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Key shareholder presses Eagle to weigh cement, wallboard business split

Sources: Sachem Head Capital Management LP, New York; CP staff

An investment manager holding just under 9 percent of Eagle Materials common stock, Sachem Head LP, is encouraging shareholders to support two director nominees toward the Dallas-based cement, aggregate, concrete and wallboard producer’s early-August annual meeting. Board representation would enable the firm to act on concerns principals have raised over investor confidence in Eagle Materials’ asset mix.

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Construction Supply Group adds ecommerce site, four California branches

Sources: The Sterling Group, Houston; CP staff

Thirty months into a rollup plan centered on distributors of specialty materials, accessories and tools for U.S. and Canadian concrete and masonry contractors, private equity-backed Construction Supply Group has surpassed the 100-branch threshold. The Denver-based company has acquired Best Materials, a Phoenix-based ecommerce platform, plus Advantage Construction Supply and Spec-West Concrete Systems, both of California.

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Clark Pacific panel system optimizes envelope labor, material sourcing

Sources: Clark Pacific, Sacramento, Calif.; CP staff

Precast/prestressed producer Clark Pacific presents its new Infinite Panel as a complete building envelope system that redefines how owners and design teams approach façades. It meets or exceeds California Building Standards Code (Title 24) water, vapor, sound and fire code requirements; affords architects and designers flexibility in precast concrete and glazing or window combinations; and, paves the way for owners and design-build teams to take advantage of prefabricated systems for reduced costs, increased efficiency and less risk.

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PCA report delves resilient construction at big picture, granular levels

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

A new PCA report presents historical data, evidence from external sources, and structural material comparisons supporting the premise: Cast-in-place or precast concrete, or concrete masonry construction methods lead to longer lasting buildings owing to their ability to stand up to normal wear and tear plus resistance to extreme weather events.

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Research Council funds carbon calculator, recycled aggregate projects

Source: American Concrete Institute Foundation, Farmington Hills, Mich. 

The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) has announced grants for six projects this year, including two with environmental themes: “Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator Tool,” led by Kathrina Simonen of the University of Washington-hosted Carbon Leadership Forum, and Phil Northcott, C-Change Labs; and, “Effective Characterizations of Recycled Concrete Aggregate for Concrete Applications,” led by Jiong Hu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Tara Cavalline, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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