Lehigh Hanson builds ash capacity through second Prairie Province station

Sources: SaskPower, Regina, Saskatchewan; CP staff

Lehigh Hanson Materials Ltd. has entered a 10-year agreement to market fly ash from the SaskPower Shand Power Station, boosting annual supply potential from the province to 215,000 tonnes. A supply contract follows a similar 2012 agreement covering fly ash from SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Station.

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Major underwriter seeds Connecticut foundations repair fund

Sources: The Travelers Companies Inc., Hartford, Conn.; CP staff

A $5 million Travelers Cos. fund will assist Connecticut customers whose homes exhibit concrete deterioration associated with expansion attributed to pyrrhotite, an iron sulfide-bearing compound identified in aggregate from a Willington, Conn. quarry. The voluntary Travelers Benefit Program offers up to $25,000 and $10,000, respectively, to current and past policyholders whose repair costs exceed awards from the recently launched Connecticut Foundations Solutions Indemnity Company (CFSIC). 

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Court fines ex-Universal Concrete QC manager $700K for falsifying records

Sources: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria; CP staff

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia has obtained a $700,567 judgment against Andrew Nolan, a former quality control manager for Pennsylvania-based Universal Concrete Products Corp. The fine follows an August 2018 agreement in which he pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud by falsifying air content test results on the federally funded Dulles Metrorail Project in northern Virginia. 

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Sika names Strittmatter to top U.S. admixture business post

Sources: Sika Corp., Lyndhurst,  N.J.; CP staff

A year after joining Sika Corp. as vice president of Sales – Carribean, Thomas Strittmatter has been promoted to Target Market Concrete vice president. A BASF Construction Chemicals veteran with 25-plus years in the construction industry, he will be responsible for defining and implementing the Sika U.S. admixture business strategic direction, aligning sales, marketing, research & development, operations and logistics to meet customer and shareholder expectations. 

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Kiewit, CH2M veteran leads Oldcastle Infrastructure Regulatory group

Sources: Oldcastle Infrastructure, Atlanta; CP staff

Oldcastle Infrastructure has designated a Regulatory Management group to support its Stormwater product line. Director of Engineering Jay Holtz, PE will transition in the same capacity to lead a team dedicated to enhancing the regulatory environment for treatment and storage solutions, and sustaining product line growth.

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Road Builders project modest transportation market gains in new year

Source: American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), Washington, D.C. 

ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black projects a 4.2 percent year-over-year increase for the 2019 transportation infrastructure market, reflecting higher federal, state and local government investment across all modes. Total U.S. transportation construction and related-market activity is projected to eclipse $278 billion in 2019, up from this year’s trending tally of nearly $267 billion.

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Christensen to lead BASF Admixture Systems business

Sources: BASF Construction Chemicals, Beachwood, Ohio; CP staff

Dr. Bruce Christensen, vice president, has assumed responsibility for the BASF Admixture Systems business in the U.S. and Canada, operating from the regional business unit headquarters near Cleveland and succeeding Juan Alfonso Garcia, who was named head of Construction Chemicals Latin America in October.

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Construction Supply Group adds All-Tex, Masonpro, Titan businesses

Sources: Construction Supply Group, Denver; CP staff

Concrete and masonry contractor-driven Construction Supply Group has expanded its Southwest and Upper Midwest presence, closing deals for Dallas-based All-Tex Supply Inc., with two Oklahoma and three Texas branches; Northville, Mich.-based Masonpro Inc., with one Ohio, two Indiana and six Michigan locations; and, Titan Construction Supply in Reno, Nev. They join 10 other businesses acquired since the late-2016 launch of CSG, now positioned as the second largest distributor of its kind in North America. The company has nearly 100 branches, payroll exceeding 1,350, and more than 60,000 stockkeeping units for 50,000-plus customers.

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Jensen Precast enters Oregon, expands offerings through Brooks deal

Sources: Jensen Precast, Sparks, Nev.; CP staff

A key source of engineered concrete infrastructure solutions for West Coast markets, Jensen Precast has acquired underground structure specialist Brooks Products, operating Portland, Ore., and Ontario, Calif., plants. The deal marks an Oregon entry for Jensen Precast and enables it to provide an expanded product line and expedited service for a variety of infrastructure conditions. The Ontario location, moreover, affords Jensen Precast a robust will call service for southern California customers seeking walk-in purchases. 

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Rebar, strand producer Keystone joins global steel player Liberty

Sources: GFG Alliance, London; CP staff

GFG Alliance has entered a binding agreement to purchase all of the outstanding stock in Keystone Consolidated Industries Inc., Dallas, from holding company Contran Corp. It projects a closing of the $320 million deal by year end and will integrate the business with an existing portfolio company, Liberty Steel USA, based at a Georgetown, S.C., mill acquired in late-2017 from Arcelor Mittal. 

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