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Command Alkon’s Ken Robinson, 1934-2019

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; The Birmingham News

Command Alkon has announced the late-April passing of co-founder and former executive chairman Kenneth G. Robinson II, honoring him as “an extraordinarily talented and accomplished entrepreneur” whose “belief in people being instrumental to the company’s success was recognized in his compassion for the business and its employees, together steering it through shared challenges and accomplishments.”

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Six-figure grant advances Vulcan Diversity & Inclusion Council goals

Sources: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

A $500,000 Vulcan Materials Company Foundation grant to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in key areas of the Southeast provides a) Scholarships and internships for students who win "pitch competitions," to be judged by university leadership and members of Vulcan Materials' Diversity & Inclusion Council; b) opportunities for students to improve innovation and infrastructure that businesses, higher education and government can support; c) company internships potentially leading to full-time employment; and, d) enhanced facility spaces that turn traditional college work spaces into tech-friendly study halls.

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Roanoke mill moves first in ISO 50001 Energy management standard

Sources: Roanoke Cement Co., Virginia; CP staff

Roanoke Cement’s Troutville, Va., plant is the first U.S. operation of its kind to attain certification under ISO 50001 Energy management, a U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization, Geneva. A voluntary program of best practices in continuous energy improvement, ISO 50001 mirrors standards more prevalent in cement and concrete production: 9001 Quality management systems and 14001 Environmental management systems. ISO 50001 provides plant operators a framework of requirements to:

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Truck, trailer groups mobilize to nix federal excise tax

Sources: National Trailer Dealers Association, Brighton, Mich.; CP staff

“Modern, Clean, and Safe Trucks Act of 2019,” H.R. 2381, through which U.S. Representatives Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) propose repeal of the 12 percent federal excise tax on heavy-duty trucks, truck bodies, and semi-trailers has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration. 

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Bay State terminal compounds Charah’s New England fly ash stock

Sources: Charah Solutions Inc., Louisville, Ky.; CP staff

A new rail-served terminal with twin silos equips Charah Solutions to increase fly ash supplies for New England concrete producers. The Hopedale, Mass., operation affords customers easy access to nearby Interstates 495 and 90, along with direct routes to Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

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