Holcim extends Louisiana presence with Cajun Ready Mix deal

Sources: Holcim Ltd., Zug, Switzerland; CP staff Holcim has acquired Cajun Ready Mix Concrete, which leads the Baton Rouge, La. market with eight plants and 51-mixer truck fleet. The business is strategic to Lafarge ready mixed operations in New Orleans and becomes the latest bolt-on under Holcim’s Aggregates & Construction Materials U.S. umbrella.

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Forney interfaces cloud-enabled Vault platform with AASHTOWare Project

Sources: Forney LP, Pittsburgh, Pa.; CP staff Construction materials testing equipment and technology provider Forney is preparing release of a ForneyVault-AASHTOWare Project Construction & Materials interface to state departments of transportation. Linking its signature platform and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials software suite, the company notes, “Drives increased transparency, productivity and efficiency—especially pertinent for DOT labs…

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ASTM C09 to host Symposium on Reactivity Tests for Cement-Based Materials

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates has opened registration for Symposium on Reactivity Tests for Cement-based Materials – From Lab Testing to Standards and Specifications, June 12 at the Hyatt Regency Seattle. Organizers seek content differentiating supplementary cementitious materials and inert materials for use in concrete. Despite significant progress on SCM…

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RMC Foundation concrete strength model picks up where Abrams left off

Source: Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation, Alexandria, Va. 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. 

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Sika builds waterproofing product portfolio with United Gilsonite deal

Sources: Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland; CP staff The parent company of Sika Corp. has acquired United Gilsonite Laboratories (UGL), calling it a long-standing business with a strong presence in the distribution channel for consumer and do-it-yourself products, and a “perfect complement to Sika’s high value-added systems for concrete and masonry waterproofing and refurbishment.” 

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SRM Concrete adds Florida cement hauler Young Trucking

Sources: SRM Concrete, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; CP staff SRM Concrete has acquired Young Trucking, the largest bulk cement transporter in southwest Florida. The transaction is the second in cement distribution for SRM Concrete, which in March acquired Pyles Transport of Tennessee. The Young fleet is positioned to supply 10 SRM Concrete ready mixed plants serving Gulf Coast markets from Port Charlotte…

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Cemex to pilot high temperature electric device for cement kiln phase

Sources: Coolbrook B.V., The Netherlands; Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. is the first cement producer to announce testing of Coolbrook Roto Dynamic Heater (RDH) technology, which uses electric power to attain the 1,500-1,700°C kiln temperatures required to calcine and convert limestone and other raw feeds to clinker. At plant scale, an RDH apparatus…

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Survey confirms Davis-Bacon prevailing wage scheme’s inflationary impact

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The Department of Labor’s flawed method of calculating “prevailing wages” under the 91-year-old Davis-Bacon Act adds at least 7.2 percent to the cost of federal and federally assisted construction projects and inflates wages by 20.2 percent compared to local market averages, according to a new report from the Beacon Hill Institute,…

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Eco Material harvests ash, forges business and government alliances

Sources: Eco Material Technologies Inc., South Jordan, Utah; CP staff Since an early-2022 launch as Boral Resources and Green Cement successor, Eco Material Technologies has secured its core ASTM C618 fly ash marketing and distribution business, while moving quickly on new opportunities: Harvested coal combustion ash and high value supplementary cementitious material (SCM) processing. 

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Contractors’ annual workforce development tally exceeds $1.5 billion

Source: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C. Associated Builders and Contractors members invested $1.6 billion to provide more than 1.3 million course attendees with craft, leadership and safety education in 2021, according to the group’s 2022 Workforce Development Survey, up from $1.3 billion in 2020. The annual assessment quantifies the scope of ABC member workforce development initiatives to advance employee…

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