PCI-certified plants close in on structural fabricator accreditation

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

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and International Accreditation Service (IAS) have completed a cooperation agreement that will enable Institute members to apply their PCI plant certification toward IAS approved structural fabricator accreditation, in accordance with the IAS AC157 program. 

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Cambridge Collaboration

MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub enters a second decade set to further frame criteria driving building and construction decisions

Having secured another five-year industry commitment through 2024, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Concrete Sustainability Hub (MIT CSHub) is prepared to take its innovative research to the next level in revolutionizing the way building and construction design decisions are made.

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Front Line Excellence


The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 24th Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year program recognizes three industry veterans from a pool of outstanding nominees. The Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee assembled a panel of judges to weigh nominees’ competence, driving skills, number of years without an accident, and colleague or customer testimonials.

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Vulcan Materials, U.S. Concrete directors bring UPS, logistics bandwidth

Sources: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.; U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

United Parcel Service President, U.S. Operations George Willis has been elected to the 11-member Vulcan Materials board and will serve on the Audit and Safety, Health & Environmental Affairs committees. “George has demonstrated exceptional leadership in his over 35-year career with UPS. His extensive experience with operations and logistics in a complex global business environment will provide us with invaluable insight on matters critical to our business,” says Vulcan Chairman Tom Hill. 

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McNeilus adds on-board admixture dosing to mixer controls platform

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Sources: McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Dodge Center, Minn.; CP staff

In a follow up to the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 unveiling of the FLEX Controls Package for critical mixer functions, McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing returned to Las Vegas this year with a host of new telematics-enhanced features, topped by an on-board admixture dosing system. The two-piece Admix Add was upfitted on the company’s most prominent 2020 show vehicle, a Mack Granite-mounted Bridgemaster parked front and center at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall entry.

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Rebar crew organizing opportunity eludes territorial Iron Workers

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

A National Labor Relations Board official has dismissed an International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Philadelphia Council petition to conduct a representation election for a proposed bargaining unit under Ohio-based rebar placement specialist R&R Steel LLC.

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Texas attorney spins novel challenge to batch plant expansion

Sources: Office of Harris County (Texas) Attorney Vince Ryan, Houston; CP staff

A recently filed lawsuit to block placement of a second batch plant at the Concrete Pros Ready Mix Inc. site in southeast Houston has Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan testing for the first time the applicability of a Texas public nuisance law—often used to shut down illegal game rooms, massage parlors, smoke shops, and motels that permit prostitution—to construction materials production. 

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ACI replaces Concrete Convention with Virtual Committee Days

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

To ensure their technical work proceeds on schedule despite cancellation of the American Concrete Institute spring convention, ACI committees will host nearly 300 online meetings over a March 28–April 2 schedule. Each meeting will follow the Central Daylight Time schedule that had been set for the broader Institute gathering near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. A full list of the virtual meetings is posted at www.ACIConvention.org.  

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