Source: ASTM International Symposium, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff
Members of ASTM Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates invite preliminary abstracts of candidate papers for Symposium on Advances in Cement Analysis and Concrete Petrography, June 27, 2018, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego.
Sources: Daikin North America, Waller, Texas; CP staff
Officials of Daikin Industries and subsidiary Goodman Global Group, leaders in indoor heating and cooling systems and refrigerants, hosted a late-May dedication of the $400 million-plus Daikin Texas Technology Park (DTTP). Located on a 500-acre site northwest of Houston, the facility is the largest to date built by the tilt-up concrete wall method—its 370 panels measuring more than 2 miles in length.
Sources: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff
Vulcan Materials has reached a definitive agreement with Mill Valley, Calif., investor SPO Partners to acquire Aggregates USA LLC for $900 million. The cash deal is the second nine-figure transaction this year involving rock production and distribution assets, following CRH/Oldcastle Materials’ planned takeover of Indiana-based Mulzer Crushed Stone, announced in March.
Sources: Charah LLC, Louisville, Ky.; CP staff
The largest independent coal ash processor and marketer has added a Sulphur, La., terminal to a distribution system of multiple sourcing locations across the country, aimed at ensuring concrete producers and other customers a steady and reliable supply of Class C and Class F fly ash. The new site offers Greater Lake Charles/Sulfur Area producers Class F fly ash, and is Charah’s second barge-supplied location in southern Louisiana—alongside a LaPlace terminal serving in state, Mississippi and Alabama accounts.
Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff
Adding to an early-2017 bill targeting the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has introduced The Opportunity in Federal Construction Act (S. 1200), which directs the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to use Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data to calculate prevailing wages for federal and federally assisted construction projects. A BLS data method would replace the current practice of relying on the DOL Wage and Hour Division to calculate Davis-Bacon-bound job wage levels.
Sources: Georgia Department of Transportation; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; CP staff
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao joined Georgia Governor Nathan Deal just ahead of Memorial Day weekend to mark the earlier than projected completion of an emergency Georgia DOT contract, Interstate 85 over Piedmont Road Bridges, in Atlanta. Fast track reconstruction turned on rapid delivery of precast/prestressed concrete bridge girders from Standard Concrete Products, Columbus, Ga.