Transportation Coalition leaders back Obama’s transit-friendly DOT nominee

Sources: Office of White House Press Secretary; Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), Washington, D.C.

The two leading groups tracking federal transportation construction funding and policy issued statements favorable to President Obama’s nomination of Charlotte (N.C.) Mayor Anthony Foxx to succeed Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

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ACI names former PCA, NRMCA engineer Ellis president

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

Anne Ellis, FACI, was elected ACI 2013-14 president during the group’s spring meeting in Minneapolis. Prior to joining AECOM in Springfield, Va., as vice president, Government Initiatives, she represented the concrete and cement industries as National Ready Mixed Concrete Association applied engineering manager and Portland Cement Association regional structural engineer. During 30-plus years of architectural, engineering and construction experience, she has served as design engineer or manager with firms including Martin, Cagley & Middlebrook and Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas.

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NRMCA certifies industry’s first Environmental Product Declaration for concrete

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; Central Concrete Supply Inc., San Jose, Calif.; CP staff

The first NRMCA-certified Environmental Product Declaration covers nearly 1,500 concrete mixes produced at eight San Francisco Bay Area plants owned and operated by Central Concrete.

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Votorantim Cimentos eyes NYSE listing in prospective $5.4 billion IPO

Sources: Votorantim Industrial S.A., São Paulo; CP staff

The ultimate parent company of Toronto-based Votorantim Cement North America (VCNA) has outlined acquisition and management strategies to follow an initial public offering for shares of its multinational cement, concrete and aggregate business, Votorantim Cimentos S.A., trading on the São Paulo Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange.

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Bipartisan House team matches Senate masonry check-off legislation

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association; Library of Congress

Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) have introduced the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education and Promotion Act of 2013 (H.R. 1563), identical to legislation (S.429) Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) unveiled in February.

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