FHWA revisits Buy America provisions for rebar tie wire, precast lifting devices

Sources: Federal Highway Administration; National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

Through a recent Federal Register notice, the Federal Highway Administration seeks comments on a one-year waiver under the Buy America Act for tie wire spools used in rebar-tying guns, and indicates the potential for similar action on precast concrete lifting devices. A public comment period runs through December 2 on three agency points:

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Dodge economist pegs 2017 construction growth at 5 percent

Source: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York

The 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook sees total U.S. construction starts for 2017 advancing 5 percent to $713 billion, following increases of 11 percent in 2015 and an estimated 1 percent this year. Projected 8 percent gains for both residential and nonresidential building next year will accompany an expected 3 percent drop in nonbuilding construction.

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Color solutions specialist Ferro builds concrete market footprint with Delta deal

Sources: Ferro Corp., Cleveland; CP staff

Ferro Corp. has entered agreements to acquire certain assets of Georgia-based toll blender Delta Performance Products, plus a Belgium business, Cappelle Pigments NV. Delta incorporates Ferro’s complex inorganic colored pigments in customized blends for ready mixed and manufactured concrete, especially hardscape units.

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