Steel interests hone pitch on industry’s carbon footprint

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.

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New Enterprise executive transition ushers next generation management

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.

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Kenworth, Peterbilt roll out new mixer- and dump-ready models

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.

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Expocrete Concrete widens Oldcastle footprint to Western Canada

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.

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Senators revisit national concrete masonry check-off proposal

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.

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Report tracks Class 8 truck users’ fuel-saving technology adoption

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.

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