NRMCA’s Digital Transformation

The association’s latest task group champions the latest advances in technology. By Craig Yeack Once upon a time, the winners and losers in our industry were separated mainly by one thing: pricing power. Be it through consolidation, vertical integration, or just being a superior operator, pricing power is an economic term that describes a company’s ability to raise prices without…

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CalPortland, Cemex, Ozinga, PCA earn Energy Star Partner recognition

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Four familiar names in construction materials are among 210 U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency 2022 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award recipients. The 2022 Partner naming marks 18 consecutive years of such recognition for CalPortland, four years for Cemex, and three years for Ozinga and PCA.

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Portland-limestone cement uptake: 44 states and counting

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Recent portland-limestone cement (PLC) approvals by the Arizona and Maryland Departments of Transportation, plus the Vermont Agency of Transportation, bring to 44 the total of state authorities recognizing the material in specifications for concrete pavement, bridge and other structures. The approvals will accelerate a Portland Cement Association-tracked PLC consumption trajectory eclipsing 6…

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CalPortland Mojave plant all in on portland-limestone cement

Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.; CP staff CalPortland plans full conversion of its 1.3 million ton/year capacity Mojave plant, located 75 miles north of the Los Angeles Basin, to the branded Advancement HS portland-limestone cement. Scheduled for completion by the third quarter, the switch from ordinary portland to Type IL cement will reduce the facility’s carbon emissions by 10 percent…

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CalPortland moves CNG power upstream, from mixers to bulk tankers

Eyeing deliveries throughout southern California, CalPortland Co. is deploying compressed natural gas-powered bulk tankers as part of strategy to capture fuel economy and lower the net greenhouse gas emissions associated with cement production at its Oro Grande plant. The producer has staged 24 CNG-fueled tractors with double bulk trailers along a slow-fill island station and related fueling infrastructure at the…

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CalPortland migrates CNG power from concrete mixers to cement bulk tankers

Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.; CP staff  Eyeing deliveries throughout southern California, CalPortland is deploying a compressed natural gas bulk tanker fleet as part of a strategy to capture fuel economy and lower the net greenhouse gas emissions associated with cement production at its Oro Grande plant. The producer has staged 24 CNG-fueled tractors with double bulk trailers along a…

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NRMCA – Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association honors 11 plants and their owners in the 2020 Environmental Excellence Awards program. Now in its 25th year, the competition offers NRMCA producer members national recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment and maintaining sound management practices in their operations. The awards salute operators that have not only met, but surpassed governmental compliance…

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CalPortland blended cement series clips carbon dioxide load

Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.; CP staff

The two charter offerings in a new CalPortland line of blended portland-limestone cements (PLC) have an embodied carbon level about 10 percent below that of common ASTM C 150 materials. ADVANCEMENT LT (Light) is a lighter colored, higher albedo Type IL PLC suiting concrete in design and architectural conditions. ADVANCEMENT HS (High Sulfate) is formulated for general use concrete or when high sulfate resistance is required. 

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EPA revisits SCM in procurement guidelines; honors CalPortland and Cemex

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has opened a public comment period through July 6 on the Agency’s current list of 61 items that are or can be made from recovered materials in eight Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) categories, plus recommendations to federal agencies on purchasing such items. The largest category, Construction Products, includes blended cement or concrete containing fly ash, ground granulated blast furnace slag and silica fume.

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ORGANIZATIONS – NOVEMBER 2019

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The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has named 2019 Excellence in Quality Awards recipients. The program recognizes producers that follow and exceed quality management principles guiding materials, production processes and delivered loads. Honored during the group’s ConcreteWorks conference last month in Florida were:

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