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NPCA Board taps DOT, White House veteran to succeed staff chief Gable

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

NPCA directors have appointed Frederick Grubbe, MBA, CAE, successor to President and CEO Ty Gable, who will cap 25-plus years at the group with a previously announced year-end retirement. Effective January 2020, Grubbe will lead staff, programs and activities to ensure objectives are attained, plans fulfilled, and member needs met. He will work with directors on developing the strategic plan and maintaining effective internal and external relationships.

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New ACI committee to pursue precast structural code

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

ACI Committee 319, Precast Structural Concrete Code will host its inaugural meeting October 19 during the American Concrete Institute Fall Convention in Cincinnati. As committee chair, University of Minnesota, Duluth Professor of Civil Engineering Andrea Schokker will steer development of building code requirements that address the unique aspects of precast and prestressed concrete.

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FHWA sunsets rule restricting proprietary product procurement

Sources: Federal Highway Administration; CP staff

Effective October 28, Federal Highway Administration is lifting U.S. Department of Transportation regulations greatly limiting state contracting agencies from using federal dollars to acquire patented or proprietary materials, products or services for road and bridge work. 

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Cemex releases eco-friendly cement solution

Cemex USA has announced a new durable and environmental friendly product that enhances the quality of concrete. CEMSlag is currently available for immediate use in southern and northern California, with the potential to expand based on the availability of recovered slag.

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A-Lok, Seaman parlay corrosion resistance technology for precast

Sources: A-Lok Products, Inc., Tullytown, Pa.; Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio; CP staff

Seaman Corp. has entered a strategic alliance that will see its XR Quikliner membrane distributed through A-Lok Products, a key player in underground precast connectors, gaskets and accessories. A prefabricated PVC alloy with polypropylene fiber backing, the Quikliner is based on XR-5 technology, which has been deployed for 40-plus years in geomembrane conditions subject to harsh environments. 

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