Premier plant proves CertainTeed’s veneer stone market ambition

Sources: Saint-Gobain, Malvern, Pa.; CP staff Saint-Gobain building products subsidiary CertainTeed LLC has commenced operations at its newest North American production site: An inaugural STONEfaçade plant in Quakertown, Pa. Anchored with metal fasteners, the precast concrete veneer system consists of 8-in. panels in 10-, 12- or 14-in. widths, painted by hand and shipped complete with 3/8-in. thick rainscreen insulation and…

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Court sides with truck driver turned OSHA whistleblower

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has approved the settlement of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration whistleblower investigation revealing how Advance Disposal Services Waste Midwest LLC retaliated against a driver who reported a workplace injury and raised concerns that an unrepaired truck was unsafe to operate. The court…

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Holcim sheds joint spotlight as new identity takes hold

Sources: Holcim AG, Zug, Switzerland; CP staff Six years after the top cement and concrete rivals merged to form LafargeHolcim Ltd., a streamlined identity, Holcim, has been adopted to unite namesake, Lafarge and sister building materials brands behind the Group’s purpose of building “progress for people and the planet.”

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StressCrete embeds electric vehicle charging station in spun pole

Sources: StressCrete Group, Burlington, Ontario; CP staff VoltLock is a concealed Level II Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station built into StressCrete’s centrifugally cast Alexander pole, providing a discrete and convenient means of powering EV batteries. Base cavities in the structure conceal power supply equipment and afford charging station users and owners a safe, tamperproof solution. The Alexander profile and finish,…

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Forney, Command Alkon integration powers Titan Virginia’s QC

Sources: Forney LP, Pittsburgh; CP staff The ForneyVault integrated construction materials testing platform has recently added Command Alkon to an expanding list of software integration partners, enabling mutual customer Titan Virginia Ready-Mix, LLC to link compressive strength testing machines directly to the quality control process.

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Certifications enable Lehigh Hanson plants to pace new LEED credit

Source: Lehigh Hanson Inc., Irving, Texas Lehigh Hanson’s Cadman ready mixed plants in Seattle and Bellevue, Wash., along with two sister Hanson Aggregates sites in Phoenix, Ariz., are the first North American operations to earn Concrete Sustainability Council Silver level certification. 

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ACM AirFlow spacer stands between paver or block layers and damage

ACM Chemistries’ latest ColorScape offering for concrete paver and building or block wall units is measured by the cup and produced in shapes that spread without rolling or stacking. AirFlow Layer Spacer Beads prevent scratching and abrasive action across unit masonry layers, including ones where paver or block surface textures are up to 2 mm. The beads hold concrete masonry…

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Balancing Act

A visit with 2021 NCMA Chairman Rocky Jenkins BY DON MARSH Rocky Jenkins’ career in manufactured concrete products was launched from a management trainee program in the house that Florida legend M.E. “Doc” Rinker built. That experience will serve Jenkins as the 2021 National Concrete Masonry Association Chairman. 

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