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PVC interests’ jabs ductile iron

Source: PVC Pipe Association, Dallas

Emulating a national debt clock, a new website tracks a reported 800-plus water main breaks daily across North America. sponsor, the PVC Pipe Association, contends that corrosion of old-technology pipe materials remains the leading cause of water delivery and sewage treatment systems leaks and breaks, with an annual tab exceeding $3 billion. Accompanying cost data on the site are charts showing “break rates” and repair costs per 100 miles of installed water mains: 1.17 and $11,700 for PVC versus 15.87 and $158,700 for ductile iron.

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Tennessee regents elevate flagship CIM Program to department status

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

The charter Middle Tennessee State University Concrete Industry Management program will become a department July 1, continuing growth from its 1996 launch as a concentration under Industrial Technology, to its designation as a stand-alone major in 2004. The four-degree CIM Program will function next to nine other departments within the College of Basic and Applied Sciences.

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Guide assists small operators with crane and derricks rule

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide for Cranes and Derricks in Construction aims to help businesses comply with an August 2010 rule addressing the number of worker injuries and deaths linked to crane and derrick use in construction.

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Capital tops LEED-certified building space per capita

Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.

The District of Columbia and Nevada lead the USGBC’s 2010 list of the top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. The nation’s capital has 25 square feet of LEED-certified space per person, Nevada 10.92 square feet; New Mexico, New Hampshire and Oregon follow with 4 to 6 square feet. Rounding out the list, with LEED-certified space per capita in the 2.7 to 3.2 square feet range, are South Carolina, Washington, Illinois, Arkansas, Colorado and Minnesota.

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Willems takes helm at Spancrete Machinery

Sources: Spancrete Group, Waukesha, Wis.; CP staff

Dan Willems has transitioned from a senior project management, engineering, research and product development role at Waukesha, Wis.-based Spancrete Group to Spancrete Machinery Corp. vice president and general manager. Succeeding group veteran Joe Dugan, who retired in mid-2010, Willems is charged with machinery division operation improvements and corporate strategy, including sales growth, identifying new revenue streams, manufacturing quality, and parts and service expansion. He holds bachelor’s of science and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and California State University-Fullerton, respectively, and a master’s of business administration from Marquette University in Milwaukee.