Dominguez heads North to succeed Cemex USA chief Madridejos

Source: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico

A routine Cemex executive suite shuffling will see Jaime Muguiro Dominguez, president of South, Central America and the Caribbean, transition September 1 to the post of Cemex USA president, succeeding 23-year company veteran Ignacio Madridejos. Replacing Dominguez will be Cemex Executive Vice President of Sustainability and Operations Development Jesus Gonzalez. His successor, Executive Vice President of Global Commercial Development Juan Romero Torres, will maintain his present duties in a new role, executive vice president of Sustainability, Commercial and Operations Development. Torres’ responsibilities will include Energy, Health & Safety, Procurement, Research & Development, and Technology. 

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Feds’ resilience program funds concrete, masonry building research

Sources: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Md.; CP staff

NIST has announced grants for research into how earthquakes, wind and fire affect the built environment, targeting results that inform building designs, codes and standards. One of 12 projects addresses combustible-material performance in the face of hazard exposure; three others focus on concrete or masonry structure behavior following seismic events.

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Florida investor envisions $100M automated precast plant venture

Sources: Fortified Precast Technologies LLC, Ocala, Fla.; CP staff

Fortified Precast Technologies has outlined an ambitious Florida residential real estate development plan, leveraging a partnership with German precast concrete production specialist Vollert Group and Opportunity Zone provisions in the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). The company’s Fortified Precast Opportunity Fund is authorized to raise $100 million in $20 million increments to build five plants incorporating Vollert mix delivery, form pallet and companion robotics or casting components. At 32,720 sq. ft. of daily wall panel output, the operations would be capable of supplying more than 4,200 home projects annually. The capacity would be initially targeted to the Sunshine State market, which seen residential building permits climb from 116,200 in 2016, to 122,700 in 2017 and 142,300 last year. 

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EP Henry, Lafarge, Solidia mark low-carbon binder’s commercial launch

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; Solidia Technologies, Piscataway, N.J.; CP staff

A venture between the LafargeHolcim U.S. Cement business and Solidia Technologies will supply EP Henry’s Wrightstown, N.J., block & paver plant with a reduced carbon dioxide binder plus companion curing equipment. The proprietary production method’s formal launch stems from a six-year effort by the three companies to bring to commercial scale a technology that reduces embodied CO2 in manufactured concrete by up to 70 percent versus conventional, portland cement-based production methods. Development has centered on Solidia Cement milled at the Lafarge Whitehall plant in western Pennsylvania, along with aggregate materials Solidia Technologies sources separately.

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Fast-set coating

HT-100F polyurea coating can be applied in cooler temperatures without affecting durability. A chemical reaction draws the polyurea into the concrete to create a strong bond to the surface. The fast-setting coating’s elongation properties help bridge cracks in concrete, deliver lower permeability for better waterproofing, and provide decades of protection. HT-100F is shown here at the site of a 1 million-plus square foot resort project. Specialty Products, Inc., Lakewood, Wash., 253/588-7101;

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Scale terminal

The attendant-free FB2550 Driver Assist Terminal is designed to speed the vehicle-weighing process and reduce associated operating costs. It allows terminal interaction without leaving the vehicle, eliminating safety concerns and liability that can occur when drivers walk across scale platforms and traffic lanes. A color touch screen, large text and numeric keys, as well as simple-to-understand prompts facilitate and speed operation. The FB2550 also features built in Ethernet connectivity that easily interfaces scale transaction data with a company’s existing computer network.

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Two-, four-point spreader beam


Model 33 modular system is the newest addition to the company’s spreader beam program. Various sections, end or corner fittings, and lifter components net a wide range of beam configurations and capacities. Company’s four-point system can be deployed in square or rectangular formats. In addition, both the two- and four-point system components are interchangeable with similar systems.

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Topcon raises concrete paving bar through Millimeter GPS


Concrete paving is pretty complex and achieving quality, long-lasting results requires skill, the right equipment, and advanced technology. At its root, pavement is an outdoor floor … a hardscape surface covering that is driven or walked on. One of the major advantages of concrete pavements is they are typically stronger and more durable than other types of surfaces. They also can be grooved to provide a tough, skid-resistant surface. A notable disadvantage is that they typically can be more time-consuming to construct. Thus, concrete contractors have turned to technology for production-enhancing efficiencies and improved results.

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