Vulcan, Martin Marietta, Oldcastle poised for 2013 gains from flat 2012

Sources: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.; CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff   

In investor guidance, the top three U.S. aggregate producers—each with varying levels of integrated concrete, cement, asphalt and road building businesses—report slight 2012 sales or earnings improvement over the prior year, plus 2013 market confidence underpinned by MAP-21 highway bill funding and residential building gains.   

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Hanson, Oldcastle Precast lead safety award pool spanning 9 million man-hours

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

Forty-eight plants under Hanson Building Products, Oldcastle Precast and six other producers were named in two categories—0 to 60,000 hours and 60,000 to 120,000—of the NPCA Safety Awards. The competition saw 124 entries based on OSHA 300 log reporting for calendar year 2012, the award-winning plants representing in excess of 9 million man-hours of production time.

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Buffalo RM, Forta project takes first Innovative Fiber Project award

Source: Fiber Reinforced Concrete Association, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Convening at World of Concrete, FRCA announced its inaugural award program winner: the Martin Luther King Jr./ Humboldt Basin pool and rink in Buffalo, N.Y., awarded to member Forta Corp. in Grove City, Pa. Forta fiber was used in the 3,700 yd. of concrete Buffalo Redi-Mix supplied to contractor Man O-Trees Inc.

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PCI calls for Design Awards Competition entries

Source: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago

PCI accepting 2013 Design Awards entries through May 20, continuing a longstanding program to recognize design and engineering excellence, innovation, and construction quality using precast concrete. Winning projects will be featured at the 2013 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference, and in PCI Journal plus Aspire and Ascent magazines.

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Garcia to succeed BASF admixture systems chief Cottrell

Sources: BASF Construction Chemicals, Beachwood, Ohio; CP staff

Twenty three-year BASF Construction Chemicals veteran Juan Alfonso Garcia will shift April 1 from a Zurich post as vice president of Market Management, Europe, to Cleveland-based vice president of admixture systems. He will be responsible for North American, Central American and Caribbean businesses, and succeed Gabriel Cottrell, who is retiring after 35 years with BASF Construction Chemicals, the last six overseeing admixture systems.

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CIM World of Concrete auction sustains record-take streak

Sources: National Steering Committee for Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; CP staff

The CIM National Steering Committee grossed more than $615,000 at its seventh annual auction, held during World of Concrete earlier this month at the Las Vegas Convention Center.The signature item was a Mack Granite with 11-yd. McNeilus mixer, Tim Ashley of Clovis Concrete, New Mexico, the winning bidder.

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Global cement group guides Environmental Product Declarations for plain concrete

Sources: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Geneva; CP staff

WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative’s (CSI) new Product Category Rules (PCR) for unreinforced concrete offer producers a common methodology to prepare Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for their mixes. CSI membership includes all multinational companies with integrated North American operations: Argos, CRH, Cemex, GCC, Heidelberg, Holcim, Lafarge, Taiheiyo, Titan and Votorantim.

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