Organizations – February 2024

The American Concrete Pavement Association has elected Ash Grove Cement Vice President of Sales – Midwest Ernie Peterson as 2024 chairman. Over a 25-year tenure with the cement, aggregate and concrete producer, he has served in multiple sales capacities, briefly departing for Fibermesh and Nebraska Concrete & Aggregates Association positions, and was named vice president in 2012. He was also…

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First Lady’s Texas conservation group recognizes Cemex USA

Cemex USA has been named a Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) honoree for the fifth consecutive year. A conservation non-profit founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, TxN recognized the cement, aggregate and concrete giant in an official ranking of the best 2023 conservation and sustainability work from Texas businesses.  Cemex is a long-standing advocate for land conservation and…

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CarbonCure brings home Heirloom Direct Air Capture carbon dioxide

CarbonCure Technologies, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and its concrete producer licensees will mineralize and permanently store atmospheric carbon dioxide from Heirloom Carbon Technology Direct Air Capture (DAC) assemblies under a two-year agreement. The plan advances the DAC-to-concrete storage pathway demonstrated earlier this year at the Central Concrete Supply Co. headquarters plant in San Jose, Calif.  Based in Brisbane, Calif., Heirloom Carbon…

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Sublime Cement LCA draws sharp carbon contrast to C150 Type I powder

A screening life cycle assessment (LCA) validates how Sublime Systems’ low temperature, electrolysis-enabled processing of calcium-bearing feeds yields a concrete-grade binder whose global warming potential (GWP) is less than one-tenth that of a typical portland cement. The most widely referenced metric in environmental product declarations, GWP indicates carbon dioxide emissions and is expressed as kilograms per metric ton equivalent (kgCO2/mt). …

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European Union Precast Federation releases Decarbonization Pledge

In a new position statement on members’ material usage, production methods and embrace of circular economy principles, the Federation of the European Precast Concrete Industry (BIBM), Brussels, reinforces commitment to fostering a sustainable and low-carbon society. The BIBM Decarbonization Pledge represents “a concerted effort to minimize environmental impact across the entire lifespan of precast concrete products” and signatories’ quest “to…

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RMI, USGBC audit concrete and steel in “Action on Embodied Carbon”

Environmental policy authority RMI and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) address emissions reduction challenges along with measures to accelerate building construction sector decarbonization in “Driving Action on Embodied Carbon in Buildings.” Released in conjunction with USGBC’s 2023 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo earlier this fall, the new report offers recommendations or insights to better track, measure and reduce CO2…

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Cummins X15H hydrogen engine enters Terex Advance specs

Terex Advance will integrate the Cummins X15H hydrogen internal combustion engine into its Commander Series front discharge mixer truck specifications as production of the diesel power alternative commences later this decade. “We are actively pursuing practical, cost-effective strategies to help customers decarbonize. The X15H is a feasible option for our trucks, and we are eagerly anticipating deployment of this technology,”…

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Argos NA brings Summit Materials cement, ready mixed production scale

Cementos Argos of Colombia has entered a definitive agreement with Denver-based Summit Materials Inc. under which Argos North America Corp., Alpharetta, Ga. will combine with Summit in a cash and stock transaction. It calls for Cementos Argos to receive approximately $1.2 billion in cash and 54.7 million shares—or 31 percent—of Summit stock, valuing Argos North America at approximately $3.2 billion.…

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Tight tunnel tolerances

The Cross River Rail project in Australia aimed to alleviate congestion in Brisbane’s metro transport system and improve transportation for a growing population. Project principals faced numerous obstacles due to limited space: Construction sequencing on the confined, congested site was complex due to the need for precision, efficiency, and safety. Heavy/civil contractor Kenny Constructions was tasked with placing 59 precast…

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NRMCA revises Drivers Hours of Service compliance guide

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.  The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 2023 Compliance Guide for the Federal Drivers’ HOS Regulations provides operators of mixer, dump, tanker and other Class 8 truck fleets updated Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours of Service interpretations. The guide offers critical perspective on the 30-minute break provision, electronic logging device exemption and…

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