General Shale, Meridian assimilation optimizes legacy, spurs new brands

Johnson City, Tenn.-based General Shale, the top producer of clay brick and sustainable building solutions in North America, has adopted the Canada Brick, Michigan Brick and Red River Brick brands to succeed the production and sales locations of Meridian Brick, acquired in fall 2021. The company is also assigning established and highly regarded General Shale brands to former Meridian Brick…

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Tensar International leads Commercial Metals into geogrid market

A top player in concrete rebar production and fabrication, Dallas-based Commercial Metals Co. (CMC) has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Tensar International Corp., Alpharetta, Ga., from Castle Harlan Partners V L.P. in a $550 million transaction.  “This compelling acquisition advances CMC’s strategy to expand our leadership in construction reinforcement with value-added products that complement our existing offering,” says CMC…

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Nucor scouts Southeast for $350 million rebar micro mill site

The board of Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor Corp. has approved investment of up to $350 million for construction of a rebar micro mill to be located in the South Atlantic region. The facility will join sister Missouri and Florida rebar micro mills, opened in 2020, and feature spooling capability—affording rebar fabricators handling economy and waste reduction.  “We believe the East Coast…

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Purdue hosts 3D printing research for offshore wind energy installations

A National Science Foundation Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer grant is supporting development of 3D-printed concrete alternatives to traditional steel anchors for offshore wind turbines. RCAM Technologies, with U.S. and U.K. offices, will test its concrete anchor concept in West Lafayette, Ind. at the Purdue University College of Engineering’s Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil…

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CarbonBuilt shoulders Habitat for Humanity home, builds out C-suite

BY DON MARSH Los Angeles-based CarbonBuilt, developer of a carbon dioxide utilization method proven in manufactured concrete, joined Cemex USA, the National Concrete Masonry Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Alabama Concrete Industries Association in the late-2021 dedication of a Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa (Ala.) home. Crews built the clay brick veneer-clad, single-story residence with concrete block from a…

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Underwriter’s holding company takes majority stake in Metromont

South Carolina-based Metromont LLC, a top five precast, prestressed producer, has agreed to sell a majority interest to old-line, specialty insurance provider Markel Corp. of Richmond, Va. Subsidiary Markel Ventures functions as a holding company with long term investments in businesses serving industrial or consumer markets. Family-owned Metromont operates six plants from Virginia to Florida, offering architectural, engineering and construction…

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Holcim binders, mixes blend sustainable and high performance characteristics

Holcim AG bills its DYNAMax product, set for 2022 unveiling in North America and nine overseas markets, as “the ultimate performance concrete, delivering high strength, durability and rigidity with design freedom and sustainability” and imparting “value to all stakeholders across the construction, from architects to homeowners.”  “DYNAMax advanc[es] our global range of innovative and sustainable building solutions. With today’s population…

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LafargeHolcim, CenterPoint enter 6 million ton ash recycling phase

LafargeHolcim and waste management subsidiary Geocycle have logged the first coal ash shipment in a multi-year initiative with CenterPoint Energy Inc. Delivered by barge via the Mississippi River, the 2,000-ton load replaces natural clay and fine aggregate as raw feeds at the Holcim (US) Ste. Genevieve mill in Missouri, North America’s largest cement operation. “This milestone is a tangible example…

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Coal ash recycling rate increases in 2020, reversing previous years’ declines

The American Coal Ash Association 2020 Production and Use Survey shows 59 percent, or 40.8 million tons, of the 69.2 million tons of coal ash produced during 2020 was recycled—up from 52 percent in 2019 and marking the sixth consecutive year that more than half of such material produced in the United States was beneficially used rather than disposed.  ACAA…

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Eco Material Technologies: A new fly ash brand rises in Boral’s wake

Eager to sunset its presence this side of the Pacific, Australia’s Boral Ltd. entered a late-2021 agreement to sell its North American fly ash business to Eco Material Technologies Inc., an entity backed by New York City-based One Equity Partners and Quadrant Management Inc. With a projected closing no later than 2022 Q3, the $755 million deal spans West Jordan,…

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