Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. retired from Martin Marietta Materials’

Longtime Chairman of the Board Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. retired following Martin Marietta Materials’ annual shareholders meeting late last month, but remains a director. President and CEO C. Howard (Ward) Nye assumes the chairman’s post, completing a seamless and orderly succession process.

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BASF shrinks fiber packaging 50+ percent, optimizing storage, handling and dispersion

Sources: BASF Construction Chemicals, Cleveland; CP staff

BASF has unveiled advanced packaging for its Master Builders MasterFiber MAC Matrix product, whereby the macrosynthetic fiber is condensed in an aligned format, improving dispersion in concrete mixtures over traditional loose fiber alternatives.

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Five-year outlook sees pipe market nearing double-digit gains

Source: Freedonia Group, Cleveland

U.S. water and wastewater pipe demand will grow 7.7 percent per year to $18.1 billion in 2018, fueled by the building and construction market plus a continued need to upgrade and repair the country’s aging sewer and water pipe network, according to Water & Wastewater Pipe, a new Freedonia study.

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Infrastructure group endorses Grow America

The Board of Directors of the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI) supports all initiatives that promote the rebuilding and growth of infrastructure in the United States, and announced its support of the Grow America Act shortly after Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx outlined the proposal.

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AEM backs Better Highways campaign with Washington, D.C. fly-in credit

Through I Make America, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers is launching an initiative to encourage members and the construction industry’s hardworking ranks to fly-in to Washington, D.C., and support a new federal highway bill. Individuals who attended ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 may be eligible to receive $500 for travel expenses to attend an industry-associated “fly-in” to meet with federal lawmakers and regulators to advocate for funding of highways, roads, and bridges. For those individuals who do not claim their reimbursement, AEM will contribute $500 on their behalf to benefit wounded warriors.

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Green Parking Council launches project certification

Source: Green Parking Council (GPC), Dallas

Targeting high standards in sustainable facility design, technology, operations and management, the International Parking Institute-affiliated Green Parking Council has launched Green Garage Certification, paralleling it with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program.

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Decorative Concrete Council calls for 2014 Award entries

Source: American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis

ASCC’s Decorative Concrete Council is accepting through September 30 entries for the seventh annual Decorative Concrete Awards, presented in partnership with Concrete Construction and Architect magazines.

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Lawmakers, Administration move on highway funding reauthorization

Highway Trust Fund Ticker

Road and bridge construction stakeholders are tracking two major developments in Washington, D.C., as the Highway Trust Fund balance dwindles and the current federal highway funding program expires at the end of September.

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