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Eagle Materials completes succession plan as Haack replaces CEO Powers

Sources: Eagle Materials Inc., Dallas, Texas; CP staff

Eagle Materials President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Haack will succeed Chief Executive Officer Dave Powers, who will retire July 1 but remain on the board of directors. The move culminates a multiyear succession plan and set of transition preparedness steps the board undertook over the last four years.

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Viesko Redi-Mix joins Knife River Northwest portfolio

Sources: MDU Resources Group, Inc., Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff

MDU subsidiary Knife River Corp. has acquired Oregon’s Viesko Redi-Mix, Inc., which operates Wheatland (headquarters), McMinnville and Woodburn ready mixed plants plus an aggregate site in Keizer. The acquisition complements Knife River's existing Oregon operations and provides expansion into the growing north Willamette Valley and Portland metro markets. Viesko RM's 60 team members join the Knife River Northwest Region, which last year added the operations of Molalla Redi-Mix and Rock Products Inc. and Teevin & Fischer Quarry LLC.

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Domestic industry, multinationals counter site’s ‘Concrete Week’ bias

Sources: Global Cement and Concrete Association, London; CP staff

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association President Robert Garbini and Portland Cement Association CEO Mike Ireland assure members of their groups’ preparedness to address questions arising from recurring and primarily negative media coverage on the carbon dioxide aspect of cement production and finished concrete. A joint communiqué followed the launch of Concrete Week by The Guardian, an online United Kingdom publication with extensive North American coverage and audience. Leading off the series is a report titled “Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth.”

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Natural pozzolan exhibits potential as fly ash substitute

Sources: Sunrise Resources Plc, Cheshire, U.K.; CP staff

Sunrise Resources reports successful demonstration of a material, mined at the CS Pozzolan-Perlite Project in Nevada, as a substitute for fly ash in concrete. Prior observation of the natural pozzolan entailed mortar specimens, while more recent tests have been conducted on concrete samples and involved a major integrated cement and ready mixed producer. 

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Cemex Ventures opens funding candidate competition

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff

“Apply. Grow. Make Your Mark” is the theme of Cemex Ventures’ Construction Startup Competition 2019. Open to applications and proposals through April 21, it targets entrepreneurs and entities whose business plans or vision align with these areas of opportunity: Intelligent buildings and cities; Supply chain management; Construction with innovative materials and methods; and, Optimization of the productivity, efficiency, and quality of daily work site management.

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