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Contractors measure four years of deliverables in Trump endorsement

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

CEO Michael Bellaman and National Chair Tim Keating (R. C. Stevens Construction Co., Winter Garden, Fla.) outline member-friendly, 2017-2020 advocacy and policy measures in an Associated Builders & Contractors endorsement of President Donald Trump for election to a second term. In a letter to 1600 Pennsylvania, they write: “Your continued support for fair and open competition, job creation, small businesses and expanded workforce development initiatives during your first term have helped ABC members grow their businesses, upskill their workforce and create career enhancing jobs."

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Arbitrator closes HeidelbergCement earnout claim in Forterra's favor

Sources: Forterra Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff

A neutral accounting arbitrator has determined that no earnout payment from concrete pipe and precast giant Forterra is due to HeidelbergCement AG under terms of a 2015 Hanson Building Products business spinoff, initially valued at $1.2 billion. HeidelbergCement had sought a $100 million earnout payment based on the fiscal 2015 performance of Hanson Building Products, whose Dallas-based suitor, Lone Star Fund IX (U.S.) LP, adopted the Forterra brand. The Delaware Court of Chancery deferred an EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) calculation—central to the earnout payment clause—to the arbitrator in conjunction with a late-2017 dismissal of a HeidelbergCement suit.

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Topwerk names Columbia Steel vet Rathke to head new North American HQ

Sources: Topwerk America Ltd., Burlington, Ontario; CP staff

Topwerk ChadGermany's Topwerk Group, the umbrella organization over Hess, Prinzing-Pfeiffer and SR-Schindler concrete masonry, pipe and dry or wet cast product machinery, has relocated the Topwerk America headquarters to Houston from Burlington, Ontario, and appointed Chad Rathke as president and chief executive officer, as well as SR-Schindler regional sales director. Gudrun Hess will continue as president of the newly named Topwerk Services in Burlington, a center that has supported the North American market for nearly 40 years.

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American Highway branding lends Simplex-USA road creed

Sources: Simplex-USA, Fernley, Nev.; CP staff

American Highway, a Simplex Co. is the new identity of Simplex-USA, a key player in concrete pavement dowels and dowel baskets. "Our intent on this pivot is to better inform and provide more color definition to this large industry landscape," says Co-CEO Ron Meskis. "Prior to Simplex’s purchase of Dayton Superior’s paving division in 2019, the trade name of American Highway was predominantly used to supply steel products to the concrete paving industry. As such, the name brings a long-established road creed and added value to our overall corporate brand as a recognized and familiar staple in the industry.”

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Chryso, Solidia aim to drive concrete carbon factor down

Sources: Chryso Group, Paris; Solidia Technologies, Piscataway, N.J.; CP staff

A new partnership will see admixture specialist Chryso and low carbon cement and concrete developer Solidia Technologies leverage their chemical expertise to improve the sustainability performance and material properties of the latter company's namesake precast products. 

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