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Paver sales growth stays course toward pre-recession watermark

Sources: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.; CP staff

Segmental concrete pavement product sales in the United States and Canada increased for a seventh consecutive year, hitting an estimated 750 million square feet, or 2.5 percent higher than 2016, according to the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute 2018 Industry Sales Profile. 

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Cemex investment unit takes stake in IoT-driven Concrete Sensors

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff

Cemex Ventures’ first “smart concrete technology” investment is a developer of wireless sensors conveying accurate, project schedule-accelerating data. The sensor and transmitter technology of Cambridge, Mass.-based Concrete Sensors enables contractors and engineers to monitor hardening slabs’ and structures’ temperature, relative humidity and strength. 

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Market realities confine proposed timber tower to the drawing board

Sources: Softwood Lumber Board, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Champions of a 12-story structure built with cross laminated timber assemblies have placed their project on hold indefinitely. A mixed-use residential and commercial design, the Framework tower was pegged for the Portland, Ore., Pearl District; billed as the first U.S. timber high rise; and, secured state and city building permits in 2017.  

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Vulcan, Martin Marietta, Oldcastle top USGS crushed stone ranking

Sources: U.S. Geological Survey; Rock Products

The top 20 crushed stone producers accounted for 743 million metric tons, or 55 percent of the 2016 U.S. output, according to a report USGS Commodity Specialist Jason Willet prepared from the most current shipment data available. He also finds that the top 100 operators’ limestone and granite production totaled 1.02 billion mt, or 75 percent of industry shipments, in 2016. The 294 leading companies in his survey, representing 20 percent of operators tracked, were responsible for 1.21 billion mt or 89 percent of output. 

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Trump initiative supports training of 500,000 construction workers

Source: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.

Associated Builders and Contractors is among 20-plus charter signatories to “Pledge to America’s Workers,” supporting a White House initiative, National Council for the American Worker, that President Donald Trump created by Executive Order. The Council is charged with developing a strategy for training and retraining workers across high demand industries, and will convene public, private, education, labor, and not-for-profit sector representatives.

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