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Homeland Security enlists four contractors to cast border wall prototypes

Sources: U.S. Customs and Border Protection; CP staff

Eyeing large scale installations along the Mexico border, the federal government has awarded contracts to Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery, Ala., Fisher Industries of Tempe, Ariz., Texas Sterling Construction of Houston and W.G. Yates & Sons of Philadelphia, Miss. to cast prototypes of 18- to 30-ft. high reinforced concrete walls. The structures will be built in San Diego and allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officials to assess their potential to deter illegal crossings and complement wall and barrier designs used along the border in recent years.

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Vulcan Materials builds California concrete aggregates reserves in Polaris deal

Sources: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; Polaris Materials Corp., Vancouver, B.C.; CP staff

Vulcan Materials has strengthened its supply chain for California concrete customers through a friendly takeover of Toronto Stock Exchange-traded Polaris Materials, which operates a sand & gravel plant and deep water port on Vancouver Island plus five distribution yards in the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles markets.

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Oldcastle parent nets $2.6 billion in Americas Distribution business sale

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Herndon, Va.; CP staff

CRH is set to shed a sizable slice of its legacy Oldcastle Inc. portfolio, selling its Allied Building Products-anchored Americas Distribution business to Beacon Roofing Supply, North America’s the largest publicly traded wholesale roofing and building materials distributor.

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Mass timber proponents tout connections’ fire test results

Sources: Softwood Lumber Board, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A new report tied to the reThink Wood campaign details glulam beam-to-column connections’ fire resistance in Type IV construction, or buildings up to 85-ft. tall. Findings from three assemblies subjected to ASTM E119-16a, Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials, campaign proponents note, “support mass timber as a safe solution that meets stringent fire safety standards for U.S. building design and construction.”

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EPA to revisit engine, emissions standards affecting glider trucks

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; J.D. Power Valuation Services, McLean, Va.

Responding to concerns from truck glider kit and trailer stakeholders, EPA is taking a second look at provisions of the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines rule.

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