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'Rally for Roads' drives home need for surface transportation reauthorization

Source: National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, Alexandria, Va.; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Six-hundred-plus, hard-hat-wearing construction workers from across America, representing all parts of the road-building industry and related materials suppliers, rallied on Washington, D.C.'s National Mall just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend in support of a multi-year surface transportation bill. Congressional and industry speakers, including NRMCA Chairman Karl Watson Jr. of Cemex USA, told the cheering crowd the bill is needed to create tens of thousands of new road construction jobs. 

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Carpenters nail harassment strategy for nonunion rebar installers

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

By Don Marsh

NLRB Administrative Law Judge Arthur Amchan has found that representatives of United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 2012, Seaford, Del., did not violate the National Labor Relations Act by entering a Rydal Park, Pa., job site, and video recording interrogations of a nonunion concrete contractor’s Hispanic employees.

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Study: Recession sparks new era of energy diligence

Source: Deloitte LLC, New York City

A new study from auditing firm Deloitte shows the emergence of a diligent new attitude toward energy consumption in the United States. According to the study, 52 percent of companies are working to reduce their energy costs by 25 percent on average over the next two to three years. Concurrently, an increasingly sophisticated consumer demographic is looking for household savings in a tight economy. The study, “reSources 2011,” conducted by Deloitte with strategy and market research firm, The Harrison Group, polled more than 400 business decision-makers responsible for their company’s energy decisions or energy policy and 3,200 household decision-makers.

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Sakrete posts archival material, contests on anniversary website

Source: Bonsal American Inc., Charlotte, N.C.

To celebrate the 75-year legacy of one of its leading brands, Bonsal American will launch a microsite—www.Sakrete75.com—later this month offering vintage content and anniversary-themed contest entries. Currently, Sakrete has two 1966 radio jingles on YouTube as a teaser for the upcoming launch.

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Rebar suppliers see slow recovery from 40 percent shipment drop

Source: Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Schaumburg, Ill.

Prior to the Transportation Construction Coalition’s 2011 Legislative Fly-In and (separately organized) Rally for Roads, May 24–25 in Washington, D.C. (companion item), CRSI surveyed rebar producers on near-term market conditions, the results supporting a TCC-targeted six-year, $500 billion highway and transit bill

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