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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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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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Pennstress helps DOT take six-bridge schedule from months to weeks

Capturing the essence of the Federal Highway Administration’s Every Day Counts initiative, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 5-0 hit a grand slam by initiating, awarding and successfully completing a milestone, multiple-bridge contract designed and constructed with precast concrete components. The 2017-18 project took place along Interstate 78 in Berks County; innovative construction practices, coupled with precast girders and abutment elements, reduced the schedule for each structure from several months to several weeks.

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NRMCA chairman, committees honor annual award recipients

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association committees and divisions convening last month in Houston recognized individuals and groups for association and industry contributions. Concrete Products joins NRMCA in saluting those honored at the 2018 convention, by AWARD:

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Clark Pacific programs a robust design tool for a hot market

Precast/prestressed producer and design/build specialist Clark Pacific, West Sacramento, Calif., has launched CP Campus Housing, a set of integrated structural and façade components that maximize flexibility for Type I dormitory or apartment projects, and enable more owners and designers to leverage off-site construction for cost and schedule savings plus reduced campus disruption.

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