Teamsters leverage Seattle market strength in contract settling CalPortland strike

Seattle mood

Members of Teamsters Local 174 in Tukwila, Wash., approved a four-year contract last month with the Seattle market’s principal ready mixed operators: CalPortland, Cadman and Lehigh Cement, Stoneway Concrete, and Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel. Ratification of a deal covering nearly 300 drivers had major implications for concrete deliveries in downtown Seattle and areas immediately north, where technology companies and their employees are fueling a wave of mid- and high-rise building projects.

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Silica dust and new OSHA Construction, General Industry standards


A key supplier to trades frequently exposed to concrete and cement dust, Bosch Power Tools engaged former Concrete Construction editor and Bomanite pattern stamped flatwork contractor Joe Nasvik in a discussion on the federal government’s revised threshold for crystalline silica levels in Construction and General Industry workplaces. The agency has set a compliance target this month for contractors bound by the Construction workplace rule, with General Industry employers to follow in June 2018.

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Oldcastle-style capital reallocation

Dublin-based CRH Plc entered the U.S. nearly 40 years ago, a deal for Idaho’s Amcor Precast seeding a broad, deep portfolio under the Oldcastle Inc. banner. Now designated Americas Products and Americas Materials in the CRH group, the Oldcastle Architectural, Materials and Precast businesses have long since grown to command top or top five U.S. market positions in block & paver, packaged dry mix and raw materials, ready mixed concrete, aggregates, and drainage- or utility-centered precast products and structures.

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Applications open for 2018-19 CIM Executive MBA Program

Sources: CIM National Steering Committee, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; CP staff

The Concrete Industry Management program is accepting applications for the next cohort of CIM Master of Business Administration degree candidates until November 1. Offered through the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University, the program will run in seven-week blocks and combine distance learning, webinars, plus two on-campus visits.

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Report reveals precast/prestressed plant carbon, energy and water metrics

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

Through eight quarters of North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program (NAPCSPP) data reporting, PCI producers are establishing representative baselines in carbon dioxide emissions and resource consumption. “Members in the NAPCSPP have reduced waste and energy and water use,” says PCI Sustainability and Publications Director Emily Lorenz. “That’s good for the environment and good for their bottom line.”

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CIM patrons call for donations to 2018 auction at World of Concrete

Source: Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Concrete Industry Management program supporters have begun pooling equipment, tool, travel package and other donated items for the 2018 CIM Auction, January 24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Customarily scheduled on World of Concrete day two, the event will see silent bidding from 11 a.m. through the 1 p.m. live auction start.

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