Producers spotlight home designs across concrete masonry spectrum

Florida concrete masonry producers revisited a March 2021 promotion to continually spotlight the potential of gray and architectural block in single-family residential building. Their March Masonry Matchup kicked off with a bracket of 16 homes posted at the portal of their Block Strong campaign. Weekly voting tallies at www.BlockStrong.com determined which homes advanced to brackets of eight, four and two,…

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Product, mesh handling devices

Forklift attachment manufacturer specializing in solutions for manufactured-concrete producers has added two devices. The pipe clamp handler has a dual clamping mechanism activated by hydraulic cylinders, its large rubber grippers preventing slippage and damage to the concrete. By means of the clamping mechanism, the pipes are tightly held to enhance accurate placement. The clamp is adaptable, with several different designs…

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Admixtures target finishing, strength, waterproofing

Euclid Chemical launched three new admixtures at the World of Concrete, each developed to respond to engineering and construction professionals’ evolving needs. The liquid Eucoshield is designed as an integral finishing aid that prevents rapid moisture loss from the concrete surface by binding the internal water in the pore structure. It is especially effective for operations performed in direct sun,…

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Precast yard ushers GH Cranes’ first electric, battery powered gantry

GH Cranes & Components cites delivery of the world’s first rubber tire gantry crane running 100 percent on battery power. Inaugurated last month at a U.S. precast concrete operation, the 30-ton rated GH35i has a lithium battery power bank producing 480 volts and storing enough power to run an eight- to 10-hour shift. A built-in battery charge system requires only…

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Quikrete assimilates Forterra Precast as sister Rinker Pipe brand

Atlanta-based Quikrete Holdings LLC acquired all outstanding Forterra Inc. shares late last month and established the Irving, Texas concrete pipe, drainage structure, structural precast and ductile iron pipe giant as a wholly owned subsidiary. The incoming assets significantly extend the drainage and short-span bridge market footprints of sister Quikrete businesses, Rinker Pipe and Contech Engineered Solutions; add precast, prestressed plants…

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Washington prestressed plant ranks on Knife River capex commitments

Sources: MDU Resources Group Inc., Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff Under parent MDU Resources’ five-year, $3 billion capital investment plan, Knife River Corp. has budgeted for construction of a Spokane, Wash. prestressed concrete plant and Albany, Ore. employee training center, plus development of the Honey Creek Quarry in Burnet County, Texas.

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MB admixture halts returned mix hydration, speeds stiffening, eases recycling

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Sources: Master Builders Solutions, Beachwood, Ohio; CP staff  Master Builders Solutions has formulated a new powdered polymer admixture to gel returned concrete mixes, rapidly curtail workability and strength development, then ease handling after they are dispensed from a mixer truck. MasterSuna Returned Concrete Treatment (RCT) 323 Admixture provides ready mixed producers a cost-effective tool to manage a pervasive material handling…

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Advanced-pavement sessions load Concrete Sustainability, SCC Conferences

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

The co-located 6th North American Conference on Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC2016) and 11th International Concrete Sustainability Conference (ICSC), May 15-18 in Arlington, Va., will feature a host of presentations on rigid-pavement materials and construction methods:

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Despite cement intensity holding a predicted 2015 boom in check, 2016 and beyond look to be robust, thanks in large part to a new transportation bill

Cement consumption in the United States will continue to grow, albeit at a slower pace than predicted at the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from the Portland Cement Association (PCA). The United States’ cement market is expected to increase by 3.5 percent in 2015 to just shy of 92 million metric tons of total cement consumption, followed by larger rates of growth in 2016 and 2017, 5 percent (to 96.4 million metric tons) and 5.7 percent (to 101.9 million metric tons), respectively.

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