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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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Masonry, mortar tasks frame case for OSHA silica rule revisions

Sources: Construction Industry Safety Coalition, Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The 26-member Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) has formally requested the Occupational Safety and Health Administration revise the Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica – Specified Exposure Control Methods standard (silica rule), thereby expanding compliance options and recognizing sub-threshold dust levels typical of masonry sawing and mortar mixing.

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