CIM program seeks donations for World of Concrete 2013 auction

Source: Concrete Industry Management, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

In preparation for its eighth annual auction scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6 at World of Concrete at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the CIM program—a business-intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management—is seeking donations. The silent auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the live auction following at 1 p.m.

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Clark Pacific adds fourth plant in Hanson Structural asset deal

Sources: Clark Pacific, West Sacramento, Calif.; CP staff

Already a major player in West Coast architectural and structural precast solutions, Clark Pacific has closed on the California assets of Hanson Structural Precast, including a flagship plant in Irwindale and 80-acre industrial-zoned site in Adelanto.

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Knife River veteran Hildestad sets retirement from helm of parent MDU

Sources: MDU Resources Group, Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff

Terry D. Hildestad will retire in early January as MDU Resources president and chief executive officer—a post he has held since 2006—and cap a 38-year career that began with the company’s Knife River Corp. subsidiary. Following his 1991 appointment as president, he oversaw Knife River’s expansion in aggregates, ready mixed concrete and road-building businesses, from the Dakotas to the West Coast and to Iowa and Texas. Construction materials emerged as a complimentary business to parent company MDU’s core utility and energy operations.

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Market researcher pegs strategies for building sales with brand-driven contractors

Source: Eric Mower + Associates Group (EMA), Syracuse, N.Y.

As brand loyalists, professional contractors purchase building supplies and tools based on names they know and trust, according to national research from the EMA B2B Contractor Specialty Group. Its survey of 500 general contractors and trade specialists also reveals methods of driving contractors to try new products.

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CSA drives MACK Complete Care

Mack Trucks has announced Complete Care, a preventive maintenance and inspection plan that promotes compliance, safety and accountability (CSA), while keeping customers’ trucks in top running condition. Operators using the plan simply contact OneCall, Mack’s ’round-the-clock customer support network, to schedule their next service.

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System controls process water pH

The WatchDog wastewater treatment system is used for NPDES permit compliance at industrial sites, allowing personnel to easily control pH levels of wastewater discharge. Through the use of a non-hazardous compound, sodium bisulfate, pH levels are monitored and adjusted automatically with minimal employee involvement. The pH WatchDog allows ready mixed, precast concrete, asphalt and mining operations to achieve regulatory compliance, avoid fines and maintain worker safety.

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