Command Alkon, Five Cubits ink partnership

Source: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala. Command Alkon has announced a formal agreement establishing Five Cubits, a web-based bulk material supply chain solutions provider, as a “Certified Integration Partner.” It allows for formal product integration efforts to benefit joint customers, while both companies continue efforts in providing technical solutions jointly to their user bases and the construction materials industry. Based near…

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Pumice operator ramps up concrete pozzolan processing, national distribution

Sources: Hess Pumice Products, Malad City, Idaho; CP staff

By Don Marsh

Family-owned Hess Pumice has developed 3-micron and 15-micron gradations of its amorphous aluminum silicate product, each with pozzolanic properties well suited to concrete mixes. A sister business to Hess Ready Mix, it recently doubled capacity at its Wright Creek Area mine in southeast Idaho, announcing availability of the HessPozz product to concrete producers across the country.

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Consumer confidence spurs new-home demand to level of pre-mortgage market meltdown

Source: National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.

Nationwide production and permitting of new homes rose sharply in September to their highest levels in more than four years, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. A 15 percent gain brought the pace of new housing construction to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000 units, while an 11.6 percent gain brought the pace of permit issuance to 894,000 units. These were the strongest numbers seen in both categories since July 2008.

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