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Cementos Argos becomes second major stakeholder in Class C ash formulator Ceratech

Sources: Ceratech Inc., Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

Only three months after announcing that third-largest coal producer Alpha Natural Resources had acquired a 10.3 percent interest in its business (with an option to increase the stake to 28.3 under certain future terms), Ceratech has accepted another strategic equity investment from Colombian cement giant Cementos Argos, the fourth-largest U.S. concrete producer. The buy-in follows Argos' recent expansion of its U.S. presence through a $760 million purchase of Lafarge North America's Southeastern assets. The two companies will cooperate to develop and distribute Ceratech binder products through Argos’ Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Southwest markets.

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Minerals group gauges per capita cement and aggregate consumption

Source: Mineral Information Institute, Foundation for the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc., Englewood, Colo.

The Mineral Information Institute's latest "Minerals Baby" notes that 38,052 lb. of new minerals must be provided for every person in the United States to make the items used daily. This includes 8,509 lb. of stone for roads, buildings, bridges, landscaping, and numerous chemical and construction uses; 5,599 lb. of sand and gravel for concrete, asphalt, roads, blocks and bricks; and 496 lb. of cement for roads, sidewalks, bridges, buildings, schools and houses.

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NCMA, ICC update concrete masonry wall spec for metal building systems

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

The International Code Council and Metal Building Manufacturers Association have teamed with NCMA for the second edition of Concrete Masonry Walls for Metal Building Systems.

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Evansville hosts 2011 National Concrete Canoe Competition

Source: American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Va.

University of Evansville civil engineering students and faculty will welcome peers from 23 schools to southern Indiana for the National Concrete Canoe Competition. The June 16-18 event will see student teams compete in four categories: canoe aesthetics and structural integrity; technical design paper highlighting their planning, development, testing and construction; academic presentation covering their canoe’s design, construction, racing ability and other innovative features; and, canoe and paddlers’ performance in men’s and women’s slalom/endurance and sprint races, plus co-ed sprints.

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$225K EPA grant moves recycled glass cement substitute toward market

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

On the heels of research detailed in its “Value-Added Use of Milled Mixed-Color Waste Glass as a Supplementary Cementitious Material in Environmentally Friendly and Energy-Efficient Concrete Building Construction” report, Lansing, Mich.-based Technova Corp. is among 10 recipients sharing $2.25 million in grants under the EPA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

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