Cement producers formally approve carbon neutrality roadmap

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff True to a timeline announced in late 2020, the Portland Cement Association has adopted a Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality, billing it as an ambitious journey to low carbon dioxide emissions across the cement and concrete value chain by 2050. The document demonstrates how the U.S. cement and concrete industry, along with parties…

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Nucor to add net-zero steel option to Harris Rebar stock

Sources: Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C.; CP staff Nucor will make a new net-zero carbon steel available in 2022 across its product lines, including bar sold through concrete reinforcement fabrication, distribution and installation subsidiaries Harris Rebar and Harris Supply Solutions. The net-zero billing reflects the absence or offsetting of carbon dioxide emissions as measured in Environmental Protection Agency-designated Scope 1 (production)…

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Holcim veteran takes helm of low carbon and QC driven Concrete-AI

Sources: Concrete-AI, Los Angeles; CP staff Alex Hall has been named chief executive officer of Concrete-AI, a cloud-based, artificial intelligence and machine learning platform that applies data analytics to mix design and quality control. Concrete-AI premiered at World of Concrete 2021 amid transition to an independent business from University of California, Los Angeles Samueli School of Engineering incubator.

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Landscaping market report: Modest, sustained growth ahead

Source: Freedonia Group, Cleveland A new analysis from building and construction market researcher Freedonia forecasts demand for landscaping products in residential applications will grow 2.3 percent per year through 2025, to $7.2 billion. Major trends underpinning stronger sales have seen increased intensity as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, including: greater investment in outdoor living areas, which can offer a…

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Techo-Bloc looks south with Nashville depot opening

Sources: Techo-Bloc, St-Hubert, Quebec; CP staff One of the top players in concrete hardscapes across Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Eastern Canada markets has opened a depot in Hendersonville, Tenn., just outside Nashville. The ninth of its kind for Tech-Bloc, the new facility supplies authorized dealers and contractors paver and wall products, plus hardscape accessories. Additionally, the depot will offer partial pallet…

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PCI Architectural producers begin new certification chapter

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Architectural Certification program has transitioned from a one-year implementation window to mandatory adoption. Effective October 2021, contracts calling for panels or other elements sourced from PCI-certified plants must reference the new Architectural Certification program, spanning five categories: AA. Cladding or non-load bearing products with multiple concrete mixes and textures,…

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Turner Construction embraces crane hook-mounted sensor data capture

Sources: Turner Construction Co., New York; CP staff Turner Construction has signed a multi-year enterprise agreement with San Francisco-based construction technology provider Versatile to expand the use of an artificial intelligence-powered device and analytics solution that the general contracting giant credits with shrinking site equipment deployment windows and overall project schedules. 

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Feds stipulate asset sale tied to General Shale’s Meridian takeover

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division; CP staff The Justice Department Antitrust Division calls for General Shale Brick and Meridian Brick LLC to divest three plants, 14 showrooms and distribution yards, plus six mines in a proposed settlement of an antitrust lawsuit challenging the producers’ merger. The agency filed the settlement and suit-triggering complaint in the U.S. District Court…

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Cole County Industries’ Twehus takes Mixer Driver Championship

Sources: CP staff; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va. Michael Twehus of Cole County Industries Inc., Jefferson City, Mo. prevailed over 66 peers in the 2021 National Mixer Driver Championship, staged October 2-3 as part of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association ConcreteWorks Conference in Kissimmee, Fla. Finishing first in a competition combining scores from a truck driving challenge…

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