Lehigh Hanson seals green message in packaged PLC

Sources: Lehigh Hanson Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff EcoCemPLC portland limestone cement will arrive at big box and construction supply accounts next month in redesigned bags whose graphics emphasize the material’s key metric: A carbon dioxide emissions factor about 10 percent below that of ordinary portland cement. Evolved packaging dovetails an ongoing Lehigh Hanson commitment to carbon footprint reduction and…

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ACI moves Concrete Convention from in-person to virtual format

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff Engineers, contractors, educators, material or manufacturing representatives, plus other allied interests will assemble online from October 17-21, 2021 for the ACI Concrete Convention—the world’s gathering place for advancing construction. Originally scheduled as a hybrid event with virtual presentations accompanying in-person meetings in Atlanta, the program will now be fully online. 

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Missouri KC, N. Arizona, Lehigh teams top PCI Big Beam Competition

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff University of Missouri Kansas City, Team 2 took the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute 2021 Engineering Student Design Competition, also known as the Big Beam Competition. Students Jose Luis Ramirez and Juan Carlos Plasencia Chinchay prevailed with guidance from Civil Engineering Professor Thiagarajan Ganesh and Terry Fleck of Coreslab Structures (Kansas).

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Command Alkon investor weighs HCSS acquisition in watershed terms

Sources: Thoma Bravo, San Francisco; CP staff Sugar Land, Texas-based construction estimating, operations, and fleet management software provider HCSS has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Thoma Bravo, a major technology investor that closed on Command Alkon in early 2020 and characterizes its latest construction target as “a leader and pioneer in the industry with a long…

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Commerce Department to open CMU Checkoff referendum in October

Sources: CMU Checkoff Coalition, Washington, D.C.; CP staff A Department of Commerce-administered referendum, October 15-November 15, will enable registered concrete masonry unit producers to vote to approve formation of a Concrete Masonry Products Board authorized to fund a CMU Checkoff through a 1-cent assessment per 8-in. equivalent building block sold in the United States. Commerce staff will email ballots to…

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Key Holcim (US) mill all in on portland limestone cement

Sources: LafargeHolcim U.S. Cement, Chicago; CP staff A Texas concrete materials supply chain fixture, the Holcim (US) Inc. Midlothian plant is the first cement mill in the country to fully convert to production of portland limestone cement (PLC), where fine limestone at 5 percent to 15 percent volumes is ground with clinker. The finished binder exhibits performance comparable to ordinary…

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Producers, NPCA hone positive messaging for Precast Days 2021

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff National Precast Concrete Association producer and associate members are opening their doors November 1-12 for Precast Days 2021, a unique educational opportunity for local communities to tour operations and interface with valued employers. As of mid-September, 25 members have registered 30-plus plants for Precast Days events. Leading hosts are Jensen Precast…

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Independent rebar fabricators sustain investor interest

Sources: Argonaut Private Equity, Tulsa, Okla.; CP staff Argonaut Private Equity has entered a partnership with Houston-based FABco, a provider of concrete materials and supplies, including engineered steel rebar and associated construction products. FABco has provided products, services and installation since 2010. Beyond Houston headquarters, it operates production and technical resource facilities in Central and North Texas, Colorado and Utah. 

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Organizers firm up Hardscape NA demonstration, installer activities

Sources: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.; CP staff Hardscape North America, October 20-22 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, is on track for installers, contractors, landscape design professionals and exhibitors. The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute underscores the prospects for this year’s Hardscape House, an open-air pavilion steps from indoor exhibits and the 20-acre Outdoor Demonstration Area. 

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Charah adds Ohio capacity in five-year ash management contract

Sources: Charah Solutions Inc., Louisville, Ky.; CP staff Charah Solutions has been awarded a five-year sales and marketing contract for the beneficial recycling of fly ash from the Buckeye State’s largest coal-fired power operation: the two-unit, 2,665-megawatt Gen. James M. Gavin Power Plant in Cheshire, Ohio. The contract will net an estimated 35,000 to 60,000 tons of specification-grade Class F…

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