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ICPI rolls out workforce development program

Expedited by the Board of Directors, ICPI has launched a workforce development program in response to wide-spread contractor needs for new and better skilled employees. It includes a new Hardscape Installer/Contractor Career Path, in partnership with the National Concrete Masonry Association, that aligns the two groups’ certifications and education courses in a clear, achievable process for those entering the industry.

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Terminal partnership shows Charah OK with expanded SCM network

Teaming with transload and aggregate supply specialist Oklahoma Construction Materials (OCM), Charah Solutions Inc. has installed fly ash silos at a rail terminal near Oklahoma City and Interstates 35 and 40 interchanges. “Our rail facility provides a cost-effective, efficient and vital link in the region’s transportation network, and we look forward to helping to serve this region’s fly ash needs for years to come,” says OCM General Manager Zac Brummal.

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Australia’s Brickworks enters North America through Glen-Gery

A major player in U.S. brick production and distribution is set to change hands this month as its parent company focuses on core United Kingdom markets. Ibstock plc of Leicestershire, England, has entered into an agreement to sell Glen-Gery Corp. to Brickworks Ltd. of New South Wales, Australia, for $110 million.

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Trinity aggregates spinoff hits ground running with $315M ACG deal

An early-November spinoff of assets outside core Rail and Railcar Leasing and Management Services businesses under Dallas-based Trinity Industries Inc. spawned Arcosa Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-traded company reporting 2017 sales of $1.5 billion across three groups: Construction Products, with 11 sand & gravel (Texas, Louisiana) and eight expanded shale and clay (Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas) plants, plus Energy Equipment and Transportation.

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Cemex R&D subsidiary sees the ups and downs of energy storage

Crane-suspended concrete segments, patterned like an enormous stave silo, power a commercial scale-ready system announced last month at Energy Storage North America in Pasadena, Calif. The technology is based on what Swiss developer Energy Vault describes as “the principles that underpin traditional gravity-based pumped hydro plants. The new technology combines conventional physics fundamentals of potential and kinetic energy with a proprietary, cloud-based software platform.”

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