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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Foundation, NRMCA ease research proposal referral process

Source: RMC Research & Education Foundation, Alexandria, Va. The RMC Foundation is collaborating with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and its Research, Engineering & Standards Committee (RES) on identification of industry research needs and referral of proposals for potential funding. Members of an RES task group, chaired by Bruce Blair, president of Consumers Concrete in Kalamazoo, Mich., have developed…

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Coalition premiers recommendations to combat industrial heat stress

Sources: National Heat Safety Coalition; Magid, Romeoville, Ill. The National Heat Safety Coalition’s (NHSC) industrial heat safety recommendations span eight areas that participants cite as key to keeping workers safe: Heat hygiene; Hydration; Heat acclimatization; Environmental monitoring; Physiological monitoring; Body cooling; Textiles and PPE; and, Emergency action plans and implementation. 

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Chryso formulates backfill grout to replace bentonite

Sources: Chryso Group, Paris; CP staff In a partnership with tunnel boring machine (TBM) lubricant specialist Condat SA of France, Chryso has developed a backfill grout solution, TBM SGS (Smart Grout System), exhibiting the potential as a substitute for bentonite. A clay that expands when hydrated, bentonite is commonly used in backfill mix designs but brings environmental impacts tied to…

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Flat hose, wind, lightning guides extend concrete pumping safety

Sources: American Concrete Pumping Associatin, Lewis Center, Ohio; CP staff The American Concrete Pumping Association has released Safety Bulletin: Use of Lay Flat Hose, plus updated Safety Guidelines for Wind Velocity and Lightning. The bulletin illustrates handling guidelines for using lay-flat hoses, which allow for improved flow control and lower placement rates than standard concrete boom tip hoses and suit…

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Concrete Product Category Rule factors new cement data

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff In collaboration with the Product Category Rule (PCR) Committee, Michigan auditor NSF International has revised the Concrete PCR to include new life cycle inventory data sources. The revisions inform individual plant or producer, or industry average, environmental product declarations (EPD) for ready mixed and manufactured concrete. 

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Holcim to cut water consumption in concrete, upstream operations

Sources: Holcim AG, Zug, Switerzland; CP stafff Holcim aims to reduce cement, aggregates and ready mixed concrete operations’ respective water intensities by 33 percent, 20 percent and 15 percent through 2030. Applicable to namesake, Lafarge, Aggregate Industries, Lattimore Materials and other North America or overseas brands, the targets are part of a global strategy to become nature-positive by restoring and…

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