Astec and CarbonCure Technologies enter sales, service partnership

Tennessee-based plant equipment leader Astec Industries has become exclusive ready mixed concrete market channel partner in the U.S. and Canada for CarbonCure Technologies. Collaboration with the Halifax, Nova Scotia developer of namesake carbon dioxide injection and mineralization technology for fresh concrete supports sustainability measures under the OneAstec business model. Astec’s BMH, Con-E-Co and RexCon concrete batch plant brands will offer…

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CarbonCure Technologies in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has named to its board of directors B+H Architects Global Sustainability Lead and Senior Principal Lisa Bate, immediate past World Green Building Council chair, and, retired AECOM Chief Executive Officer Michael Burke. The company has also named CEO Robert Niven, who founded the business in 2012, as chairman. “Since buildings are the source of…

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Competition organizers prize CarbonBuilt and CarbonCure processes, results

Equipment and methods proved at commercial scale to mineralize and sequester carbon dioxide gas in finished concrete have earned their developers, CarbonBuilt and CarbonCure Technologies, top honors in NRG Cosia Carbon Xprize, a $20 million global competition centered on managing and monetizing emissions from coal and natural gas combustion.

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Five tips for unlocking hidden profits in your concrete business

By all accounts, concrete is a good business these days. Construction and building materials industries are largely considered essential. Work continues despite the current circumstances, though often adjusted to meet new safety requirements and economic conditions. But even without the impact of Covid-19 on life and business, the concrete industry faces unique challenges:

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Building a Better World With Concrete


by William C. Holden

The start of a new year and a new decade seems like a good time to take stock. Looking back over a long career in concrete, there’s a lot to consider. This is the industry that has literally built the modern world. It’s also the industry often blamed for it. But as our long history proves, no one stands more ready to face the challenges of the future than we do.

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A new thermal beneficiation technology from Charah Solutions, Louisville, Ky., improves finished fly ash quality by reducing loss on ignition, ammonia, activated carbon and moisture in raw feeds. The proprietary MP618 Multi-Process suits both wet and dry ash streams and offers these company-cited advantages over competing technologies: Lower cost profile; efficient footprint with self contained environmental controls that can be deployed in weeks versus years; and, modular design that can be scaled to market demand.

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Cemex USA and Rinker Materials veteran Karl Watson Jr. has joined Denver-based Summit Materials as executive vice president and chief operating officer, succeeding Douglas Rauh. He arrives at the ready mixed, cement, aggregates and asphalt producer with 25-plus years in construction materials, most recently serving as president of Martin Marietta Materials’ Cement & Southwest Ready Mix business.

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Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala., has elevated two senior vice presidents to new posts: Stan Bass, SVP West, overseeing Western and Mountain West Divisions, to chief growth officer, responsible for leading business development, commercial excellence, and strategic growth initiatives; and, Michael Mills, SVP & general counsel, to chief administrative officer, charged with executive oversight of non-financial, administrative functions. Also, Brock Lodge has been promoted from Western Division vice president and general manager to president, and Jerry Perkins, from assistant general counsel to general counsel, maintaining the corporate secretary post.

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The board of Colombia’s Cementos Argos has unanimously appointed Juan Esteban Calle as chief executive officer, effective April. His interpersonal skills and professional record of accomplishments, directors note, will help position Argos to continue its growth and expansion strategy, while strengthening organizational culture plus good environmental and social management practices.

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