McInnis Cement counters Quebec plant opponents’ government subsidy claims

Sources: McInnis Cement, Montreal; Lafarge North America, Chicago; CP staff

Responding to Lafarge North America charges of “enormous subsidies” behind a $1 billion greenfield cement plant and marine terminal in eastern Quebec, McInnis Cement contends: “The project has no subsidies [and] is being financed based on the merits of the business, with all debt and equity investors involved doing so on a commercial basis alone.”

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Contractor cited in job fatality

OSHA has proposed $14,000 in fines for Van Kirk Sand and Gravel, which operates as Van Kirk Brothers Contracting, for two serious safety violations related to a July 2014 incident in Holdrege, Neb., where two workers were injured, one fatally, while installing drainage structures. An inspection found that one of the employees sustained puncture wounds from a bucket after it…

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Johnson County Pipe affords federal lawmaker ‘hands on’ plant tour


When Representative Roger Williams (TX-25), a key House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee member, toured Johnson County Pipe in Alvarado, Texas, he shook hands, observed advanced cage and product machinery, and then took controls to complete a concrete pipe section. His visit was the latest in a series of American Concrete Pipe Association-organized plant tours aimed at underscoring the industry’s commitment to quality production and worker safety, while reinforcing concerns about the federal government’s insufficient infrastructure funding.  

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Dodge economist sees 9 percent gain in 2015 construction starts

Source: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York City

The 2015 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in industry forecasting and business planning, projects U.S. residential, nonresidential and nonbuilding work climbing to $612 billion next year, up from the $564 billion estimated for 2014 and high by recent historical standards.

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Plant expansion positions Con-Tech to double mixer production efficiency

Source: CP staff; Con-Tech Manufacturing, Dodge Center, Minn.

Con-Tech is set to close out 2014 with a 65,000 sq. ft. addition to its plant, housing new central parts department, paint lines, drum-mounting stations, shipping & receiving department and offices—bringing to 200,000 square feet the mixer truck manufacturer has under roof.

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