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Survey finds increasing equilibrium in mixer driver recruitment, demand

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

The NRMCA Mixer Driver Recruitment & Retention Survey shows an improved, year-over-year outlook for ready mixed concrete producers to maintain a healthy delivery professional pool. In 2019, 47 percent of respondents turned away orders due to lack of mixer truck drivers, down from 60 percent in 2018. The number of producers citing mixer driver vacancies dropped from 95 percent to 87 percent over the same window. 

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Slag Cement Product Category Rule comment period opens

Sources: Slag Cement Association, Farmington Hills, Mich.

The Slag Cement Association is finalizing the next version of a Product Category Rule informing ground granulated blast furnace slag producers' Environmental Product Declarations.

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Software, IoT devices complete ready mixed dispatch-plant-truck link

Sources: Complete Load Solutions, Chicago; CP staff

A Chicago-based technology developer aims to eliminate load-out errors and maximize ready mixed concrete plant production through a patent-backed program and Internet of Things device platform enabling full realization of communications links between ready mixed concrete dispatch software, batch software, and mixer trucks.

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Major general contractors crowdsource best safety practices

Sources: Swinerton, San Francisco; CP staff

Swinerton is the latest general contractor to join the NEXT Coalition, through which leading critical infrastructure and construction stakeholders promote and share industry safety best practices. Black & Veatch, DPR Construction, Haskell, McCarthy Building and Swinerton are leveraging deep expertise in a campaign to ensure the well-being of crews and office team members facing complex challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak.

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LafargeHolcim grows EPD library, shrinks concrete and cement carbon intensities

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; CP staff

To address calls for streamlining embodied carbon in private and public work, LafargeHolcim plans to issue Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) covering shipments from its U.S. Aggregates and Construction Materials (ACM) and Cement businesses. It will enlist top auditors and EPD Program Operators to prepare, verify and host a library of ready mixed concrete or cement declarations abiding the latest criteria for quantifying carbon dioxide emissions throughout raw material, processing, delivery and finishing phases. 

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