OSHA sets mid-August timeframe for Safe + Sound Week

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Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA will join businesses and organizations nationwide, August 12-18, to recognize the importance of workplace safety and health programs. The agency’s Safe + Sound Week encourages employers to implement safety initiatives and highlight workers’ contributions to accident reduction. Businesses that incorporate safety and health programs can help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce workers’ compensation costs, and improve productivity, OSHA officials contend. 

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CRH reloads acquisition chest with $1.9 billion Distribution deal

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

Two years after dispatching its Americas Distribution business in a $2.6 billion deal with Beacon Roofing Supply, CRH has penned an agreement to sell a parallel European franchise to private equity and asset management giant Blackstone for $1.9 billion. The Europe Distribution spans General Builders Merchants, which supplies bath, heating and plumbing products to professionals and homeowners through a network of local and regional brands across six countries in Western Europe. 

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Finance chief becomes top NRMCA, PCA shared-staff member

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

Concurrent with relocation of their Washington, D.C. area staff to neighboring office suites in northern Virginia, NRMCA and Portland Cement Association have appointed Debra Adlis to the respective roles of executive vice president of Finance and chief financial officer. She arrives as the groups’ top shared-staff member after 20-plus years in CFO roles for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and a handful of other non-profit organizations. 

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NPCA sets October window for national Precast Days activities

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

The National Precast Concrete Association bills the inaugural Precast Days as an opportunity for producer members to provide engineers, specifiers, students, professors and the community at large with a personal, up-close look at their plant operations. The association has set up a portal through which members can choose a plant tour date during the last two weeks of October. 

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Researchers’ new LOI measurement increases fly ash supply

Sources: Penn State University, State College; CP staff

Penn State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers’ “Evaluation of Two-Atmosphere Thermogravimetric Analysis for Determining the Unburned Carbon Content in Fly Ash” has received the 2019 Outstanding Article Award by the ASTM International’s Advances in Civil Engineering Materials journal.

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Partnership ponders 3D-printed, graphene-dosed mixes

Sources: GrapheneCA, New York; CP staff

A memorandum of understanding sets the stage for GrapheneCA, a commercial scale producer of its namesake compound, to design an extruder and mixing system embedded into the 3D printing equipment of Apis Cor Co., San Francisco. Graphene is an advanced carbon agent emanating from nanotechnology and exhibits strong potential as a high-performance concrete admixture. 

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McInnis doubles Northeast terminals’ throughput, scouts new sites

Sources: McInnis Cement, Montreal; CP staff

A $500 million private capital refinancing positions McInnis Cement to continue ramping up terminal and rail distribution infrastructure throughout the Northeast. Outlays for 2019-20 adhere a market development plan attending the producer’s 2017 dedication of a 2 million-plus ton/year greenfield plant on the eastern reaches of Quebec. 

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Eastern Concrete, Stony Creek leave mark on Statue of Liberty Museum


Last month, the much-anticipated Statue of Liberty Museum opened on Liberty Island, just steps away from the national landmark. New Jersey-based Phelps Construction Group constructed the 26,000-sq.-ft. building on an aggressive schedule and within the $70 million budget set by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

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