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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Cemex Ventures maps five sustainability verticals in construction tech ecosystem

Sources: Cemex Ventures, Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff Cemex Ventures’ 2024 Construction Cleantech Map delineates five companies in  Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage (CCUS), Decarbonization Alternatives, Circularity & Waste Management, Water Efficiency, and Design & Architecture verticals. The venture capital arm of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. released the graphic to spotlight startups and construction companies developing and implementing innovations augmenting the construction…

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CRH Materials arrives in California with Northgate RM, BoDean deal

Sources: CRH Americas Materials Solutions, Atlanta; CP staff CRH Americas Materials Solutions has entered the Golden State market with the acquisition of BoDean Company Inc. and Northgate Ready Mix LLC of Santa Rosa, Calif., both known for quality output, innovation and sustainability measures. With two quarries plus one asphalt, one recycling and two concrete plants, the transaction complements the suitor’s…

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ASTM International names successor to president, 40-year veteran Morgan

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff Andrew G. Kireta Jr. will take the helm of ASTM International on May 1, succeeding Katherine Morgan, who has served as president since 2017 and retires after 40 years with the Society. ASTM officials cite his standards development background and familiarity with their  organization as uniquely positioning him for the role. Kireta is…

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Inform AI-powered transport planning software drives fleet savings

Amid strong market conditions, cement, aggregate and concrete producers face logistics challenges ranging from unpredictable supply chain disruptions and driver shortages to new sustainability mandates for reducing carbon emissions in product transport and common variants. The latter include narrow delivery time windows, ad-hoc orders, and last minute cancellations. Then there is the matter of manual or spreadsheet-based planning processes, which…

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