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Tall timber not ready for prime time

It has been a tough summer for advocates of combustible materials-rich construction methods that stretch the limits of relaxed building codes and are pitched as environmentally friendly alternatives to concrete or steel.

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Media skips concrete details fit to print

Recent news cycles remind us of the ignorance surrounding concrete durability, life cycle performance, and perceived connection to global warming tied to carbon dioxide emissions in portland cement production.

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Fire sprinkler safety assumptions dumb down life and death matters

If recent columns on encouraging White House, Departments of Labor, Transportation and Treasury, and the Environmental Protection Agency actions haven’t made the case, here’s another reason for concrete interests to respect President Donald Trump: He is versed on one of the principal value propositions of cast-in-place, precast or masonry load-bearing assemblies.

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NCMA begins second century equal to challenges new and old

Congratulations to members and staff are the order of the month as the National Concrete Masonry Association observes a 100-year anniversary. One of the oldest groups in building and construction, it shares a century mark with businesses and organizations no less than Ash Grove Cement, Besser Co. and Lehigh Portland Cement, as well as the American Concrete Institute, American Concrete Pipe Association and Portland Cement Association.

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Industry embraces workforce development

Ready mixed and manufactured-concrete producers have enjoyed gradually improving business for much of the past five years. Like employers throughout the economy, many have encountered a tightening labor market, culminating with 2018 unemployment levels approaching 20-year lows and industry-wide prioritizing of recruiting and retaining production and delivery talent.

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