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System Pavers adds humanoid robot to hardscape project sales team

Sources: System Pavers, Santa Ana, Calif.; SoftBank Robotics America Inc., San Francisco; CP staff

One of southern California’s leading hardscape design and installation contractors is deploying Pepper, a 4-ft. humanoid robot programmed to answer homeowner questions about outdoor living and project possibilities, at its San Diego County Fair (June 1-July 4) and Orange County Fair (July 13-August 12) booths. 

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CRH Americas Products chief Haas to lead new Building Products division

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

Oldcastle Inc. parent CRH will consolidate its Americas Products franchises—Oldcastle Architectural, BuildingEnvelope, Precast—plus Europe Lightside and Distribution businesses in a new global Building Products division, effective January 2019. Americas Products President Keith Haas will lead the business, operating alongside Americas and Europe Materials divisions. Europe Lightside and Distribution President David Dillon will shift to Global Strategy & Business Development, maintaining his title and reporting to CRH CEO Albert Manifold. 

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BMC Enterprises closes on Mark Twain Redi Mix

Source: BMC Enterprises Inc., St. Louis; CP staff

Through its Eastern Missouri Concrete affiliate, BMC Enterprises has acquired Hannibal, Mo.-based Mark Twain Redi Mix, whose assets include four plants, 50 mixer trucks, and a bulk hauling division.

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Building, flatwork contractor’s tab nears $60K for H-2B, FLSA violations

Source: U.S. Department of Labor; CP staff

In the wake of a Labor Department Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Loveland, Colo.-based building and flatwork contractor Coloscapes Concrete Inc. has paid $21,750 in back wages and $31,496 in civil penalties to settle H-2B non-immigrant visa program violations, plus $6,454 to resolve Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping violations.

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NRMCA spreadsheet quantifies ‘Cost of Poor Quality’ concrete

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

The NRMCA Research, Engineering and Standards Committee has released a spreadsheet and guidance document with which producers can calculate the financial impact caused by deficiencies in raw materials, plant equipment and production.

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