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HeidelbergCement sustainability equation: Less carbon, zero accidents

Germany’s HeidelbergCement Group has added a decade to the horizon of its Sustainability Ambitions 2020 program. The six-point successor centers on reducing carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent from 1990 levels; steering 80 percent of the research & development budget to sustainable products; increasing natural resource substitution with by-products or recycled materials; and, eliminating lost-time accidents.

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Polaris deal, Philadelphia market entry top of mind at U.S. Concrete

Pending Polaris Materials Corp. shareholder votes this month, U.S. Concrete Inc. stands to secure a premium aggregates source to integrate with its 12-plant Central Concrete Supply Co. ready mixed business in northern California. The producer has bested a Vulcan Materials offer for Vancouver, B.C.-based Polaris, which distributes sand & gravel from a major Vancouver Island deposit through five San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles market sites.

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Outback Materials tracks carbon factor in 500,000-yd. rail contract

Fresno, Calif.-based Outback Materials has teamed with CarbonCure Technologies, a developer of carbon dioxide-sequestering processes, on one of the initial contracts for the high-speed rail project linking northern and southern California.

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Iconic limestone operator offers take on cast stone performance, life cycle

A new study from a quarry operator whose signature product clads landmarks no less than The Pentagon and Empire State Building examines distinctions between dimensioned limestone and cast stone fabricated from vibratory dry tamped or wet-cast methods.

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Commercial Construction Index reveals sustained contractor optimism

Commercial construction is in high demand across the U.S. and contractors remain optimistic about the current and forward-looking health of the sector, according to the Q3 USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index. Nearly all contractors surveyed (95 percent) expect revenues to grow or remain stable over the next 12 months compared to the prior 12 months, consistent with Q2 2017 survey responses.

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