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CIM director studies employee burnout in the concrete business

Sources: Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro; CP staff

One of the primary Concrete Industry Management Program catalysts on the academia side has commenced an online survey to gauge employee burnout and worklife context. As director of the School of Concrete and Construction Management at MTSU—home to the charter CIM degree program—Dr. Heather Brown and Associate Professor Dr. Jacob Avila cite the survey’s intent of “advancing collective understanding of work and identifying intervention strategies to enhance the health and engagement of professionals in the concrete industry.” 

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Robust ICF home center stage in Superstorm FLASHback

Sources: Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Tallahassee, Fla.; CP staff

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Partnership has marked the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s sweep through coastal New Jersey and New York with a new video featuring a storm survivor's commitment to building her home back better and creating resilience in the face of future storms.

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U.S. producers trigger probe of rebar imported from Mexico

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

The Commerce Department has initiated an inquiry to determine if concrete reinforcing steel bar, bent at one or both ends, circumvents existing antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders covering imports from Mexico. The action responds to requests from domestic operators Byer Steel, Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, Commercial Metals, Gerdau Ameristeel, Nucor Corp. and Steel Dynamics. 

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Robotics venture targeting rebar fabrication books $3M seed fund

Source: Toggle, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Toggle, a startup using robotics and automation to optimize the fabrication and assembly of rebar, has raised $3 million in seed-funding to expand its team and further develop its robotics technology at its Brooklyn facility. Toggle’s goal is to double labor productivity and to increase overall production five times over traditional assembly methods for its customers in the construction industry.  

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Cemex aims to dump idle truck time through Quarry Link app

Sources: Cemex USA, Houston; CP staff

Following a successful pilot of expedited order loading and tracking at its FEC Quarry outside Miami, Cemex USA is rolling out a major extension of its Go mobile technology platform, launched in 2017 for concrete accounts with an eye to digital transformation of the heavy building materials business. Measured against current methods, the Go Quarry Link app enables customers to receive aggregate orders with greater efficiency and provides real-time truck monitoring plus better product visibility and loadout processes. 

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