Concrete-AI draws investors, recruits Master Builders veteran

Sources: Concrete-AI, Los Angeles; CP staff Mix design software developer Concrete-AI has raised $2 million in a seed financing round with participation by the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, a prominent family office, and other marquee investors. The investment will accelerate rollout of the firm’s pioneering data science platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning…

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Top LafargeHolcim mills sustain portland limestone cement momentum

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; CP staff The Holcim (US) Ste. Genevieve plant in Missouri and Lafarge Alpena plant in Michigan have transitioned to production of OneCem portland limestone cement (PLC), lowering by 10 percent the carbon intensity of their ordinary Type I/II powder. A high-performance blended cement milled from conventional clinker and up to 10 percent finely ground, premium limestone, OneCem…

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State DOT officials, allies charter FRP Institute for Civil Infrastructure

Sources: Regulatory Resources LLC, Westfield, Ind.; CP staff A new research and certification group will promote the advancement of composite reinforcement for heavy/civil concrete in North America and beyond. The FRP Institute for Civil Infrastructure, incorporated in January 2022, will serve as the focal point for research, testing, material certification and education surrounding fiber reinforced polymers, according to President and…

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Knight’s Cos. deepens Carolina footprint in Tekna, Sovereign Steel deal

Sources: Knight’s Companies, Summerville, S.C.; CP staff Knight’s Companies has strengthened its coastal Carolinas presence with the acquisition of Tekna Corp., a Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute-certified beam, slab and pile producer, and sister company Sovereign Steel, a concrete reinforcement fabricator, both of Charleston, S.C. The businesses bring diversification to the 13 ready mixed and three precast plants Knight’s Cos. operates from…

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PRODUCERS – January 2022

The California Precast Concrete Association has presented Don Jensen, founder of Nevada-based Jensen Precast, the Robert G. Evans Lifetime Service Award, recognizing an individual who has shown exceptional leadership, dedication, and accomplishment on behalf of CPCA. Since joining peers in CPCA’s 1990 launch, he has worked to shape the association, hosted plant tours for production school participants and industry allies,…

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General Shale, Meridian assimilation optimizes legacy, spurs new brands

Johnson City, Tenn.-based General Shale, the top producer of clay brick and sustainable building solutions in North America, has adopted the Canada Brick, Michigan Brick and Red River Brick brands to succeed the production and sales locations of Meridian Brick, acquired in fall 2021. The company is also assigning established and highly regarded General Shale brands to former Meridian Brick…

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Tensar International leads Commercial Metals into geogrid market

A top player in concrete rebar production and fabrication, Dallas-based Commercial Metals Co. (CMC) has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Tensar International Corp., Alpharetta, Ga., from Castle Harlan Partners V L.P. in a $550 million transaction.  “This compelling acquisition advances CMC’s strategy to expand our leadership in construction reinforcement with value-added products that complement our existing offering,” says CMC…

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Nucor scouts Southeast for $350 million rebar micro mill site

The board of Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor Corp. has approved investment of up to $350 million for construction of a rebar micro mill to be located in the South Atlantic region. The facility will join sister Missouri and Florida rebar micro mills, opened in 2020, and feature spooling capability—affording rebar fabricators handling economy and waste reduction.  “We believe the East Coast…

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Purdue hosts 3D printing research for offshore wind energy installations

A National Science Foundation Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer grant is supporting development of 3D-printed concrete alternatives to traditional steel anchors for offshore wind turbines. RCAM Technologies, with U.S. and U.K. offices, will test its concrete anchor concept in West Lafayette, Ind. at the Purdue University College of Engineering’s Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil…

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CarbonBuilt shoulders Habitat for Humanity home, builds out C-suite

BY DON MARSH Los Angeles-based CarbonBuilt, developer of a carbon dioxide utilization method proven in manufactured concrete, joined Cemex USA, the National Concrete Masonry Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Alabama Concrete Industries Association in the late-2021 dedication of a Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa (Ala.) home. Crews built the clay brick veneer-clad, single-story residence with concrete block from a…

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