Construction trades rank & file continue union exodus

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The Union Members Survey from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics finds the percentage of construction industry wage and salary workers belonging to unions dropped to a record low of 11.7 percent in 2022, versus 12.6 percent the prior year. The recently published document shows construction unions lost…

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Cemex Ventures slots Carbon Limit, Conox, Materially in startups ranking

Sources: Cemex Ventures, Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff Concrete- and aggregates-minded companies in Cemex Ventures’ Top 50 ConTech Startups 2023 ranking include: Carbon Limit, Boca Raton, Fla. developers of a non-calcined, supplementary cementitious material—shipped in supersacks or bulk—that captures and stores atmospheric carbon dioxide in concrete slabs or structures. Conox LLC, Richmond, Va. developer of a process to melt waste concrete for use…

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Ernst Concrete veteran earns NRMCA Driver of the Year honors

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has named Robert Hackney, based at the Troy, Ohio plant of Ernst Concrete Inc., the 2023 Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year. A panel of industry judges selected him from a near-record number of nominees from across the country. Judges acknowledged…

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Central Concrete, CarbonCure loop Heirloom-captured, atmospheric CO2

Sources: Heirloom Carbon Technologies, Brisbane, Calif.; CP staff San Francisco Bay Area leader Central Concrete Supply has joined partners Heirloom Carbon Technologies and CarbonCure Technologies in a first for ready mixed concrete: Permanent storage of carbon dioxide gas extracted by the Direct Air Capture (DAC) method.  A February 1 demonstration at the Central Concrete San Jose headquarters operation saw CO2 from…

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Argos, Heidelberg, Skyway representatives lead Slag Cement School

Sources: Slag Cement Association, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff The Slag Cement Association has opened registration for the second annual Slag Cement School, May 22-23 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SCA Board President Lori Tiefenthaler (Heidelberg Materials) will open the program, setting the stage for these presentations and panel discussions:  • Slag Cement Basics, Production, and Cementitious Properties, Wayne Wilson of Heidelberg…

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Oshkosh Corp. dispatches McNeilus and London brands, keeps S-Series fronts

Sources: Right Lane Industries, Chicago; CP staff Right Lane Industries, an industrial holding company keen on long-term investments, has entered an agreement to acquire London Machinery Inc. and the rear discharge concrete mixer business of McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing Inc. from Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. Scheduled for a late-February closing, the deal will leave Oshkosh with its namesake S-Series front discharge…

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New Jersey tax measures mark first in EPDs, low carbon mix production

Sources: Office of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy; CP staff In a groundbreaking policy move, the State of New Jersey will provide corporation business tax and gross income tax credits for costs of preparing Environmental Product Declarations that assess concrete mixes’ global warming potential, expressed on EPDs as kg of carbon dioxide equivalent per cubic yard or meter. The just-signed…

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Concrete Industry Management Auction banks record $2 million-plus

Sources: CIM National Steering Committee; CP staff The annual auction supporting five university Concrete Industry Management degree programs raised more than $2.1 million in gross revenues. Staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center one level up from World of Concrete 2023 exhibits, the event saw silent and live bidding led by concrete delivery and finishing equipment from major donors Alliance…

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FHWA assembles EPD, Buy Clean roundtables for virtual summit

Sources: Federal Highway Administration; CP staff The Federal Highway Administration has opened registration for its next Every Day Counts Virtual Summit, with three or four daily sessions or roundtables focusing on Environmental Product Declarations and their role in transportation procurement policy (all times EST): Tuesday, February 14 • Buy Clean Policy 101, 2-3 p.m. • How to use an EPD, 3-4:30…

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