MANUFACTURERS – OCTOBER 2018

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Consolidation-minded Construction Supply Group (CSG) has completed its 10th acquisition: California distributor Constar Construction Supply. “This furthers our goal of building a best-in-class wholesale distribution company across North America,” says CSG CEO Mitch Williams, noting that the company will continue to seek additions to its family of concrete and masonry contractor-geared distribution businesses.

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Executive coach: Engagement central to closing construction skills gap

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If construction stakeholders find it difficult to attract skilled workers now, what can they expect in a decade? Those unwilling or unable to effectively attract, engage and retain their workforce will pay the consequences in the not-so-distant future, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, which is promoting best management practices through its ConExpo-Con/Agg 360 program.

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MANUFACTURERS – AUGUST 2017

Charah LLC, Louisville, Ky., will raise Class F fly ash supply capabilities to Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky concrete and cement producers through an exclusive agreement to market coal combustion products (CCP) from the Hoosier Energy Merom Generating Station in western Indiana. The contract is the latest in a series supporting the company’s MultiSource terminal and processing site network.

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ORGANIZATIONS – JUNE 2017

The National Concrete Masonry Association is participating in this month’s National Thought Leaders Forum on Disaster Mitigation Resiliency for a Stronger and Safer America. Staged on Capitol Hill, it brings together top policymakers, industry representatives, and experts to examine the power of disaster resiliency in construction to save lives and taxpayer dollars, and explore solutions and incentives for strengthening buildings and mitigating damage from natural disaster. The event is in cooperation with the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

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Equipment group schedules machine safety, compliance seminar

Sources: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee

Safety messaging in the social media universe, emerging regulatory compliance issues in the U.S. and globally, implications of telematics and big data, and technical documentation/training developments headline the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ 2017 Product Safety & Compliance Seminar, April 24-26 at the Westin Hotel, Cincinnati.

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Exuberant ConExpo-Con/Agg unearths depth of pent-up plant, fleet equipment needs

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Sources: CP staff; Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee

Concrete plant equipment manufacturers, mixer truck body builders and fellow exhibitors enjoyed solid booth traffic, quote inquiries and order activity at the 2017 ConExpo-Con/Agg, some telling Concrete Products the March 7-11 event was the best such show to date. Confidence in the business climate and prospects for stepped up infrastructure investment, fueled by President Donald Trump, permeated the Las Vegas Convention Center gathering, which encompassed the flagship show and co-located IFPE 2017.

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Equipment Manufacturers stress fuel quality in Tier 4 engine pointers

Source: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee

AEM’s new “Get CLEAN on Fuel” infographic outlines five key actions to help protect Tier 4 engines which, according to Technical and Safety Services Manager William Bernhard, “reduce emissions and protect our health and the environment, [but] are rather finicky about fuel.” Today’s Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel is very different from the diesel of a few years ago, he adds, noting how “it is subject to change and contamination as it moves from the refinery to the engine, making storage, temperature, age and filtration, and related factors critical in maintaining fuel quality.”

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Ex-Terex chief offers candid take on transportation infrastructure funding

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Sources: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee; CP staff

Agency, academic and private-sector officials assessed long-range infrastructure planning against demographic changes, technology developments and funding mechanisms during a Northwestern University Transportation Center-hosted symposium, staged to release the Association of Equipment Manufacturers-commissioned “Mobility 2050” study.

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New ASTM standard gauges prestressing strand bond integrity

ASTM A1096, Test Method for Evaluating the Bond Quality of Steel Wire for Concrete stems from assessment of precast members where indented prestressing wires exhibit potential bond-related cracking. Soon to be published by ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys, the standard is based on A1081, Test Method for Evaluating Bond of Seven-Wire Steel Prestressing Strand.

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