Revised ACI Proportioning Guide factors SCM, binary and ternary mixtures

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich. American Concrete Institute Committee 211–Proportioning Concrete Mixtures has updated its signature publication to include the latest information on supplementary cementitious materials, chemical admixtures, and particle packing. ACI PRC-211.1-22: Selecting Proportions for Normal-Density and High-Density Concrete—Guide offers various examples incorporating binary or ternary mixes, plus key mixture proportioning parameters such as paste-to-void volume and…

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Carmeuse C33 cargo ballasts symbolic Great Lakes freighter’s maiden voyage

Sources: Carmeuse Americas, Pittsburgh; Interlake Steamship Co., Ohio; CP staff Carmeuse Americas inaugurated the first U.S. flagged bulk carrier ship built on the Great Lakes since 1981, dispatching stone from its Port Inland Operation to Muskegon, Mich. concrete customers by way of the Verplank Trucking Cobb Dock. Interlake Steamship’s 639-ft. M/V Mark W. Barker began its 110-mile maiden voyage to…

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L.B. Foster deepens precast market stake in VanHooseCo asset deal

Sources: L.B. Foster Co., Pittsburgh; CP staff L.B. Foster subsidiary CXT Inc., a key player in prestressed concrete railroad ties with additional presence in precast geared for transportation markets, has acquired the operating assets of VanHooseCo Precast LLC. With a payroll of 100, the Loudon, Tenn. independent specializes in wall, drainage and conventional precast elements or structures for industrial, commercial…

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Lafarge Canada light-duty fleet migration starts with EV charging stations

Sources: Lafarge Western Canada, Calgary; CP staff  Lafarge Canada has powered up four electric vehicle charging stations at its Kent Ave. Ready Mix Concrete Plant in Vancouver—the first of 100 such installations the producer has planned for a light-duty fleet switch to EVs by 2025. The fleet supports sales and logistics team members at concrete, aggregate and cement operations across…

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Slag cement producers curate course content for professors, students alike

Sources: Slag Cement Association, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff‘ Slag Cement University has premiered as a central repository of educational resources on a key supplementary cementitious material for concrete. The Slag Cement Association designed offerings to make it easy for educators to incorporate candidate course content into existing construction or engineering college degree programs. The University serves to enhance concrete…

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CalPortland, Martin Marietta ink third cement plant deal

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff Glendora, Calif.-based CalPortland Co. will build on cement production leadership (> 4 million tons, annual capacity) in its home state after entering a definitive agreement to acquire Martin Marietta Materials’ 1 million ton/year Tehachapi plant and companion terminals. Scheduled for an early-2023 closing, the $350 million transaction was announced six weeks after…

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GCC weighs freight costs vs. steep capital outlay in Texas plant expansion

Sources: GCC S.A.B. de C.V., Chihuahua, Mexico; CP staff GCC plans to add more than 1 million metric tons of annual capacity to its Odessa, Texas cement plant. The project’s $750 million budget will almost surely set a new dollar/ton of output watermark for a cement operation in North America, where recent outlays of comparable clinker capacity have trended below…

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Titan affiliate applies artificial intelligence to cement plant maintenance

Sources: CemAI, Norfolk, Va.; CP staff A recently chartered entity, operating independently but affiliated with Titan America, has entered artificial intelligence solutions for cement plant operations. CemAI concentrates on predictive maintenance, building a platform that combines a proprietary licensed software with a continuous monitoring and incident resolution service for mills around the world. The firm works through multiple remote monitoring…

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Cummins closes Meritor deal, eyeing electric powertrain possibilities

Sources: Cummins Inc., Columbus, Ind.; CP staff Cummins has completed its $3.7 billion acquisition of Meritor Inc., a key player in drivetrain, mobility, braking, aftermarket and electric powertrain solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. Meritor product offerings and capabilities in axle and brake technology, Cummins officials note, will position their company as a leading provider of integrated powertrain solutions…

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CEO Ruffalo marks Astec’s 50th anniversary by opening Nasdaq trading session

Sources: Astec Industries Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn.; CP staff To celebrate Astec Industries’ 50 years of designing and manufacturing heavy equipment used to build the infrastructure that connects the world, President and CEO Barry Ruffalo rang the Nasdaq Stock Market opening bell on August 9. “The company was founded with a steadfast focus on customer service, innovation, and quality,” he says.…

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