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Lehigh Mitchell mill garners Indiana Century Award

Lehigh Cement Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lehigh Hanson, Inc., was presented the Governor’s Century Business Award, which honors Indiana businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 years and demonstrated a commitment to community service. Governor Eric Holcomb recognized the Lehigh Mitchell plant and company officials during an early-April award ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

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LafargeHolcim set to turn the page as Collomb, Schmidheiny exit formal roles

Upon conclusion of its annual general meeting this month, LafargeHolcim Ltd. will begin a new era as the terms of Betrand Collomb and Thomas Schmidheiny—charter directors whose combined Lafarge Group, Holcim Ltd. and post-merger tenure is just short of 90 years—sunset.

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Command Alkon locks up role in heavy building materials digital supply chain

A reimagined brand, story and logo Command Alkon unveils this month establish a new identity that includes a mantra capturing the essence of “the why” for people across the building materials community. The move celebrates what management notes is “the commitment from contractors, concrete producers, raw material suppliers and haulers to drive digital transformation—marking a meaningful moment for the industry, the company, and the people who collectively build our world.”

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ASTM buildings committee strategizes community resilience

The forthcoming ASTM E3130, Developing Cost-Effective Community Resilience Strategies will inform authorities on ways to withstand, respond to and recover from a range of potential catastrophes, such as natural hazards, utility outages and human-caused disruptions. Developed by ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, the new standard provides an economic framework to evaluate investment strategies, plus a seven-step approach to help communities formulate their own resilience plans.

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National Cement parent dispatches disruptive delivery workhorse

The newest addition to the fleet of Béton Vicat, a Lyon, France, sister business of National Cement Co. in North America, is a radical departure from a diesel fuel- and hydraulic fluid-propelled concrete mixer. A production model billed as a “disruptive innovation for the roads of France,” the Oxygène truck runs on a compressed natural gas engine and bears a lithium battery-powered electric mixer drive. Operation throughout the ready mixed loading and delivery cycle is nearly 100 percent carbon dioxide emission-free.

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