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Labor Board revisits bargaining relationships in construction

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has released near-term National Labor Relations Board rulemaking priorities, led by the agency’s current assessment of representation case procedures; standards for blocking charges, voluntary recognition, and the formation of National Labor Relations Act Section 9(a) bargaining relationships in the construction industry; and, standards for access to an employer’s private property.

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New digital tools steer LafargeHolcim customer experience

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; CP staff

Recognizing that digitization and adoption of new technology are critical to helping contractors take advantage of growth projected for the U.S. construction business, LafargeHolcim is transforming its customer experience with the launch of three device or desktop solutions, each part of an ongoing strategy to improve engagement, streamline interactions, optimize projects, and bring added convenience to customers:

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Eagle Materials outlines proposed cement, wallboard business split

Sources: Eagle Materials Inc., Dallas; CP staff

A strategic portfolio review initiated in early April has spawned a board-approved plan to separate Eagle Materials’ principal businesses, portland cement and wallboard production, into independent, publicly traded corporations. The proposed separation is scheduled for completion during the first half of 2020, and will entail a tax-free spin-off of stock in Heavy Materials and Light Materials entities to Eagle shareholders.

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Corps of Engineers issues global license for its patented UHPC

Sources: Cor-Tuf, Manassas, Va.; CP staff

Cor-Tuf UHPC has secured a worldwide license for production of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-patented ultra-high performance concrete, which develops up to 28,000 psi compressive and 2,700 psi tensile strengths. The Corps researched and formulated the product (US patent No. US 8016938 B2) to address the Defense Department’s demand for a strong, resilient material suited to blast- or intrusion-prone personnel and weapons facilities.

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Mixed signals: Commercial project volume vs. overall economy

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The Associated Builders and Contractors monthly Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) of nonresidential building activity expanded to 9.5 months in March 2019, up 0.7 months or 8.8 percent from the prior month, when it stood at 8.8 months and hovered its highest level in series history. 

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