Kohler’s Kast business instills terrazzo accents for concrete basin series 

Sources: Kohler Co., Wisconsin; CP staff Nearly a year out from acquiring Kast Concrete Basins, Kohler Co. shows all the signs of letting the United Kingdom studio’s artisans continue pushing the envelope in exemplary precast mix design, fabrication and finishing. Kohler arrived at the 2024 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show with Holm, a new Kast collection with terrazzo inserts. Holm…

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Concrete, composites, steel and wood stakeholders pen Utility Pole PCR

Sources: American Composites Manufacturers Association, Arlington, Va.; CP staff Cambridge, Mass.-based Product Category Rule program operator Sustainable Minds LLC has published the Utility Pole PCR, providing a life cycle assessment applicable to Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for concrete, composite, steel or wood power distribution structures. The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) initiated development of the document through a committee with…

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Underwriting giant Allianz analyzes mass timber construction risks

Sources: Allianz Commercial, Zurich; CP staff The latest installment of the Allianz Commercial Emerging Risk Trend Talk series examines financial and life safety factors surrounding mass timber construction. Authors find a) mass timber assemblies and building methods are relatively new, while testing continues to establish a methodology for determining the performance of structural elements during a fire; b) regulatory frameworks…

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General Shale builds thin brick portfolio with Summitville Tiles

Sources: General Shale, Johnson City, Tenn.; CP staff General Shale, a major player in clay and concrete masonry, has acquired Ohio-based Summitville Tiles. The deal represents a strategic expansion of the suitor’s thin brick portfolio, especially in commercial precast concrete panel and industrial projects. Summitville offers embedded veneer units in 25 colors and wire cut, Landmark or Olde Towne series…

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Survey confirms wood vs. concrete multifamily building insurance differences

Sources: Concrete Advancement Foundation and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff In a follow up to an initial 2017 study, the Concrete Advancement Foundation and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association quantify the expected underwriting cost differences between combustible versus noncombustible construction in their 2024 Survey of Insurance Costs for Multifamily Buildings Constructed with Wood-frame and Concrete. The…

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Chryso, GCP admixtures propel UHPC Solutions’ Ductal record

Crews from New Jersey-based UHPC Solutions North America closed out 2023 placing Holcim Ductal ultra-high performance concrete on the third and final phase of a 14-month, 5,000-yd. deck rehabilitation for the two-mile Delaware Memorial Bridge. In partnership with UHPC Solutions and Ductal US officials, a technical team from Saint-Gobain Construction Chemicals’ Chryso and GCP brands helped identify high-range water reducers…

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Working Together

A visit with 2023-24 National Precast Concrete Association Chair Bill Bundschuh Concurrent with new association staff leadership under Nick Rhoad, PRETECH Corp. President and Principal Bill Bundschuh succeeds Joel Sheets (Tindall Infrastructure) as NPCA chair. Over his 30 years at the helm of PRETECH, Bundschuh has steered the Kansas City, Kan.-based precast business through a major downturn to record top…

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For the Team

Workforce safety, input and growth potential carry the  day at new Knife River Prestress Division flagship BY DON MARSH A new high-bay structure a stone’s throw from the Washington-Idaho border is poised to emerge this decade as the most productive precast, prestressed concrete facility on the West Coast. With nearly 200,000 square feet under roof on a 45-acre site, the…

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Manufacturers – February 2024

Heidelberg Materials North America cement plants in Edmonton, Alberta, and Delta, British Columbia, have earned Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Star for Industry Certification, which signifies that the facility performs in the top quartile of similar operations in Canada and the United States for energy efficiency. That metric is one of many aspects that Heidelberg Materials targets to protect the climate,…

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Organizations – February 2024

The American Concrete Pavement Association has elected Ash Grove Cement Vice President of Sales – Midwest Ernie Peterson as 2024 chairman. Over a 25-year tenure with the cement, aggregate and concrete producer, he has served in multiple sales capacities, briefly departing for Fibermesh and Nebraska Concrete & Aggregates Association positions, and was named vice president in 2012. He was also…

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