Notre Dame team takes second consecutive PCI Big Beam competition

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

The PCI Student Education Committee has named the 20 top performers in its Engineering Student Design Competition—better known as the Big Beam Contest—where teams fabricate and test precast/prestressed specimens with the help of local PCI producer members. Points are earned for efficient design, load capacity and other criteria.

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Argos secures Mid-Atlantic market presence in $660M Essroc mill, terminal deal

Sources: CP staff; HeidelbergCement AG, Germany

A major transaction key to the merger of Lehigh Cement Co. and Essroc Cement Corp. parent companies, HeidelbergCement and Italcementi S.p.A., is scheduled for a fourth quarter closing and subject to U.S. Federal Trade Commission approval. Per a definitive agreement HeidelbergCement announced on August 18, Argos USA LLC will acquire Essroc’s Martinsburg, W.Va., cement plant and seven terminals in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, plus a Lehigh terminal in upstate New York.

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Lead construction economists confirm private sectors’ near-term growth prospects

Source: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.

The Associated Builders & Contractors, American Institute of Architects and National Association of Home Builders chief economists assembled in Washington, D.C., for a mid-year market forecast, outlining stable to strong residential and commercial project activity through 2017.

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New directors bring Martin Marietta rail, trucking perspectives

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials Inc., Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff

Former Union Pacific Corp. Chairman and CEO Jack Koraleski was elected to the 10-member Martin Marietta board on August 15, joining Republic Services President and CEO Don Slager, who was appointed during the producer’s late-May annual general shareholders meeting. They succeed Frank Menaker Jr. and Richard Vinroot who, after 23 and 20 years on the board, respectively, were not eligible for election due to their reaching mandatory retirement age.

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NRMCA releases concrete testing presentation, checklist tools

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

With Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association assistance, the NRMCA Research, Engineering and Standards Committee has produced a checklist and PowerPoint presentation, “Code and Standards Requirements for Acceptance Testing,” spanning these methods and practice topics:

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Schwing America, Putzmeister America announce chief executive transitions

Sources: Schwing America, St. Paul, Minn.; Putzmeister America, Sturtevant, Wis.; CP staff

Pumping equipment and mixer truck manufacturer Schwing America announced the resignation, effective immediately, of CEO Brian Hazelton, who notified the German parent of his intention to pursue a new leadership position in the recreational vehicle industry. “Until a new chief executive office is announced, operation will be ‘business as usual’ for our employees, customer and suppliers,” notes Schwing Group CEO Dr. Gunther Abolins.

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Jenna asset deal enables U.S. Concrete to burrow deeper into New York City

Sources: U.S. Concrete, Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

U.S. Concrete has acquired the two plants and 52-mixer fleet of Jenna Concrete Corp. The producer has established a New York City presence over 25 years, supplying ready mixed to commercial and residential building projects in its Bronx home base and the neighboring borough of Manhattan. The Jenna assets join a Big Apple portfolio U.S. Concrete has significantly strengthened in the past 18 months through Ferrara Bros. Building Materials, Greco Brothers and Nycon Supply deals.

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Superior Concrete arrives at tiny house exhibit, 200-sq.-ft. prototype in tow


Sources: Superior Concrete Products, Euless, Texas; CP staff

Superior Concrete Tiny Houses, an affiliate of Superior Concrete Products, debuted its newest model during the 2016 Tiny House Jamboree earlier this month in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Colorado Cool is a 200-sq.-ft., one-bedroom structure built on a rugged goose-neck trailer, giving tiny home enthusiasts the ability to relocate.

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