Meta Mix Model

Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete proves ideal partner as Facebook operator applies artificial intelligence to low-carbon mix designs The spotlight on buildings’ life cycle carbon dioxide emissions is driving recognition of Environmental Product Declaration-defined Product, Construction Process, Use and End-of-Life Stage benchmarks. After methodically lowering the Use Stage CO2 factor for its 14 operational, energy-intensive data centers in North America, Silicon…

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Breakthrough Binder

Investors targeting reduction of the carbon dioxide emissions factor in portland cement and concrete have focused on methods capturing, using or storing the greenhouse gas, plus new means of generating the high temperatures fossil fuel-fired cement kilns need to convert limestone and other raw feeds to clinker. A Longmont, Colo. startup has garnered backing for technology paving a different path…

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Pozzolan Proliferation

As brand recognition climbs from an early-2022 chartering as Boral Resources and Green Cement Inc. successor, Utah-based Eco Material Technologies remains in a league of its own: Few, if any, cement, supplementary cementitious material (SCM), aggregate or admixture producers match the company in total number of North American ready mixed and manufactured-concrete or heavy/civil contractor accounts, or overall market footprint. …

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Unit makers unite

A visit with ICPI-NCMA Chair-Elect Matt Lynch Next month’s Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and National Concrete Masonry Association unification will spawn an organization anchored by segmental concrete producers across North America whose annual output measures upwards of 2 billion square feet of horizontal or vertical surfaces, enclosures, and load-bearing structures.  ICPI-NCMA will be poised as a new information, education and…

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Testing Grounds

The Arizona Masonry Council teams up with LAST Architects to investigate the potential of masonry prefabrication. With the help of an enterprising architect, the Arizona Masonry Council is demonstrating new design and engineering potential for concrete masonry units through its annual World of Concrete Masonry Pavilion, staged in the outdoor exhibit area between the Las Vegas Convention Center and Las…

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TRUCKS & COMPONENTS

Our annual roundup of innovations from heavy-duty OEM, body builders and niche manufacturers serving mixer, dump, tanker and flatbed fleets. REMORA | TRUCK EXHAUST CO2 CAPTURE Pittsburgh-based flatbed fleet JLE Industries plans a 90-day pilot for a truck frame-mounted tank assembly that filters and isolates tailpipe carbon dioxide. Tanks capture up to 80 percent of the CO2, which represents about…

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Coastal Dispatch

Exorbitant land costs, NIMBY (not in my back yard) undercurrents, and a thick extra layer of plant approval or permitting measures hamper concrete plant development or upgrades along much of the California coast. No stranger to new construction or site improvement challenges, Half Moon Bay (HMB) Building and Garden Inc. has raised ready mixed production capabilities by reconfiguring a third…

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Safety Always

Best in class performance nets Texas ready mixed and aggregate operator preferential treatment at insurance policy renewal time This past year has been extremely difficult for industry producers aiming to control insurance costs, with many experiencing dramatic increases in premium renewals and coverage. Umbrella policy spikes of 100 percent to 400 percent have not been not uncommon.  Then there’s Permian…

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