NRMCA mobilizes opposition to recorder device mandate covering mixers

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

NRMCA is urging member producers and other ready mixed industry stakeholders to relay to their federal representatives opposition to transportation funding bill language requiring electronic on-board recorders (EOBR) in all commercial vehicles as part of hours of service regulation compliance. The proposed language remains at a late stage of House and Senate negotiations for the federal transportation program, funding for which expires June 30.

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Cemex sprouts corporate sustainability seal

Sources: Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff

Products and services in the Cemex building solutions portfolio with outstanding sustainability performance will carry a green- and blue-lettered seal, “ecoperating.” Earmarked for 2012-13 roll out in European and Latin American businesses, it was developed through a rigorous internal process that measures the environmental or social impact of a wide range of value propositions—from low (embodied) carbon dioxide cement and concrete products or paperless invoicing services, to construction solutions like concrete pavements with smart LED lighting or affordable-housing initiatives.

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Economists differ on 2013 construction market outlook

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Arlington, Va.; CP Staff

During a June 20 national online news conference, American Institute of Architects Chief Economist Kermit Baker, National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist David Crowe and ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu shared their thoughts on the 2013 construction market forecast. Baker began by reinforcing the market’s state: “Construction unfortunately is the last major sector in the economy yet to recover from this downturn we’ve been through. We’ve seen some progress on the residential side and really none yet in non-residential construction activity.”

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Euclid adds Brazilian admixture business

Source: RPM International, Cleveland

RPM International Inc. has acquired Viapol Ltda., a leading Brazilian manufacturer and marketer of building materials and construction products, including concrete admixtures. Based in Cacapava, near Sao Paulo, with annual sales of approximately $85 million, Viapol will become part of RPM’s Euclid Chemical Co.

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