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NPCA presentation covers ASTM C1821 practice

The National Precast Concrete Association Manhole Product Committee has developed a PowerPoint presentation to educate specifiers about ASTM C1821 Standard Practice for Installation of Underground Circular Precast Concrete Manhole Structures, published last year.

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Investor acquires controlling Fabcon stake from Los Angeles peer

Solace Capital Partners has purchased a majority interest in Fabcon Holding Corp. from fellow Los Angeles investor Platinum Equity, which acquired the Minnesota-based precast/prestressed concrete wall panel producer in 2016 and maintains a minority stake.

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Boral transforms sub-grade ash to performance, lightweight aggregate

Atlanta-based Boral Resources, the leader in concrete-grade fly ash marketing, has secured U.S. commercialization rights for processing ceramic lightweight aggregate from high carbon residuals generated at coal-fired power stations or impounded at their sites or designated landfills.

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Dryvit tests insulated brick, EIFS, ICF synergies in Nudura deal

Expanding its scope of energy-efficient building solutions for commercial and residential markets, leading Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) manufacturer Dryvit Systems Inc., West Warwick, R.I., has acquired Nudura Corp., a key insulating concrete form manufacturer and distributor. Ontario-based Nudura will be a stand-alone unit of Dryvit, which along with EIFS has developed NewBrick, an insulated clay brick-styled veneer product. Both businesses are part of RPM Specialty Products, one of three groups under Medina, Ohio-based RPM International—parent of admixture producer Euclid Chemical (Industrial Products).

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Contractors challenged to pace bids with labor, material cost increases

Prices for goods and services used in construction climbed 6.2 percent over the past year and are intensifying a cost squeeze on contractors coping with widespread labor shortages, according to an Associated General Contractors of America analysis of new Labor Department data, including Producer Price Index (PPI) figures tracking an August 2017–2018 trajectory.

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