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Bates Precast plans $5M Georgia plant, office investment

Sources: Valdosta Lowndes County Development Authority, Georgia; CP staff

Valdosta Lowndes County Development Authority directors have approved an agreement under which Bates Precast Concrete, Inc. will invest up to $5 million in a new Lake Park Industrial Park office and production facility, increasing drainage and utility structure offerings from a present 6.4-acre Lake Park, Ga. site. 

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Martin Marietta moves first on Quadrel, Forney QC integration

Sources: Forney LP, Zelienople, Pa.; CP staff

Martin Marietta Inc. Denver-area ready mixed operations are the premier users of a cloud-enabled materials and concrete cylinder data platform supported by the integration of Quadrel LLC quality control software and ForneyVault compressive strength testing machine technology.

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Tindall schedules production of C-I-P, hollow core slab alternative

Source: Tindall Corp., Spartanburg, S.C.; CP staff

The Tindall Superior Lightweight All-Purpose Beam (T-SLAB) is presented as the first and only system of its kind—a precast solution affording superior performance and constructability over both cast-in-place and prestressed hollow-core plank. Fabricated in up to 12-ft. widths, T-SLAB capitalizes on arch design principles by using super lightweight concrete to serve as blocks over which structural concrete is poured, leveraging the arch effect translationally for load distribution, while capitalizing on longitudinal prestressing for total span capability. Several slab thicknesses will be available to achieve optimal spans in the 30- to 45-ft. range, supporting typical commercial and residential floor loads.

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OSHA revises enforcement policies for coronavirus infection cases

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration 

As states reopen after more than two months of shelter orders, OSHA has adopted two revised enforcement policies with respect to coronavirus exposure in workplaces, spurred by improved understanding about infection transmission and prevention throughout the course of the pandemic. 

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Design-build contractors prepare for a 'new normal'

Sources: Design-Build Institute of America, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Results of a new Design-Build Institute of America poll on pandemic response measures and market impacts indicate that uncertainty reigns among architectural/engineering/construction interests, with respondents citing postponement or cancellation of more projects and remote work shifting from a unique experiment to what could be a "new normal." Findings back those of an DBIA initial poll conducted in March as national lockdown and state shelter orders took hold. 

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