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ACI launches decorative flatwork certifications

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

The newest ACI certification program offerings are Decorative Concrete Flatwork Finisher and Decorative Concrete Flatwork Associate. Each requires candidates to complete a written exam and maintain appropriate ACI Concrete Flatwork Finisher or Technician certification. Finisher candidates also need 1,500 hours of work experience.

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ASTM C15 pens standard for alternative material-molded masonry units

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

ASTM Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units will soon publish C1825, providing guidelines for block and brick made from materials not currently addressed by existing Society standards. The new standard responds to unit masonry producers’ move to look beyond concrete, clay, shale, sand-lime and calcium silicates for alternative materials.

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Escalating material prices, interest rates cloud 2020 market

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

ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu tells members in his mid-year outlook that the nonresidential construction sector will remain stable for the second half of 2018, yet warns of a potential economic downturn in 2020, owing to a rapid rise in interest rates and materials prices.

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Knife River expands Oregon footprint in Molalla RM deal

Sources: MDU Resources Group, Inc., Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff

MDU Resources has acquired the operations of Molalla Redi-Mix & Rock Products, Inc., a concrete producer in Molalla, Ore., south of Portland. The business joins the Portland Metro office of MDU’s construction materials subsidiary, Knife River Corp., extending its reach in a growing market between Portland and Salem.

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NRMCA call for entries: Safety, Environmental Excellence Awards

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

NRMCA is accepting through July 27 nominations for the second annual Safety Award, acknowledging the contribution of safety-driven work practices to individual producer and industry success. The award is presented to an individual, company or organization whose actions—demonstrated in single incident or long-term commitment—represent the highest in the advancement of safety for ready mixed concrete production and delivery. 

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