Keystone Hardscapes integrates Mid-Atlantic mainstay CST

Sources: Quikrete Cos., Atlanta; CP staff

Keystone Hardscapes is embracing the outdoor space needs of Mid-Atlantic homeowners, contractors, developers, architects, designers and landscape material distributors by bringing New Jersey-based CST under its umbrella. Recognized for high-quality pavers, segmental retaining wall units and related products, CST gains award-winning design innovation, a deeper offering and robust marketing expertise as part of Keystone Hardscapes.

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Lehigh issues first EPD based on Cement Product Category Rule 2.0

Lehigh Hanson, Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff

Lehigh Cement has published the industry’s first Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) utilizing the new North American Product Category Rule (PCR) for Portland, Blended, Masonry, Mortar, and Stucco Cements. The latter document enables Lehigh and fellow Portland Cement Association and Cement Association of Canada members to tailor EPD to sustainability and green building practitioners’ increasingly robust transparency standards.

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Clark Pacific, Wells Concrete team on turnkey building envelope venture

Sources: Clark Pacific, West Sacramento, Calif.; CP staff

Major architectural and structural precast producers Clark Pacific and Wells Concrete have entered a partnership to support nationwide availability of Infinite Facade, a prefabricated concrete panel and glazing solution the former company unveiled in 2019. 

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Application strikes accurate note in CMU compressive strength testing

A new non-destructive method of measuring concrete masonry compressive strength uses the acoustic impulse response of isolated unit specimens. Strike-it technology does not require bulky equipment or specialized facilities, and can be easily deployed in the field, according to British Columbia-based developer SoundQA Solutions.

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Wood ‘bucks’ stop at masonry sites bearing Quick Headers lintel supports

Utah’s Quick Headers chose World of Concrete 2020 for the national debut of its removeable lintel shoring system, market ready after four years’ proof of concept work with masonry and general contractors in its home base. Following a solidly positive response in Las Vegas, including Mason Contractors Association of America “Innovative Find” nod, Quick Headers is targeting block & brick supply yards and equipment rental operators. The company cites the potential of its namesake assembly as a profitable addition to rental programs—one that has proved to be a safe, reliable, and significant time and cost savings replacement for traditional wood framed “bucks.”

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Challenged Chair

Tom Finch leads a nimble National Concrete Masonry Association

A global health crisis raised humbling prospects less than three weeks into Tom Finch’s term as 2020 National Concrete Masonry Association Chair of the Board: How effectively could he function after a radically altered business landscape quelled requisite interface with NCMA directors, members and staff? Could association commitments be balanced with challenges he confronted as vice president of California-based RCP Block & Brick Inc., an essential business contending with national and state lockdown measures?

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Pathfinder Systems marks partner Tiger Machine’s seven decades

Michigan-based Pathfinder Systems is recognizing 70 years in operation for longtime manufacturing and technology development partner Tiger Machine of Okayama, Japan. Once established in its charter farm implement sales, servicing and repair business, Tiger Machine branched into concrete in the early 1960s, developing the country’s first mixer and hydraulic block making equipment.

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