Testing Grounds

The Arizona Masonry Council teams up with LAST Architects to investigate the potential of masonry prefabrication. With the help of an enterprising architect, the Arizona Masonry Council is demonstrating new design and engineering potential for concrete masonry units through its annual World of Concrete Masonry Pavilion, staged in the outdoor exhibit area between the Las Vegas Convention Center and Las…

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Calstone deal grows Oldcastle APG footprint in Golden State hardscapes

Atlanta-based Oldcastle APG has acquired Calstone, a leading northern California producer of pavers, concrete masonry, segmental retaining wall units and packaged materials serving Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose and Central Valley markets. “This is a strategically important addition to the Oldcastle APG family as we strive to offer complete outdoor living solutions to our customers across the country,” says President…

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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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Federal agencies trigger a third flourish for Environmental Product Declarations

Our coverage of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for ready mixed and manufactured concrete dates to 2013. The record of producers and their national associations responding to market signals calling for such documents continues to be exemplary.  This past month saw a third turning point in EPDs’ evolution from a target of green building practitioners, to data files for the Embodied…

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Producers approve Concrete Masonry Checkoff; Commerce opens Board nominations

Sources: U.S. Department of Commerce; CP staff Producers voting in a Department of Commerce (DOC) referendum have approved formation of a Concrete Masonry Products Board, empowered to fund a Concrete Masonry Checkoff Program through collection of 1 cent per unit sold in the U.S. The referendum passed on the strength of two required majorities: 62 percent of voting producers who represent 53 percent…

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Oldcastle APG, Boston S&G veteran Cooper joins CarbonBuilt

Sources: CarbonBuilt, Los Angeles; CP staff CarbonBuilt, developer of a carbon dioxide capturing and utilization process proven in concrete masonry production, has appointed Conor Cooper as head of Business Development. He arrives after 10 years with the North American market leader in concrete building and hardscape masonry, Oldcastle APG, where he most recently oversaw 18 Northeast facilities and 500 team…

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Commerce Department to open CMU Checkoff referendum in October

Sources: CMU Checkoff Coalition, Washington, D.C.; CP staff A Department of Commerce-administered referendum, October 15-November 15, will enable registered concrete masonry unit producers to vote to approve formation of a Concrete Masonry Products Board authorized to fund a CMU Checkoff through a 1-cent assessment per 8-in. equivalent building block sold in the United States. Commerce staff will email ballots to…

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Illinois Brick plumbs Brickworks’ Midwest vertical integration

Sources: Brickworks Ltd., New South Wales, Australia; Brickworks North America Corp., Wyomissing, Pa.; CP staff Brickworks, the ambitious Australian operator building a North American platform from a 2018 deal for Pennsylvania’s Glen-Gery Corp., will strengthen its Great Lakes region production and distribution footprint by acquiring certain assets of Palos Hill, Ill.-based Southfield Corp. At the heart of the $51 million…

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ACM AirFlow spacer stands between paver or block layers and damage

ACM Chemistries’ latest ColorScape offering for concrete paver and building or block wall units is measured by the cup and produced in shapes that spread without rolling or stacking. AirFlow Layer Spacer Beads prevent scratching and abrasive action across unit masonry layers, including ones where paver or block surface textures are up to 2 mm. The beads hold concrete masonry…

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