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Brickworks builds Glen-Gery brand with $32M Sioux City deal

Sources: Brickworks North America Corp., Wyomissing, Pa.; CP staff 

Brickworks North America, the recently established parent company of clay masonry mainstay Glen-Gery Corp., has closed on Iowa-based Sioux City Brick, a family-owned operator since 1913. The $32 million transaction brings three production lines across two plants, with capacity upward of 160 million brick, plus five retail distribution outlets and exclusive U.S. distribution rights to the Feldhaus thin brick system.

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Foundation guides industry to the next concrete pavement frontier

Sources: Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Looking beyond roads, streets, parking lots and traditional flatwork, the RMC Research and Education Foundation’s latest publication responds to an emerging pavement market opportunity for ready mixed concrete producers. The 36-page Guide to Concrete Trails covers project background and funding; choice of concrete versus alternative paving materials; design and engineering; concrete mix designs, delivery and placement; paving machinery and slab finishing methods; plus, jointing, curing and maintenance. 

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Drainage construction interests mark Concrete Pipe Week

Sources: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas; County Materials Corp., Marathon, Wis.; CP staff

Members and allies are recognizing the American Concrete Pipe Association-organized Concrete Pipe Week, August 18-24, through plant tours and employee appreciation events, while engaging federal, state or local officials in discussions about product quality, performance and resilience as they relate to storm and sanitary sewer infrastructure, culverts, and small precast bridges. 

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OSHA revisits principal reference in silica standard for construction

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration 

OSHA is soliciting industry perspective and comments on Table 1 of the agency’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction through October 14. Officials seek information on a) additional engineering and work practice control methods to effectively limit exposure to silica for listed equipment and tasks; and, b) other silica-generating construction equipment and tasks that the agency should consider adding to the table.

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FMCSA proposal harmonizes mixer, dump, tanker driver hours terms

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Years of conferring with agency officials on how Hours of Service (HOS) rules profoundly affect ready mixed concrete supply chains, production and delivery have netted NRMCA staff and Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee members a welcome Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposal updating thresholds for drivers.

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