Producers’ Choice

Integration of data AND business process empower freedom of choice in a concrete technology ecosystem. The Walt Disney Co. is a world champion of vertical capture. The company’s theme parks offer families a complete package of entertainment, dining and lodging. Yet in Orlando, Fla., many visitors choose to complement or even skip Disney World for other cool things like Comcast’s…

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Continental completes portland-limestone cement migration

Sources: Summit Materials Inc., Denver; CP staff Summit Materials’ Missouri subsidiary, Continental Cement Co. LLC, has consummated a full conversion from clinker-only to portland-limestone cement output at its Hannibal plant— four months after a similar transition at a sister mill up the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa. The PLC is typically finished at a 90/10 clinker and ground limestone blend. …

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Community catalyst

Lafarge Canada has teamed with BGC Ottawa (formerly the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa) to build the new Taggart Parkes Family Clubhouse, donating upward of 500 cubic meters of ECOPact low-carbon ready mixed concrete for the 15,000-square-foot facility. The recent grand opening ceremony marked a special milestone for the thousands of children and youth in underserved neighborhoods in the…

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Charah Solutions lands Indiana power station ash contract

Sources: Charah Solutions Inc., Louisville, Ky.; CP staff Under a multi-year contract effective this quarter, Charah Solutions will market approximately 150,000 tons of specification grade fly ash annually from a central Indiana power generating station. The material will be distributed primarily by truck through the company’s MultiSource network. With nearly 40 truck and rail loadout-equipped locations across the country, the…

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Clark Pacific taps arrays on fast track to renewable energy-powered plants

Sources: Clark Pacific, West Sacramento, Calif.; CP staff  A top player in West Coast precast, prestressed concrete production and related design-build work, Clark Pacific has entered a partnership with NewGen Energy that will see solar array installations meeting nearly 100 percent of electricity requirements across three California concrete operations. Enlisting the Loomis, Calif. array engineer and installation services provider in…

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Blair Block moves first to commercialize CarbonBuilt technology

Sources: CarbonBuilt, Los Angeles; CP staff Alabama’s Blair Block projects an early-2023 debut for low-carbon concrete masonry units produced with the CarbonBuilt Reversa carbon dioxide capture and mineralization process. Reversa deployment stands to reduce Blair Block products’ carbon footprint upward of 80 percent with no compromise on price, performance or plant operations. A production line retrofit at the producer’s Childersburg…

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Butler Concrete optimizes diesel combustion with hydrogen, oxygen device

Sources: Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc., Vancouver, B.C.  Butler Concrete and Aggregate Ltd. of Victoria, B.C. is testing a fuel enhancement system on its mixer truck fleet with an eye to improved fuel efficiency, plus lower carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. Mounted near the mixer gear box, the Empire Hydrogen system uses electrolysis—initiated through stainless steel plate filters and…

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ACI launches Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete

Source: American Concrete institute, Farmington Hills, Mich. The latest ACI Center for Excellence will focus on transforming the concrete industry into a proactive, unified group actively engaged in developing and employing existing or new technologies to reduce finished structures’ carbon footprint. NEU: An ACI Center for Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete, was launched at the Institute’s spring convention in Orlando.  …

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IW EPD: Ready mixed producers shrink carbon footprint by one fifth

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff National Ready Mixed Concrete Association producers have lowered their carbon footprint by 21 percent in seven years, according to a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) report and Industry Wide Environmental Product Declaration (IW EPD) published earlier this month. NRMCA has tracked environmental impacts—carbon dioxide emissions, energy and water use, and waste…

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