30-year veteran Christensen takes the helm at Master Builders Solutions

Sources: Master Builders Solutions, Beachwood, Ohio; CP staff Dr. Bruce J. Christensen has been promoted to president of Master Builders Solutions in the U.S. and Canada, succeeding Brian Denys, who had led MBCC Group Americas. Dr. Christensen spent 30 years in various functions ahead of his most recent position, senior vice president of Business Development, where led the commercial side…

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Holcim probes electric vehicle-charging potential of magnetizable slabs

Holcim AG is partnering with Magment GmbH to improve the German startup’s magnetizable concrete technology for road surfaces enabling electric vehicles to recharge wirelessly while in motion. Holcim and Magment Research & Development teams have formulated a unique concrete with high magnetic permeability, testing the technology at Purdue University in Indiana. The breakthrough “inductive charging” solution could reduce the need…

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Standard Precast, Brundage-Bone veteran named NITROcrete chief

Sources: NITROcrete, Denver; CP staff Concrete mix temperature control specialist NITROcrete has appointed Stephen De Bever as chief executive officer, succeeding founder Drew Nelson, who transitions to the executive chairman post. De Bever arrives with two decades’ experience in concrete and construction, most recently serving as Standard Precast chief executive officer and Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping chief operating officer. 

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Amid start up of its 2 million ton/year Port-Daniel–Gascons mill in eastern Quebec, McInnis Cement has outlined an Atlantic provinces distribution plan anchored on the acquisition of two CRH Canada terminals serving New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. McInnis will honor the facilities’ order log, integrate current staff, and—under a separate agreement—begin cement deliveries to CRH Canada terminals in Long Pond, Argentia and Corner Brook, Newfoundland this fall.

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Building Material Plant Day participants measure global market’s mixed signals

Sources: German Engineering Federation (VDMA), Frankfurt

German manufacturers of concrete and other building material plants are expecting a broadly based boost this year, carrying momentum from a year-over-year spike most sectors saw at the end of 2016. “This should translate into sales growth over the next few months,” said Sebastian Popp, economic expert on machinery and equipment at Building Material Plants Day, an annual VDMA gathering in Frankfurt for companies serving concrete, dry mortar, aggregate, cement, lime and gypsum producers.

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ASTM C09 names Vulcan Materials’ Graves as Mather Award recipient

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

Vulcan Materials Corporate Manager of Technical Services Robin Graves has received the Katharine and Bryant Mather Award for advancing concrete technology through leadership roles in ASTM C09 Committee on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. The award is named for longtime C09 member Bryant Mather, whose extended Vicksburg District tenure positioned him among the top cement and concrete authorities in the Army Corps of Engineers’ history.

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Foundation groups inject rheology into revised tremie concrete practice

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) and European Federation of Foundation Contractors (EFFC) have released a free download of their recent Best Practice Guide to Tremie Concrete for Deep Foundations. The publication stems from initial efforts of the joint DFI and EFFC Concrete Task Group, established in 2014 to study common problems in drilled shafts and diaphragm walls constructed using tremie methods.

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