Sources: Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, New York; HD Supply Holdings, Inc., Atlanta; CP staff
Two private equity fund managers have outlined a transaction creating a powerhouse in concrete and masonry construction accessories and supplies. Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) will acquire HD Supply’s Construction & Industrial segment, better known as White Cap and including the Home Improvement Solutions and Brafasco businesses, then pursue a merger of that entity with Construction Supply Group (CSG). Based in Denver, the latter is a portfolio company of Sterling Group, a Houston investor that has acquired concrete and masonry contractor centers since chartering the business in 2016 with Minnesota’s Brock White.
Sources: Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff
A new RMC Research Foundation report based on work at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s College Park, Md. laboratory addresses the lack of a consistent and cost-effective concrete permeability test method. “Reliability of Resistivity Tests of Concrete” authors evaluate mix design and specimen preparation factors that impact resistivity measurement; their conclusions can be incorporated in standards driving agency and engineer specifications in public and private concrete construction.
Sources: Washington University, St. Louis; CP staff
Looking beyond unit masonry’s long-recognized thermal mass attributes, a Washington University faculty and graduate student team describes in a new study how to tap the electric energy-storing potential of iron oxide-bearing brick.