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Knife River's Leftwich leads Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association

Source: Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association, Round Rock

Josh Leftwich will join Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association in mid-June as president and chief executive officer. He succeeds David Perkins, who has been named vice president of Government Affairs and Communications for Lehigh Hanson Inc., Irving, Texas. 

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Final FMCSA driver hours rule remains friendly to construction materials hauling

Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

A final U.S. DOT rule updating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours of service (HOS) terms increases flexibility for the 30-minute break provision by requiring a work pause after eight hours of consecutive driving and allowing it to be satisfied by a driver using on-duty, not driving status, rather than off-duty status. Effective in August, the rule also changes the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening their maximum on duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which they can operate from 100 to 150 air miles.

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Agency launches Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program portal

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

The Labor Department's Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) Standards Recognition Entities (SRE) online application portal has gone live. Excepting those in construction trades, the program enables organizations to pursue SRE certification, then develop and administer training for paid apprenticeships in manufacturing and other sectors.

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Sunrock ventures north in St Marys/VCNA quarry deal

Sources: Sunrock Group, Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff

North Carolina's Sunrock Group, a key independent ready mixed, aggregate and asphalt producer, has chartered a satellite entity with the acquisition of an Ontario quarry from Votorantim Cimentos' North American flagship business, St Marys Cement/Canada Building Materials. The Burnt River site encompasses 1,400 acres of high quality aggregate reserves and will operate under Sunrock Canada Construction Materials. 

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Ozinga Energy tests emerging natural gas platform to run an F-150

Sources: Ingevity, North Charleston, S.C.; Ozinga Bros. Inc., Mokena, Ill.; CP staff

Ozinga Energy is delving deeper into diesel and gasoline alternatives to fuel light- to medium-duty trucks. Through a partnership with activated carbon processor Ingevity, the Ozinga Bros. entity is demonstrating a new natural gas fueling platform in a Ford F-150. 

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