Sources: World Steel Association (Worldsteel), Brussels; American Iron & Steel Institute, Washington, D.C.; CP staff
Based on five years of data collection methodology applied to 200 mills worldwide, a new ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standard eases calculation of carbon dioxide emission intensity from iron and steel production.
Source: New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., New Enterprise, Pa.
Paul I. Detwiler III has been named New Enterprise Stone & Lime chief executive officer, maintaining his titles of president, secretary and director, but vacating a chief financial officer post. He will oversee an integrated aggregate, ready mixed, manufactured-concrete, asphalt and road-building business with strong Pennsyvlania and New York presence.
Sources: Kenworth Truck Co., Kirkland, Wash.; Peterbilt Motors, Denton, Texas
The two heavy-duty brands of Paccar Inc. showed new vocational models at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, both sporting variations of a common, set back front axle vehicle platform with 12.9-liter Paccar MX-13 engine; 83-in. (2.1-m) wide aluminum cab; sloped, multi-piece hood fabricated of impact-absorbing Metton composite; and, panoramic windshield offering marked visibility improvements over predecessor chassis.
Sources: Expocrete Concrete Products Ltd., Edmonton; CP staff
Oldcastle Building Products has gained expansive territory in block, hardscape and precast products, acquiring one of Canada’s top manufactured-concrete operators and staking claim well beyond Quebec and Ontario, markets its Permacon business serves.
Sources: McGraw Hill Construction, Engineering News-Record, New York; CP staff
After five years of depressed or sluggish conditions, the construction industry is set to show meaningful gains in 2013 activity, according to executives surveyed for the ENR Construction Industry Confidence Index (CICI).
Sources: Georgia Power, Atlanta; CP staff
A 41-hour pour has seen lead contractor Shaw Nuclear complete a 6-ft. thick basemat, approximately 250- x 160-ft. wide, to support the first new U.S. nuclear power unit in 30 years.
Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff
Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Roy Blount (R-MO) have brought the 113th Congress legislation enabling concrete masonry producers to pursue development of a national check-off program, where an assessment per unit sold would support industry research, education, and promotion.
Source: Belgard Hardscapes, Atlanta
Belgard Hardscapes is challenging contractors across the country to share a new sales or marketing approach that will grow their business in 2013, accepting submissions through May 15 at Belgard.biz/ultimate.
Source: North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE)
NACFE’s Annual Fuel Efficiency Benchmark Study examines 10 large, on-highway fleets, including regional tractors and trailers, on the use of products and practices supporting high fuel efficiency levels. Announced at the American Trucking Associations Technology & Maintenance Council meeting in Nashville, it finds fleets saving on average $5,700 per year in fuel expense—a $1,300 savings change against 2011 Fleet Fuel Efficiency Benchmark Study data.
Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.
A proposed standard, WK39876, Specification for Returned Fresh Concrete for Use in a New Batch of Ready-Mixed Concrete, will cover process, verification and record keeping procedures for recycling mixes.