Hardscape North America 2024 registration opens

Sources: Concrete Masonry & Hardscapes Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff Registration is open for Hardscape North America, October 16-18 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville. Beyond the opportunity to see and test the latest equipment, tools, products and technology at the nation’s largest hardscape and landscape event, attendees will also benefit from expanded education, new features, networking events and after-hours…

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TCC Group closes Versa-Lok, Willow Creek Concrete deal 

Sources: TCC Group Companies, Mendota Heights, Minn.; CP staff TCC Group has added intellectual property and concrete hardscape unit capacity in a deal for the Versa-Lok family of companies, based in Oakdale, Minn. TCC Materials will become Versa-Lok Retaining Wall Systems licensor, manage the national licensee group, and provide geogrid, pins, fabrics, accessories, mold parts and marketing support. The TCC…

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AmeriTex strengthens drainage market stake with $155M credit facility

Sources: AmeriTex Holdings LLC, Seguin, Texas; CP staff The Lone Star State’s top concrete pipe, box culvert and precast concrete drainage structures producer recently closed a $155 million credit facility with Bank of America to combine with  $530 million in senior notes raised with BofA Securites in October 2023. The financing leeway positions AmeriTex to grow capacity and product offerings for…

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NPCA Committee revises benchmark SCC mix reference

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff The National Precast Concrete Association Engineering & Technology Committee recently reviewed and updated their White Paper, “Guide to Implementing and Producing Self-Consolidating Concrete,” posted under Technical Resources here. It profiles highly flowable, yet stable mixes that readily fill formwork, settle without significant segregation, and require little to no consolidation. Authors discuss how…

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ASCC becomes first contractor group to join World Cement Association

Sources: American Society for Concrete Contractors, St. Louis; CP staff The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) is the newest World Cement Association Affiliate Member, bringing front-line perspective to the technical and industry organizations comprising the third of three WCA member categories, alongside Corporate and Associate Corporate. Through education and advocacy efforts, ASCC aims to empower concrete contractors to achieve…

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Work Zone Awareness Week organizers stress struck-by incident prevention

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is helping kick off Work Zone Awareness Week (April 15-19) with National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents, including a YouTube livestream from a Mobile, Ala. construction site. The event is coordinated by the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA)  Construction Sector Council with Alabama Road Builders,…

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Fortera starts binder production, mineralizing CalPortland plant CO2

Sources: Fortera Corp., San Jose, Calif.; CP staff Fortera has formally commenced ReAct concrete binder processing at a facility adjacent to the CalPortland Co. Redding, Calif. cement mill. The Redding ReCarb Plant is North America’s first industrial green cement and carbon dioxide mineralization facility and one of the largest operations in the carbon capture and use class the world over.…

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Carbon Leadership Forum: From college-hosted organization to 501(c)3

Sources: Carbon Leadership Forum, Oakland, Calif.; CP staff One of the charter concrete life cycle assessment and carbon dioxide emissions accounting method catalysts is pursuing 501(c)3 status as it transitions to an independent, California-based organization following 14 years under the University of Washington College of Built Environments. The moves positions the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) “to double down on urgent…

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Texas Lehigh ramps up 500K tpy capacity slag cement mill 

Sources: Heidelberg Materials North America, Irving, Texas; CP staff Texas Lehigh Cement Company LP, the 50/50 joint venture of Heidelberg Materials North America and Dallas-based Eagle Materials Inc., plans a summer start for a slag cement grinding and finishing operation in Houston. In tandem with a Buda, Texas flagship plant, the new mill strengthens Texas Lehigh’s footprint in a fast-growing…

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White Cap extends rebar capabilities with Crimson Steel Supply

Sources: White Cap, Atlanta; CP staff White Cap, one of the top suppliers to concrete contractors, has acquired Crimson Steel Supply LLC, a distributor and fabricator of engineered rebar and structural steel products serving commercial or heavy/civil accounts from Muskogee, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla. shops. With a payroll of 100-plus, the 14-year-old firm has built a leading position in…

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