Beaver Concrete joins Bryan Materials Group

Sources: Frank Bryan Inc., Pittsburgh; CP staff

Independent ready mixed and aggregate operator Frank Bryan Inc. recently closed on Beaver Concrete & Gravel, Rochester, Pa. The rebranded Beaver Concrete & Supply becomes a satellite, up the Ohio River, to two larger Bryan Materials Group (BMG) ready mixed operations in Pittsburgh: the Frank Bryan flagship, whose downtown location affords participation in many signature-building contracts; and, Quality Concrete, focused on residential and light commercial work.

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EPA, DOT target HD truck fuel efficiency gains north of 20 percent

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

EPA- and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-proposed performance standards covering 2021–2027 model year heavy- and medium-duty trucks would achieve up to a 24 percent reduction of fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions when measured against a 2018 vehicle. The agencies address concrete mixers and dump trucks within a larger Vocational Vehicles category of heavy- and medium-duty models, representing what officials estimate is about 20 percent of fuel consumption in the transportation universe their proposal covers.

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NRMCA updates guide for performance alternatives to prescriptive concrete specs

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

The NRMCA Research Engineering and Standards (RES) Committee has revised Guide to Improving Specifications for Ready Mixed Concrete (2PE004) to reflect the recently released ACI 318-14, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. First published in 2009, the document is a tool for ready mixed producers to minimize prescriptive provisions in actual project specifications and encourage performance-based solutions.

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Indianapolis hosts 2015 Concrete Decor Show

Sources: ProTrade Publications, Eugene, Ore.; CP staff

Registration has opened for the 2015 Concrete Decor Show, September 28–October 2 at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, and can be obtained at The show covers the full range of decorative concrete construction, including design, specification, preparation, placement, finishing, repair, resurfacing, and maintenance—highlighting product applications and processes like precast, cast-in-place, coatings, finishes, flooring, countertops, landscape, pools, and vertical conditions. Joining contractors among attendees are design professionals, manufacturers, distributors/suppliers, resellers and retailers. Lead sponsors for the 2015 Concrete Decor Show are SureCrete Design Products and Kingdom Products.

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