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NPCA sets October window for national Precast Days activities

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

The National Precast Concrete Association bills the inaugural Precast Days as an opportunity for producer members to provide engineers, specifiers, students, professors and the community at large with a personal, up-close look at their plant operations. The association has set up a portal through which members can choose a plant tour date during the last two weeks of October. 

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Researchers’ new LOI measurement increases fly ash supply

Sources: Penn State University, State College; CP staff

Penn State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers’ “Evaluation of Two-Atmosphere Thermogravimetric Analysis for Determining the Unburned Carbon Content in Fly Ash” has received the 2019 Outstanding Article Award by the ASTM International’s Advances in Civil Engineering Materials journal.

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Partnership ponders 3D-printed, graphene-dosed mixes

Sources: GrapheneCA, New York; CP staff

A memorandum of understanding sets the stage for GrapheneCA, a commercial scale producer of its namesake compound, to design an extruder and mixing system embedded into the 3D printing equipment of Apis Cor Co., San Francisco. Graphene is an advanced carbon agent emanating from nanotechnology and exhibits strong potential as a high-performance concrete admixture. 

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McInnis doubles Northeast terminals’ throughput, scouts new sites

Sources: McInnis Cement, Montreal; CP staff

A $500 million private capital refinancing positions McInnis Cement to continue ramping up terminal and rail distribution infrastructure throughout the Northeast. Outlays for 2019-20 adhere a market development plan attending the producer’s 2017 dedication of a 2 million-plus ton/year greenfield plant on the eastern reaches of Quebec. 

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