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Smith-Midland completes Carolina satellite expansion

Sources: Smith-Midland Corp., Midland, Va.; CP staff

Smith-Carolina timed a November 1 open house for its new $3 million operation in Reidsville, N.C., with National Precast Concrete Association-sponsored Precast Days activities across North America. The event spotlighted a 15,000 -sq.-ft. plant enclosure located on a 46-acre plot geared to future expansion. 

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CTLGroup, PCA Cement & Concrete Campus load investor’s portfolio

Sources: CTLGroup, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

Barco Investment Group has acquired Construction Technology Laboratories, Inc. (CTLGroup), the for-profit Portland Cement Association subsidiary, along with the Skokie, Ill., campus that has served as PCA headquarters since 1968. CTLGroup began as the group’s research and development arm in 1916, and was designated an independent engineering, research, and laboratory consulting firm in 1987.

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Autocar returns to concrete with mixer, pump chassis series

Sources: Autocar Trucks, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

Previewed earlier this month at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s ConcreteWorks conference, the Autocar DC-64M and DC-64P models for mixer and pump operators share a conventional truck platform engineered from the ground up for severe duty. Autocar Trucks has worked with a pilot group of ready mixed producers on the DC-64M concept and plans formal Q1 unveiling of a full mixer package, timed with World of Concrete and ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 in Las Vegas.

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ASTM C13 standard probes microbially induced corrosion

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

ASTM C13 Committee on Concrete Pipe is set to publish C1894 Standard Guide for Microbially Induced Corrosion of Concrete Products, and finalize two proposed documents it references: WK69718 Standard Test Methods for the Determination of the Effects of Biogenic Acidification on Concrete Antimicrobial Additives and/or Concrete Products and WK69719 Standard Test Methods for the Chemical Resistance of Concrete Products to Acid Attack.

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CIM director studies employee burnout in the concrete business

Sources: Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro; CP staff

One of the primary Concrete Industry Management Program catalysts on the academia side has commenced an online survey to gauge employee burnout and worklife context. As director of the School of Concrete and Construction Management at MTSU—home to the charter CIM degree program—Dr. Heather Brown and Associate Professor Dr. Jacob Avila cite the survey’s intent of “advancing collective understanding of work and identifying intervention strategies to enhance the health and engagement of professionals in the concrete industry.” 

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