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PCA’s Sullivan confirms favorable 2018-20 cement consumption curve

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

The PCA Market Intelligence Group’s annual Spring Forecast projects cement consumption growth of 2.8 percent in 2018 and 2019, along with 4 percent the following year, as impacts from potential federal infrastructure spending are likely to take effect. An analysis shows prospective annual cement shipments of 99.3 million, 102.1 million, and 106.1 million metric tons for the period.

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Precaster Zero Energy eyes reorganization, scouts venture capital partner

Sources: Zero Energy Systems, Coralville, Iowa; CP staff

Precast concrete wall and building element producer Zero Energy Systems has filed a voluntary petition for legal reorganization. Management anticipates fulfilling contracted and future precast panel orders, and notes that the filing stems from a dispute with a lender on company strategy.

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Mutual Materials’ Anderegg chairs Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute

Sources: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute has elected 2018-19 officers and 2018-21 directors, led by Chairman Kendall Anderegg, president of Mutual Materials Co. in Bellevue, Wash. Joining her as officers for two-year terms are Chair-Elect Marshall Brown, PhD, president of ACM Chemistries Inc., and Secretary/Treasurer Ed Fioroni, PhD, vice president of Sales, Keystone Hardscapes.

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Report proves safety spike effect on best practices-driven contractors

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

The ABC 2018 Safety Performance Report, aimed at furthering the construction industry’s understanding of how to improve jobsites through the group’s Safety Performance Evaluation Process (STEP), documents the dramatic impact of using proactive practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 85 percent—making the best-performing companies 670 percent safer than the industry average.

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LafargeHolcim brands align with Army on workforce development

Sources: Lafarge North America, Chicago; CP staff

Through its domestic Lafarge, Holcim and Aggregate Industries businesses, LafargeHolcim is supporting the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program to provide U.S. Army veterans workforce opportunities after their service. The partnership is part of a recruitment option allowing students to simultaneously serve and prepare for their future.

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