Reducing the Carbon Footprint of the Built Environment

The world’s building stock is expected to double by 2060—that’s equivalent to building a new New York City every month! Given its strength, durability, and availability, concrete will be the most common construction material used in these new projects. This outlook is great news for concrete producers. However, with an increased focus on climate change by governments and industries around…

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Build stronger foundations with concrete cooling solutions from Airgas

Uncertain conditions can greatly impact even the best laid construction plans. Placement temperature is especially critical for pouring concrete in extremely hot weather conditions and fluctuations can cause production delays and concrete cracking. If you are struggling with the limitations of chilled water and ice, liquid nitrogen injection is the ideal alternative for handling demanding cooling requirements and pour temperature…

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The Concrete Opportunity in Big Tech Construction

How the tech industry’s sustainability agenda is driving demand for low-carbon concrete. [Sponsored Content] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) expects spending on non-residential buildings to decline in 2021. This is due to the decrease in demand for office and retail space and a delay in planned public sector projects. There is one exception, however: the technology industry. The events…

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Pruitt to succeed U.S. Concrete CEO Sandbrook

Sources: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

William J. Sandbrook has notified fellow U.S. Concrete directors of his intention to retire from his chief executive officer and chairman posts in April and May, respectively. He will stand for reelection as a director at the May annual meeting of stockholders and enter a one-year consulting agreement with the board. Succeeding him in the CEO capacity, effective April 3, will be Texas Industries and Martin Marietta Materials veteran Ronnie Pruitt, who joined U.S. Concrete in 2015 as senior vice president and chief operating officer and was named president in April 2019. 

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Continental Mixers integrates Kimble Mfg. concrete division

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Kentucky-based Continental Mixers Solutions, LLC has closed on the concrete mixer division of Kimble Manufacturing Co., and executed a transition plan to continue uninterrupted production of the brand’s rear discharge trucks. Continental Mixer announced the Kimble deal last month, just ahead of showcasing its expanded truck portfolio at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s National Mixer Driver Championship and ConcreteWorks…

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Regrouping in style

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One of the Mid-Atlantic’s best known brands in ready mixed concrete and aggregates recently completed a three-phase, 16-month project to expand and modernize its Fairless Hills, Pa., headquarters. Silvi Group’s new 20,000-sq.-ft. home office is nearly three times the size of its original two-story facility, whose exterior was extended with matching stone, bronze colored trim, and glass all around. The upgrade netted three stories of offices, conference and training rooms, plus more spacious lobby and other common areas.

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Construction-specific ELD accounts for mixer, pump driver hours exemptions

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A developer of market-specific tools for fleet operators and drivers bound by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours of service rules cites the first electronic logging device programmed with functionality to reflect the agency’s HOS rule exemptions for mixer and concrete pump drivers. GeoSpace Labs timed the February release of its construction-specific ELD with FMCSA’s formal announcement of exemptions for concrete delivery and placement vehicles; it waives drivers’ 30-minute break requirement and relaxes the reset period from 14 to 12 hours.

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Compact telehandler, forklift

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The Gehl RS4-14 is presented as a highly versatile machine that excels in loader, telescopic handler and industrial forklift applications. At just under 60 inches wide and 75 inches tall, it is the company’s most compact model, yet maintains a full-size cab. It boasts a 4,400-lb. maximum lift capacity, 14-ft. 3-in. lift height, and 9-ft. outreach. The RS4-14 has four-wheel drive, three steering modes and a 10-ft. 1-in. turning radius, and can work on uneven terrain and in confined spaces.

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