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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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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CMHA, GCP join Embodied Carbon Calculator developer Building Transparency

Sources: Building Transparency, Seattle; CP staff The latest Lead or Pilot Partners supporting the nonprofit organization building the Embodied Carbon Calculator (EC3) represent a diverse set of manufacturers, suppliers, organizations or individual architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) entities fostering low-carbon public or private contract procurement. In addition to the Concrete Masonry and Hardscapes Association, GCP Applied Technologies and other new…

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Producers – February 2024

Oldcastle APG, a CRH Company, recently closed on the Nampa, Idaho facility of Waupaca Northwoods LLC, a Wisconsin-based producer of soils, barks, mulches and decorative stone. The deal marks a Western states entry for the Oldcastle APG Lawn & Garden business, expanding the producer’s landscape materials portfolio across North America. Notes President Tim Ortman, “The addition of the Nampa facility’s…

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International Code Council reveals Building Safety Month possibilities

The 44th Annual Building Safety Month, programmed to raises awareness about the importance of building codes in establishing and ensuring the safety of the built environment, kicks off on May 1 with the theme “Mission Possible.” Each year, International Code Council officials and members, along with global communities, advance building safety measures through proclamations, educational events and community gatherings. The…

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Admixture-grade carbon nanotubes emerge from methane processing

Huntsman Corp. of The Woodlands, Texas has commenced work on a 30 ton per year Miralon carbon nanotube materials plant, output from which can be used for specialty concrete admixtures, high-performance composites, electric vehicle batteries and long-wear tires. Miralon structural carbon comprises nanotube-based materials produced as additives, dispersions, sheets or yarn. The materials are lightweight, thinner than a human hair,…

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Coal ash survey results reflecting growing harvested material inputs

The American Coal Ash Association Production and Use Survey indicates 2022 fly ash consumption in concrete at 10.9 million tons, 1 million tons off from the prior year, while year over year use of all coal combustion products (CCP) in cement production increased 8 percent, to just over 6 million tons. Concrete producers and consumers indicated a desire to use…

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