Senate advances resilient building practice via Water Resources Development Act

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Leading into the mid-May passage of the Water Resources Development Act (S. 601), NRMCA commended Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) for an amendment requiring the National Academy of Sciences and Government Accountability Office to study and provide recommendations on how to use resilient building techniques in disaster response.

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Limited exposure to Europe helps Votorantim Cimentos in IPO quest

In 2012 business reviews, the world’s leading public cement companies confirm sales or profit declines reflecting deep ties to European Union economies beset by nightmarish governing. Brazil’s Votorantim Cimentos S.A. is preparing to join the publicly traded operators club, presenting investors a portfolio with a key differentiating factor—minor European exposure—compared to peers Cemex SAB de C.V., Heidelberg Cement, Holcim Ltd., Italcementi SpA and Lafarge Group.

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Fixed, portable plant duo nets Prairie 185 yd./hour on urban RCC pavement

Sources: CP staff; Prairie Material, Bridgeview, Ill.

Coupling a portable 8-yd. horizontal shaft, spiral blade mixer and conventional tilt drum model, Prairie Material’s Indianapolis flagship plant opened May with 6,500 yd. of roller compacted concrete mix for an Indiana Rail Road Co. pavement.

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Command Alkon adds dashboard, mobile computing capabilities in 323 deal

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

Command Alkon has announced purchase of the Scout and Compass products from Ironwood, Ala.-based 323 Solutions, Inc., pioneers of mobile sales automation and mobile reporting tools for construction materials producers.

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