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Volvo, limestone producer test autonomous on/off-highway truck

Sources: Volvo Truck Corp., Goteborg, Sweden; CP staff

Volvo Trucks North America’s European parent has entered an agreement to equip Norway limestone producer Brønnøy Kalk AS with six dump body-bearing Volvo FH cabover models programmed for driverless operation. Following individual vehicle demonstrations this year, the fleet will be deployed in 2019 to haul rock from underground mine to crusher, navigating a three-mile route of tunnels and outdoor roads at the direction of a wheel loader operator. 

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Report tracks green building escalation among A/E/C pros, clients

Sources: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York; CP staff

A new report based on surveys of 2,000-plus architects, engineers, contractors, owners, consultants and real estate investors from 86 countries indicates significant international market growth for green construction projects in the last 10 years and demand for such building activity continuing to climb. Dodge Data & Analytics’ World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report finds that green building principles will factor into more than 60 percent of survey participant projects by 2021. 

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Glen-Gery ushers Australia’s Brickworks into North America

Sources: Glen-Gery Corp., Wyomissing, Pa.; CP staff

A major player in U.S. brick production and distribution is set to change hands by year’s end as its parent company focuses on core United Kingdom markets. Ibstock plc of Leicestershire, England, has entered into an agreement to sell Glen-Gery Corp. to Brickworks Ltd. of New South Wales, Australia, for $110 million.

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Oldcastle Infrastructure builds on a charter platform via Valley Precast

Sources: Oldcastle Infrastructure, Atlanta; CP staff

Oldcastle Infrastructure has acquired Caldwell, Idaho-based Valley Precast Inc., which produces underground concrete structures for environmental and energy applications. The deal positions Oldcastle Infrastructure, Nampa—located in close proximity to Valley Precast and the capital city of Boise—as Idaho water management market leader, while expanding its energy products stake and marking the producer’s on-site wastewater segment entry. 

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Sunroc extends Utah portfolio in Tri-County Concrete asset deal

Sources: Clyde Cos., St. George, Utah; CP staff

Clyde Companies’ flagship aggregates, ready mixed, masonry and construction services business, Sunroc Corp., has expanded its Northern Utah region, acquiring the assets of Tri-County Concrete. Based in Roosevelt, east of Salt Lake City, Tri-County supplies construction aggregates and ready-mixed concrete to municipalities, contractors and do-it-yourself project customers in Utah's Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett counties. Employees will continue in their current positions with Sunroc, led by Operations Manager Clint Gardner.

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