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California moves first on Iron Workers’ revised rebar, P-T safety standards

Source: Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust, Washington, D.C.

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) is the first state-approved Occupational Safety and Health Administration plan to adopt the Iron Workers’ (IW) comprehensive updates for reinforcing steel and post-tensioning practice.

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NRMCA, ASCC step up parking lot promotion

Sources: American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis,

The joint ASSC/NRMCA Paving Committee has designated the first six pieces of a Paving Tool Box to assist concrete contractors in understanding and promoting parking lot design and construction.

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Ash Grove shareholders clear path for CRH acquisition

Sources: Ash Grove Cement Co., Overland Park, Kan.; CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

Shareholders controlling just over 63 percent of Ash Grove Cement voting stock have approved a $3.5 billion merger agreement with Oldcastle Inc. parent company CRH. The deal is projected for a late-2017 or early-2018 closing and will position Atlanta-based Oldcastle Materials as the number five U.S. portland cement producer, with 8 million-plus tons’ annual capacity, while strengthening its role among the top five aggregates and ready mixed concrete operators.

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ICPI, NCMA open Commercial Sales Course registration

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

NCMA and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute will conduct their fifth Commercial Sales Course, December 11-13 at the Hyatt Place Chicago, near O’Hare International Airport. Three registration options—Days 1-3, Days 1&2 or 2&3—reflect content suitability for concrete paver or block professionals targeting the commercial market:

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Insurance survey proves underwriters wise to wood-frame construction risks

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

A new NRMCA-commissioned study proves how builder’s risk (construction phase) and commercial property (occupancy phase) insurance rates, measured across a wide range of regions, trend lower for multifamily dwellings built of concrete versus wood.

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