Titan America loads N.J. terminal with portland-limestone blend

Titan America has begun offering Type IL portland-limestone cement from its Essex Cement storage and distribution facility at the Port of Newark, becoming New Jersey’s charter source of the blended binder. Metro New York-New Jersey customer adoption of lower carbon alternatives to ordinary portland cement (clinker only) stands to drive the terminal’s full transition to PLC by the end of…

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Cemex Ventures, nine partners open Construction Startup Competition

The corporate venture capital and innovation unit of Cemex S.A.B de C.V. invites participants in the sixth Construction Startup Competition—the biggest such program for the global construction industry. Open to businesses in their early stages up to their commercialization phase, the Cemex Ventures competition suits entrepreneurs who wish to knock on the doors of potential business partners. Participants can apply…

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Report spells code-geared carbon benchmarks

The most recent New Buildings Institute (NBI) report presents language to incorporate embodied carbon requirements in codes, and explains the need for jurisdictions to address such criteria for materials or products with the highest carbon dioxide emissions factors. “Lifecycle GHG Impacts in Building Codes” presents potential CO2 benchmarks or thresholds for ready mixed concrete, rebar and structural steel based on…

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NRMCA Committees, Divisions honor annual award recipients

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association recognized 12 industry veterans at an awards luncheon during its annual convention, staged in San Antonio last month concurrent with Portland Cement Association spring meeting activities. Those honored, by AWARD: WILLIAM B. ALLENThe Workforce Development Committee’s Financial Performance Improvement Group announced a posthumous honor for Tom Baird IV, who passed away in October 2020.…

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Afinitas powers turnkey curing services for manufactured concrete

Afinitas has added a finishing element to its concrete pipe and precast formwork, machinery and accessories offering. The manufacturer unveiled its SmartSet Concrete Curing Solutions for pipe, precast, block, paver and prestressed production at the 2022 Precast Show.  The Afinitas Curing Team rolled on to the Kansas City Convention Center floor in its fully stocked, 20-ft. SmartSet Curing Solutions service…

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Principals transfer High Industries ownership to namesake foundation

Chairman Emeritus S. Dale High and family members have established a new ownership structure for their business, High Industries Inc., netting millions annually for community causes in Lancaster and other eastern Pennsylvania communities. Transfer of High Industries ownership to the High Foundation follows a fall 2021 commitment of $65 million to seed the High Foundation Fund at the Lancaster County…

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CRH seals $3.45 billion for Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

Dublin-based CRH Plc continues to streamline its North American portfolio around cement, aggregates, concrete and asphalt production assets. The company recently announced an agreement to sell its Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope business to KPS Capital Partners, a New York private equity firm. The deal includes a $3.45 billion cash payment, plus transfer of $335 million in lease liabilities. A major architectural glass…

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Quikrete assimilates Forterra Precast as sister Rinker Pipe brand

Atlanta-based Quikrete Holdings LLC acquired all outstanding Forterra Inc. shares late last month and established the Irving, Texas concrete pipe, drainage structure, structural precast and ductile iron pipe giant as a wholly owned subsidiary. The incoming assets significantly extend the drainage and short-span bridge market footprints of sister Quikrete businesses, Rinker Pipe and Contech Engineered Solutions; add precast, prestressed plants…

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SRM closes Q1 with Martin Marietta, Argos, Charley’s deals

Smyrna Ready Mix Concrete LLC of Murfreesboro, Tenn. opened 2022 Q2 confirming the acquisition of 67 ready mixed plants in five states. The largest of four announced transactions netted 37 central Texas, Colorado and Wyoming sites from Martin Marietta Materials, which had indicated an asset sale agreement with SRM Concrete in mid-March.  SRM Concrete has also acquired 18 North Carolina…

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Cemex concentrates solar heat for calcining, clinker production feat

In a joint project at the Very High Concentration Solar Tower of Spain’s IMDEA Energy, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. and Swiss sustainable fuels specialist Synhelion report processing of the world’s first “solar clinker.” Research and developments teams set up a pilot batch production unit to weigh and transfer limestone, clay and other raw feeds through calcining and clinker phases at…

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