of slab and fabricated quartz surface products from China, the five-member U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a unanimous preliminary determination of injury and will continue investigation of company claims. A key player in high quartz content (> 90 percent) slabs used for countertops and premium interior furnishings, family-owned Cambria petitioned ITC and the U.S. Department of Commerce in April. 

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Early World of Concrete 2019 metrics bode well for attendees, exhibitors

Sources: Informa Exhibitions, U.S., Dallas; CP staff

In its recently completed space draw for World of Concrete 2019, show management secured 970-plus exhibitors booking more than 676,000 net square feet of Las Vegas Convention Center indoor and outdoor space. With seven months remaining until the January 22-25 gathering, Informa Exhibitions anticipates significant growth over the 2018 staging, which drew 58,000 registered professionals and 1,564 manufacturers, suppliers or service providers occupying nearly 750,000 square feet.

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Construction Supply acquires Williams Equipment, Richform Construction

Sources: The Sterling Group, Houston; CP staff

Private equity-backed Construction Supply Group has acquired Williams Equipment & Supply and Richform Construction Supply, further growing a portfolio of regional distributors or dealers supplying accessories, materials and tools for concrete and masonry contractors. 

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