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Grace ‘Verifies’ product roll out plans for rebranded RS Solutions

Source: Grace Construction Products, Cambridge, Mass.

Grace is operating its recently acquired mixer truck technology business RS Solutions LLC in West Chester, Ohio, under the Verifi LLC banner. Building on signature truck-mounted devices that gauge post-plant water additions to mixer drums, the Verifi development map calls for this year’s launch of platforms expanding ready mixed producers’ ability to measure and control a wide variety of concrete properties.

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Coal operator Alpha takes stake in Class C ash-based cement purveyor Ceratech

Sources: Alpha Natural Resources, Abingdon, Va.; CP staff

A major coal producer has acquired a 10.3 percent position in Alexandria, Va.-based Ceratech Inc., whose Ekkomaxx technology can yield concrete binding agents with performance characteristics reportedly matching ASTM C150 Types I–V powder.

Alpha Natural Resources can increase its Ceratech stake to 28.3 percent under certain future terms. It becomes the second coal producer to invest in prospective concrete technology offsetting carbon dioxide emissions from either portland cement production or fossil fuel-fired power generation. In April 2010, market leader Peabody Energy took a $15 million interest in Calera Corp., whose calcium carbonate precipitation processes—applied to power plants’ flue gas streams—are netting concrete-grade fine aggregate.

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Lattimore Materials steers Aggregate Industries Western Region into Texas

Sources: Aggregate Industries US Inc., Rockville, Md.; CP staff

Management of Lattimore Materials Corp. has shifted to Aggregate Industries Western Region from Holcim Participations, a Holcim (US) Inc. subsidiary that recently consolidated its stake in the McKinney, Texas, ready mixed and aggregate producer. The move firmly establishes Aggregate Industries US in an important market where it did not previously have a presence, and allows the Western Region to fully leverage Lattimore Materials’ strong position and reputation, notes Holcim Ltd. United States Area Manager Bernard Terver.

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Study advances pervious pavement for freeze-thaw markets

Source: Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation, Silver Spring, Md.

Slab engineering, mix designs and curing methods are among critical practice points cited in an extensive study, “Performance Evaluation of In-Service Pervious Concrete Pavements in Cold Weather.” The latest addition to the RMC Research & Education Foundation library of pervious concrete titles examines 29 Minnesota pavements placed from 2005–2010.

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NRMCA/EPA Energy Star plant survey deadline nears

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

NRMCA is compiling through April 1 surveys of electricity, diesel fuel, natural gas and propane consumption data for ready mixed production. An easily completed Excel document, the 40-point survey supports an NRMCA–Environmental Protection Agency memorandum of understanding to collect baseline energy use in transit and central mixed production and fleet operations.

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