Holcim (US) mill goes full bore on portland limestone cement

A Texas concrete materials supply chain fixture, the Holcim (US) Inc. Midlothian plant is the first cement mill in the country to fully convert to production of portland limestone cement (PLC), where fine limestone at 5 percent to 15 percent volumes is ground with clinker. The finished binder exhibits performance comparable to ordinary portland cement, but has a lower embodied…

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Independent rebar fabricators sustain investor interest

Sources: Argonaut Private Equity, Tulsa, Okla.; CP staff Argonaut Private Equity has entered a partnership with Houston-based FABco, a provider of concrete materials and supplies, including engineered steel rebar and associated construction products. FABco has provided products, services and installation since 2010. Beyond Houston headquarters, it operates production and technical resource facilities in Central and North Texas, Colorado and Utah. 

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Foundation, NRMCA ease research proposal referral process

Source: RMC Research & Education Foundation, Alexandria, Va. The RMC Foundation is collaborating with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and its Research, Engineering & Standards Committee (RES) on identification of industry research needs and referral of proposals for potential funding. Members of an RES task group, chaired by Bruce Blair, president of Consumers Concrete in Kalamazoo, Mich., have developed…

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Zimmerman brings volumetric delivery cycle under one digital umbrella

Zimmerman Industries, a key player in volumetric mixer trucks, has teamed with Silicon Valley software developer LogiMove to launch a web portal and app-based solution for concrete delivery fleets. The LogiMove application helps manage orders, dispatching, mix designs, truck inspections, drivers, delivery notes, invoicing, and job site photo archiving. Initial set up is done through a web portal in a…

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ACI loads 2021 Collection of Concrete Codes, Specifications, and Practices

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff Available as an online subscription, a USB drive or nine-volume print version, the ACI Collection is the most comprehensive and largest single source of information on concrete design, construction, materials, and repair, with nearly 50 codes and specifications and more than 200 practices, including all guides and reports. 

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Amcon acquires Concrete Materials unit masonry plants

Source: TCC Materials, Mendota Heights, Minn.

A deal with Sweetman Construction Co., dba Concrete Materials, has netted TCC Materials’ Amcon Concrete Products business block plants in Harrisburg, S.D., and Worthington, Minn. They join a network of concrete masonry and hardscape unit plants in Medford, St. Cloud and St. Joseph, Minn., plus Rapid City, S.D.

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Proposed ASTM C09 standard tackles mix material incompatibility

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

A working document under ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates—ASTM WK40615, Practice for Mixing and Comparing Performance of Concrete Materials Using Mini-Mix Mortar Mixtures—enables technologists to detect and address incompatibility issues arising in mix design development.

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