Forta completes leadership transition, closes on Helix Steel

Grove City, Pa.-based Forta Corp., a long-time player in synthetic reinforcing fiber, has named Peter Ferris as chief executive officer, succeeding John Lindh, who becomes chairman of the board. Ferris arrives from Dur-A-Flex Inc., where he served as president and chief operating officer and helped build the East Hartford, Conn. business into a resinous flooring leader. In 2022, he led…

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CalPortland forms Carbon Reduction Team, earns Wildlife Habitat recognition

A new CalPortland Co. Carbon Reduction Team will focus on research and development plus decarbonization project implementation, and operate from the cement, aggregate and concrete producer’s Crestmore Center of Technical Excellence in Jurupa Valley, Calif. Vice President of Research & Development Hamed Maraghechi and Vice President of Carbon Reduction Implementation Hartmut Riess will lead the team, tasked with science-driven activities…

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Eco Material and Southern Co. perpetuate ash harvesting

Fly ash market leader Eco Material Technologies has announced a collaboration with Southern Co. subsidiary Alabama Power to harvest and process millions of tons of stored coal combustion products from Plant Barry, a Bucks, Ala. power station. The project is the third such venture with the Atlanta-based utility giant, following CCP harvesting and processing contracts at Plants Bowen and Branch…

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Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute reflects on a century of impact

The 2024 World of Concrete provided the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute a springboard for 100th anniversary observances. Founded in 1924 with priorities that included legal measures to ensure fabricator payments, CRSI has emerged as the trusted industry resource and standards development organization for steel reinforcement, specifically rebar, in concrete construction. Since its inception, the Institute has continually built upon partnerships…

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Wall Street awaits Holcim US, Lafarge Canada spin off from Swiss parent

With an eye to unlocking North American asset value, Holcim Ltd. plans a 2025 spin off of its namesake US and Building Envelope plus Lafarge Canada Inc. operations, the new entity likely listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Across 850-plus sites and a payroll north of 16,000, the three businesses hold top five U.S. and Canadian market positions in…

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Survey confirms wood vs. concrete multifamily building insurance differences

Sources: Concrete Advancement Foundation and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff In a follow up to an initial 2017 study, the Concrete Advancement Foundation and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association quantify the expected underwriting cost differences between combustible versus noncombustible construction in their 2024 Survey of Insurance Costs for Multifamily Buildings Constructed with Wood-frame and Concrete. The…

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International Code Council reveals Building Safety Month possibilities

The 44th Annual Building Safety Month, programmed to raises awareness about the importance of building codes in establishing and ensuring the safety of the built environment, kicks off on May 1 with the theme “Mission Possible.” Each year, International Code Council officials and members, along with global communities, advance building safety measures through proclamations, educational events and community gatherings. The…

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Admixture-grade carbon nanotubes emerge from methane processing

Huntsman Corp. of The Woodlands, Texas has commenced work on a 30 ton per year Miralon carbon nanotube materials plant, output from which can be used for specialty concrete admixtures, high-performance composites, electric vehicle batteries and long-wear tires. Miralon structural carbon comprises nanotube-based materials produced as additives, dispersions, sheets or yarn. The materials are lightweight, thinner than a human hair,…

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Coal ash survey results reflecting growing harvested material inputs

The American Coal Ash Association Production and Use Survey indicates 2022 fly ash consumption in concrete at 10.9 million tons, 1 million tons off from the prior year, while year over year use of all coal combustion products (CCP) in cement production increased 8 percent, to just over 6 million tons. Concrete producers and consumers indicated a desire to use…

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Thalle Industries’ Dakota Concrete makes its mark in the Hudson Valley

High-profile construction jobs in the Hudson Valley are progressing with concrete, rock or other products from Thalle Industries of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. “From the Indian Point power plant to the West Point academy, our products are critical to many of the region’s most important projects,” says CEO Glenn Pacchiana. “We supply locally sourced and produced construction materials that help our…

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