Organizers load World of Concrete agenda for show’s 40th edition

Source: Hanley Wood Exhibitions, Dallas

World of Concrete debuted February 1975 with sponsors American Society for Concrete Contractors, American Concrete Pumping Association and Concrete Construction Publications, plus participating organizations, American Concrete Institute and Portland Cement Association. From that modest start would emerge the largest, annual international trade geared to commercial concrete construction.

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Mixer truck game app challenges, targets World of Concrete attendees

Sources: Hanley Wood Exhibitions, Dallas; CP staff

An electronic game app for mobile devices—where players steer mixer trucks through action-packed environments, aiming to deliver loads on time—has been released in the build up to a milestone World of Concrete, January 21-24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. “Rig Racin” is available in the Apple App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices.

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Solidia Technologies details low carbon, namesake cement’s properties, performance

Sources: Solidia Technologies, Piscataway, N.J.; CP staff

In the first of a two-part white paper series, Solidia Technologies profiles a sustainable cement which, when combined with proprietary concrete mix designs and production methods, can reduce the carbon footprint of finished products, slabs and structures by 70 percent compared to portland cement concrete alternatives.

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Brampton Brick set to consummate Atlas Block asset deal

Source: Brampton Brick, Brampton, Ontario

Canada’s second largest clay brick operator anticipates an early January closing on the assets of concrete building and hardscape unit producer, Atlas Block, including a Hillsdale, Ontario, flagship operation. The $12 million–$14 million transaction is through KPMG Inc., a court-appointed receiver of Atlas Block, and will allow Brampton Block to add concrete masonry capacity and take advantage of cost-saving synergies by consolidating production of similar items.

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Vulcan names Hill, McPherson executive VPs; Shepherd to number two post

Source: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.

Vulcan Materials’ executive management succession process will continue the first of the year with the elevation of Senior Vice President, South Region Tom Hill to executive vice president and chief operating officer, and his East Region counterpart, John McPherson, to executive vice president and chief financial officer.

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RMC Foundation, PCA commit $10 million to Concrete Sustainability Hub

Sources: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; CP staff

The Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation and Portland Cement Association boards have each approved another $5 million to support a second, five-year phase of concrete and infrastructure science, engineering, and economics studies at the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering-hosted Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub).

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Titan Concrete first East Coast player to issue EPD for ready mixed

Source: Titan America LLC, Norfolk, Va.

Titan Concrete has announced a group of environmental product declarations for ready mixed formulations common among Florida customers, becoming the first producer in the state and second in the country to develop EPD using Product Category Rules (PCR) of the University of Washington/College of the Built Environment-hosted Carbon Leadership Forum.

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Hazard Communication Plan takes hold; OSHA extends silica rule comment period

Effective this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires chemical manufacturers, distributors or importers (including ready mixed concrete producers) to adjust their Hazard Communication Plan. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association notes specifically that member producers need to change their Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDS’s to a new 16-part format Safety Data Sheet (SDS).

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