Boral reviews Resources; U.S. Concrete adds vacated ash terminal

The Australian parent company of Georgia-based Boral North America has begun a review of Boral Resources to explore “value creation opportunities.” With 120-plus fly ash collection, processing or distribution sites across the U.S., the business accounted for about $470 million of Boral North America’s $1.56 billion in FY2020 sales.

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Competition organizers prize CarbonBuilt and CarbonCure processes, results

Equipment and methods proved at commercial scale to mineralize and sequester carbon dioxide gas in finished concrete have earned their developers, CarbonBuilt and CarbonCure Technologies, top honors in NRG Cosia Carbon Xprize, a $20 million global competition centered on managing and monetizing emissions from coal and natural gas combustion.

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Separation Technologies creates value from impounded coal ash

Separation Technologies (ST) has commissioned its first industrial scale plant engineered to reclaim fly ash from coal ash impoundment basins. A pilot facility at the Talen Energy Brunner Island Steam Electric Station in York Haven, Pa. combines the Titan America LLC subsidiary’s new proprietary drying and screening system with longstanding electrostatic separation equipment for removing unburned carbon from coal ash.…

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Cemex key to IBM-powered supply chain platform

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. and four European partners aim to develop OpenBuilt, a platform programmed to help securely connect fragmented construction industry supply chains and offer digital solutions to help innovate and drive more efficient, sustainable and safer projects. Part company, part ecosystem, OpenBuilt will function independently with the support of IBM Global Business Services, providing cloud computing infrastructure; IBM…

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Producer, practitioner, labor contingent organizes rainscreen group

Officially launched late last year, the Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA) is a multi-disciplinary, member-led organization targeting current building enclosure design and construction challenges. Membership ranges from insulation and wall barrier manufacturers to architectural façade element producers and fabricators, to the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and affiliated training…

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PCA shipment figures show industry handily overcoming 2020 adversities

Fourteen months after pandemic panic and economic uncertainty compelled a guarded 2020-2022 outlook for U.S. construction activity, the Portland Cement Association Market Intelligence Group reports that a key indicator of building and nonbuilding project volume actually grew year over year—a trend likely to continue for the near term.

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Kerkstra shores up Fabcon’s Midwest, Great Lakes market footprint

Minnesota’s Fabcon Precast has closed on Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Kerkstra Precast, which serves industrial, commercial, residential, and infrastructure markets from headquarters and Detroit satellite plants. Its product offering includes structural and architectural wall panels, hollowcore plank, beams, columns, double tees, stairs, and specialty elements.

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Smith-Midland encloses mid-rise in Dick Van Dyke hometown

Virginia-based architectural and structural precast producer Smith-Midland Corp. has secured a major contract for the mixed-use 11 Garden Street development in New Rochelle, N.Y. The 19-story structure is being developed by Glenwood Management, a multi-generational real estate player specializing in high-end apartments. The New Hyde Park, N.Y. developer recently contracted with Smith-Midland to provide over $5.5 million of architectural precast…

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Code Service report paves path to multi-story, 3D-printed structural concrete

Black Buffalo 3D Corp., a global provider of large scale, building-grade printers and proprietary cement-based ink, has worked with the International Code Council Evaluation Service in Itasca, Ill., to expand criteria in the ICC-ES AC509 – 3D Automated Construction Technology for 3D Concrete Walls report from single- to multi-story building.

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QC, embedded sensor specialist Exact adds Sure Cure system

Cloud-enabled concrete monitoring device specialist Exact Technology has acquired Sure Cure electric concrete curing system proprietor Products Engineering Inc. (PE). Well established in precast, prestressed operations, Sure Cure system elements, thermocouples, temperature loggers and control cabinet are over 90 percent efficient in applying electric heat to plastic and hardening concrete. Controllable locally or via the cloud, the system maintains uniform…

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