American Concrete Pavement Association honors federal agencies, lawmaker

The American Concrete Pavement Association has named recipients of its annual awards for individuals, organizations and agencies in transportation engineering, construction, education and funding program advocacy, plus those excelling in concrete pavement promotion. Sustainable Practices Recognition Award. Presented annually to an organization demonstrating leadership by implementing sustainable design and construction practices that consider societal, environmental, and economic factors. This year’s…

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Agency charts crushed stone and sand & gravel production leaders

Sources: U.S Geological Survey; Rock Products The U.S. Geological Survey has updated its Top 100 Producers Of Crushed Stone and Top 100 Producers of Sand & Gravel lists, reflecting 2022 shipments and compiled from data available through October 2023. Seven operators—three based in North America, four Europe—are among the leaders on both lists:   TOP 10 PRODUCERS BY 2022 VOLUME Crushed…

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Martin Marietta eyes major Southeast expansion with 20-site Blue Water deal

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials Inc., Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff Days after unloading its integrated Texas cement and ready mixed concrete operations in a $2.1 billion cash transaction with CRH Americas Materials, Martin Marietta Materials has entered a definitive agreement to acquire 20 crushed stone and sand & gravel plants from Blue Water Industries LLC, Jacksonville, Fla. The $2.05 billion transaction…

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OSHA seeks maximum penalty in heat related concrete finisher fatality

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff SJ&L General Contractor LLC faces $16,100 in proposed penalties—the amount set by federal statute—after Occupational Safety and Health Administrators investigators determined that the Huntsville, Ala. firm exposed a 19-member crew on a local concrete curbing job to extreme heat hazards. Amid a 107° heat index and 85 percent humidity, the July 2023…

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Aercon, Litecrete J.V. outlines autoclaved aerated concrete panel plant ambitions

Sources: Megaacrete LLC, Kerrville, Texas; CP staff A new joint venture between Aercon LLC, Haines City, Fla. autoclaved aerated concrete producer, and Litecrete S.A. de C.V., Mexico-based parent of Miami steel fabricator and erector Litecrete Inc., plans to build a 120,000-sq.-ft. Kerrville, Texas plant dedicated to thin, reinforced AAC panels for buildings of wood or light gauge metal construction. Scheduled…

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Design-Build Institute stresses collaboration, procurement to project execution 

Source: Design-Build Institute of America, Washington, D.C.  The Design-Build Institute of America’s updated Design Excellence Position Statement emphasizes collaboration between design and construction professionals through all project delivery stages, from procurement and development through execution. Understanding the design community’s changing needs, the statement introduces five lenses to help provide a framework for evaluating design excellence: • Integration & Collaborative Process. Emphasizing…

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CRH Ventures invites Roads of the Future accelerator program applications

Sources: CRH Ventures, Madrid; CP staff The latest accelerator program under the CRH Plc venture capital unit is open to applications from construction or climate technology start-ups in North America or Europe developing solutions to challenges within three distinctive surface transportation ecosystem segments: Smart and Safe Roads, Green and Resilient Roads, and Productivity in Road Construction. CRH Ventures is accepting…

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Customs agents track routing of illegally imported quartz countertops

Sources: CB Build Enterprises, Salt Lake City, Utah; CP staff The U.S Customs and Border Protection Agency has determined that Utah-based Superior Commercial Solutions LLC evaded anti-dumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) by illegally trans-shipping quartz countertops or quartz surface products (QSP) by means of material false statements or omissions. An agency report notes, “There is substantial record evidence that SCS…

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2024 Concrete Industry Management Auction approaches record revenue

Source: Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee The National Steering Committee for the Concrete Industry Management program raised more than $1.75 million in gross revenue at its annual auction, held January 24 in conjunction with the World of Concrete at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition to concrete mixer trucks from Mack Trucks and Revolution Concrete Mixers and Peterbilt…

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Rock Place deal brings Outdoor Living Supply four Tennessee sites

Outdoor Living Supply has acquired The Rock Place, a full-service distributor of hardscape, natural and manufactured stone, porcelain and landscape products based in Smyrna, Tenn. The transaction with Rock Place founders Lee and William Marbet expands OLS’ footprint in the Volunteer State, adding four strategic locations in the greater Nashville market. Lee Marbet will continue in an OLS regional leadership…

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