Florida Antitrust parties settle prior to appellate court action

Sources: United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Atlanta; CP staff

By Don Marsh

After nearly 30 months, plaintiffs and defendants appear to have closed a case alleging a price-fixing and market allocation conspiracy among four Sunshine State producers with integrated cement and ready mixed operations. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals filings throughout February cite a settlement of undisclosed terms; they culminated in an order granting plaintiffs’ withdrawal of a petition that could have continued proceedings.

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NRMCA webinar covers draft Environmental Product Declaration standard for concrete

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

A free, one-hour webinar NRMCA is presenting at 3 p.m. (EST) March 1 and 15 will examine “Product Category Rules for ISO 14025 Type III Environmental Product Declarations for Concrete,” a draft download of which is open to comment through the end of the month.

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NPCA Plant Certification shifts to new Quality Control Manual criteria

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

Effective March 1, the NPCA Quality Assurance Committee is applying the 9th Edition of the Quality Control Manual for Precast and Prestressed Concrete Plants to producers seeking or renewing plant certification. Available for free download, the manual is the baseline reference for a plant certification program now required by 34 state departments of transportation.

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Feds circle Martin Marietta, Vulcan market overlaps

In response to a potential Martin Marietta Materials–Vulcan Materials Co. merger the former company proposed in a late-2011, stock-for-stock exchange offer, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division has requested Vulcan provide ready mixed, aggregate and asphalt delivery detail from certain operations in 15 states. Vulcan noted in a Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) filing last month it had received from Justice officials a Civil Investigative Demand and request for additional information and documentary.

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Hanson Hardscapes helps Palmetto Bay project pace LEED Platinum

Hanson Hardscapes provided more than 40,000 sq. ft. of AquaPave permeable pavers for the three major spaces—civic green, Bismarkia palm court and entrance plaza—that create the public realm around the new Village of Palmetto Bay City Hall project, housing the police station, building department, municipal offices and council chambers. The AquaPave on-site stormwater management system supports the Florida town’s commitment to sustainability through its capacity to harvest stormwater for re-use.

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