Cemex turns page on 1990s signature

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff Cemex has unveiled an updated brand consistent with a corporate goal of helping the world reach the next frontier of sustainable living by becoming a more agile, innovative, and approachable company. The global cement, aggregate and concrete producer is changing its logo for the first time in more than 30 years,…

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Holcim US acquires Pioneer Landscape Centers’ aggregate operations

Holcim US has closed on the 13 Colorado and Arizona quarries of Pioneer Landscape Centers of Highlands Ranch, Colo. With the growing rate of construction in the Denver, Colorado Springs and Phoenix markets, the deal strengthens Holcim’s position by adding to local reserves, alleviating supply constraints and expanding existing sand, gravel and stone output.  “This acquisition brings about significant synergies…

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A new portal for Buy Clean era

We are into a second decade of covering ready mixed and manufactured concrete producer response to construction market catalysts driving Environmental Product Declaration preparation and submittals: The Architecture 2030 Challenge (2012), compelling proof of lower embodied carbon materials or products in project specifications, and the U.S. Green Building Council LEED v4 standard (2014-16), the first broad-based mechanism incentivizing suppliers, producers…

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Lafarge Canada harvests ash from retired TransAlta power station

Sources: Lafarge Canada (West), Calgary; CP staff Lafarge Canada and Geocycle, a Holcim Ltd. waste management services subsidiary, will apply the Ash-TEK Ponded Ash Beneficiation System to derive Class F fly ash from material landfilled at a coal-fired TransAlta Corp. power station west of Edmonton. The project stems from a $15 million Emissions Reduction Alberta grant secured in 2021. As…

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Augmented reality app developer programs slab-scanning Flatness Check

Florida-based 3D digital solutions provider Faro Technologies Inc. has released its first augmented reality app for concrete. Flatness Check visualizes slab flatness and levelness to ensure pours are completed on schedule; quality of work is improved; and, expensive rework typical in high-rise residential and office concrete construction is eliminated.  The app integrates with Sphere, Faro’s cloud-based and Software as a…

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Commercial Metals plans 500,000 tpy rebar mill in West Virginia

Texas-based Commercial Metals Co. will increase its concrete reinforcement bar capacity through a Berkeley County, W.V. greenfield operation, scheduled for late-2025 start up. Dubbed MM4 with a budget upward of $450 million, the plant represents the producer’s fourth micro mill tailored to straight length and spooled rebar, and will have projected annual capacity of 500,000 tons.  “West Virginia offers several…

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Allen-Villere Partners, Rock Products take construction “Pulse”

Source: Rock Products Magazine Concrete Products’ sister publication, Rock Products, has launched “The Pulse,” a quarterly construction industry economic report, and the monthly AVP Pulse Index. Both are joint efforts with Allen-Villere Partners, leading merger & acquisition advisor to aggregate and concrete operators, and debut in the January edition. The premier Pulse is rich in data from authoritative private and public sources alike:…

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Alabama student teams prevail in PCI Big Beam competition

The University of Alabama – Teams B and A placed first and third in the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s 2022 Engineering Design Competition, also known as Big Beam. Sponsors ALP Supply and PCI’s Aspire Magazine will present Teams B and A respective cash prizes of $2,000 and $1,500, and the University of Minnesota Duluth team with $1,750 for its second place…

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Compact wheel loaders

Building on M-Series models, the new Next Generation Cat 906, 907 and 908 wheel loaders boast a reengineered operator’s station, leveraging exclusive technologies to improve operator experience and provide larger wheel loader model comfort on a smaller platform. The loaders’ new Cat C2.8 engine, plus upgraded drive and powertrain, deliver faster roading speeds and drive train performance than the predecessor…

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RMC Foundation strength predictor model picks up where Duff Abrams left off

The latest RMC Research & Education Foundation report, “A Concrete Strength Model to Optimize Concrete Mixtures,” and companion Excel tool equip producers and practitioners to pinpoint appropriate binder dosages and limit potential overdesign as measured in 28-day concrete specimen compressive strengths exceeding psi targets.  Report author and Florida consultant Edwin J. Dunstan Jr. refined his model based on observations from…

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