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Past ACI President Ellis heads Pankow Foundation

Sources: Charles Pankow Foundation, Vancouver, Wash.; CP staff

The Charles Pankow Foundation, a leading benefactor for research advancing cast-in-place or precast concrete engineering and practice, has appointed Anne Ellis, P.E., FACI, F.ASCE, as executive director. Founder of Ellis Global and past American Concrete Institute president, she previous served as a special advisor to the Foundation Board to rally support for collaborative innovation in architecture, engineering and construction. 

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New ACI committee advances 3-D printing practice, standards

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

The newly formed ACI Committee 564, 3-D Printing with Cementitious Materials will report on three-dimensional printing and additive manufacturing with inorganic cementitious materials, and develop publications on the technology’s applications, challenges and impacts. 

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Constar deal builds Construction Supply’s California footprint

Sources: Construction Supply Group, Denver; CP staff

Consolidation-minded Construction Supply Group (CSG) has completed its 10th acquisition, closing on California distributor Constar Construction Supply. "This furthers our goal of building a best-in-class wholesale distribution company across North America," says CSG CEO Mitch Williams, noting that the company will continue to seek additions to its family of concrete and masonry contractor-geared distribution businesses.

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NLRB ponders terms of bargaining relationships in construction

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

The NLRB is weighing construction industry bargaining relationship provisions as defined in National Labor Relations Act Sections 8(f) and 9(a), and invites interested parties to file briefs through October 26 on whether it should revisit policy dating to the Casale Industries (1993) and Staunton Fuel & Materials (2001) cases.

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Precast makes the grade on “spend management” scale

Sources: SpendEdge, London; CP staff

A new report, “Global Precast Construction Category – Procurement Market Intelligence,” documents how public and private sector buyers are increasingly wise to manufactured-concrete components’ low lead times, assurance of consistent quality, higher volume discounts, low labor requirements, and conformity to sustainability goals. Such advantages are accelerating the spend growth momentum for the precast market, according to global procurement advisor SpendEdge.

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