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Quality control trumps tradition in Amerimix “Ditch the Sand Pile” campaign

An educational effort by Amerimix, the bagged product brand in Oldcastle Architectural’s Echelon Masonry portfolio, encourages block and brick building professionals to “Ditch the Sand Pile” and embrace pre-blended mortar, which can be mixed 50 percent faster and provide economic and time advantages on the jobsite compared to field mixing. The latter method requires cement and lime to be mixed with sand (usually in a pile), while eyeballing the right material combination, avoiding clumps or having the fine aggregate compromised by weather or environmental factors.

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Processor allocates air-entraining Vinsol resin for admixture accounts

A convergence of routine market and rare natural forces could compel concrete producers using Vinsol resin-based admixtures to convert their mix designs to ones bearing alternative products meeting ASTM C260, Standard Specification for Air-Entraining Admixtures for Concrete requirements. Through much of 2018, producers will likely confront tight supplies of Vinsol-type air-entraining admixtures as the resin’s sole supplier addresses capacity and inventory challenges.

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Robust wall system defends against hurricanes, tornados

Gulf Shores, Ala.-based Defender Technologies, LLC has introduced a patented building system that can withstand winds as high as 200 mph, minimizing damage from hurricanes and tornados. PermaStrong utilizes pre-fabricated fiber cement wall forms, rebar and a concrete fill assembly, providing superior structural strength, faster construction, and reduced labor costs.

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Eastern Concrete, Cemex, Maschmeyer delivery pros rise to challenge

Eastern Concrete Materials veteran Ed Rieper took the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 2017 National Mixer Driver Championship, staged at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas, during the group’s ConcreteWorks Conference. The first place finish earned the Saddle Brook, N.J., driver a $2,500 check from the NRMCA Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, and adds to his 2016 National Mixer Driver Championship fifth-place and 2015 NRMCA Driver of the Year honors.

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