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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CMU Checkoff will propel industry to new heights

People make the concrete masonry industry. And it doesn’t hurt that the men and women who call the business home also contribute to one of the most economically sound, environmentally friendly and functional building materials on the planet. A new checkoff program will help propel the industry to new heights, help block producers put more money in their pockets and…

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NCMA research quantifies CMUs’ carbon dioxide-sequestering capacity

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff National Concrete Masonry Association technicians are collecting block from a cross section of producer members for a two-year investigation measuring specimens’ carbon dioxide sequestration characteristics. Findings have the potential to arm the industry with critical CO2 uptake data plus delineate the sequestration rates and net volumes of dry cast versus conventional precast…

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York Building Products reaches outside industry to fill new president post

Sources: York Building Products, York, Pa.; CP staff Dave Semple has been named to the newly designated position of York Building Products president, overseeing 10 concrete masonry plants or yards and seven stone, sand & gravel sites, along with safety management and procurement functions. He assumes duties of a former vice president and is tasked with ensuring collaboration across all…

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New rule steers block, paver, veneer stone Environmental Product Declarations

Sources: UL Environmental, Northbrook, Ill.; CP staff An updated Product Category Rule (PCR) will inform new Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for block, segmental retaining wall, segmental paving, manufactured stone veneer and other manufactured concrete units. A PCR provides an established methodology for preparing EPD and conducting a life cycle analysis. Submission of declarations increasingly influences specification of products or materials…

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Concrete Masonry Unit Sales Survey tracks modest year-over-year gains

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff The 2020 NCMA CMU Sales Survey, reflecting data from 187 plants, shows respective 2019 increases of 1.9 percent and 0.9 percent in the U.S. and Canada against prior year figures. In 8-in. unit equivalent terms, producers shipped 1.17 billion block in the U.S. and 101.5 million block in Canada last year. 

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Oldcastle APG sites $25M South Carolina greenfield

Source: South Carolina Department of Commerce, Columbia; CP staff Oldcastle APG plans a fourth South Carolina concrete masonry production site: A greenfield plant in Ridgeway, north of Columbia and along the Interstate 77 corridor linking the state capital to Charlotte, N.C. The $25 million operation will be dedicated to Belgard hardscape units; serve trade and retail accounts; and, build to…

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