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30-year Columbia Machine veteran Brown to head CP Division

Sources: Columbia Machine Inc., Vancouver, Wash.; CP staff

Kevin Brown will succeed Columbia Machine Concrete Products Division President Richard Armstrong, who ahead of a planned retirement will shift through year’s end to director of Business Development for Brazil, Bagging and East (North America) units.

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Besser names Suszek president; Curtis continues as CEO

Source: Besser Co., Alpena, Mich.; CP staff

Ryan Suszek will transition in April from Besser vice president of Pipe and Precast to president, succeeding Kevin Curtis and becoming the sixth individual to hold the title in the manufacturer’s 115-year history.

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USGS confirms 2018 cement, sand & gravel, stone shipment gains

Sources: U.S. Geological Survey; CP staff

Surveys from the federal agency closest to the construction materials supply chain indicate that portland and blended cement, sand & gravel and crushed stone producers closed 2018 with respective year-over-year shipment gains of 3 percent, 7 percent and 4 percent.

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Paving contractors endorse 20-year Interstate Renewal Plan

Source: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.

The American Concrete Pavement Association Board has approved a resolution formally supporting a new Transportation Research Board (TRB) report stating the case for annual investment of $45 billion to $70 billion to cover rebuilding of Interstate highway pavements and bridges. Proposed funding levels in “Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future” apply only to the Interstate portion of the overall Federal-aid highway system.

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FTC increases pre-merger notification $threshold

Source: U.S. Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission threshold at which a proposed transaction is subject to pre-merger filings increases from $84.4 million to $90 million, effective April.

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