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Cemex veteran Mack brings pavement depth to ACPA chairmanship

Cemex Director of Market Development–Commercial Strategy Jim Mack was elected 2019 American Concrete Pavement Association chairman during the group’s annual meeting, held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., under the “Celebrating Concrete Victories” banner. Based at Cemex USA Houston headquarters, Mack succeeds Chuck Niederriter, who during a traditional passing of the gavel noted how Mack is the first ACPA chairman to have served with a cement company, regional shipper’s group, ACPA-affiliated Chapter, ACPA National and the Portland Cement Association.

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Distributor Alley-Cassetty gains masonry production in LoJac deal

Nashville-based Alley-Cassetty Companies Inc., one of largest independent and family owned masonry distributors, has entered a purchase agreement to acquire the block, brick and stone assets of LoJac Materials, Inc., serving the middle Tennessee market from three locations. Projected to close this month, the transaction will expand Alley-Cassetty’s reach from 11 to 14 locations in the Southeast.

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Green Code authors eye adoption speed, standardization ease

The U.S. Green Building Council, International Code Council and ASHRAE have released the 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC), citing its potential to help state or local governments streamline code development, adoption and enforcement. The groups also envision improved industry standardization by integrating two previously separate guidance documents: ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES 189.1 – Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings and the ICC International Green Construction Code.

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Marcotte, Cortex exploit sensors’ potential across mixer truck spectrum

Batch controls and concrete plant automation developer Marcotte Systems has entered a technology-integrating partnership with Cortex Ltd., a fleet management program and Internet of Things (IoT) device specialist. The Marcotte Control platform adjusts the required quantity of each mix constituent during batch execution, while preserving key ratios and volumetric yield. All parameters such as local material properties, density, absorption, granularity, moisture and temperature are used to smart-balance concrete mixes. The Cortex 360 solution encompasses a complete set of sensors specifically designed for ready mixed delivery and quality control—drum rotation, water-added measurement and precise auto-statusing among them.

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Research finds design-build delivery continues to make the grade

New Design/Build Institute of America-backed research finds that the design-build (DB) method delivers projects faster and with greater cost and schedule performance than Construction Management at Risk (CMR) and traditional Design-Bid-Build (DBB) alternatives.

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