Vulcan Materials elevates Florida Rock, U.S. Concrete veterans Baker, Pruitt

Sources: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.  Vulcan Materials Chief Operating Officer Thompson S. Baker II has been promoted to president, assuming that title from Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Tom Hill. A veteran of Florida Rock Industries, which Vulcan acquired in 2007, Baker will continue to lead enterprise-wide strategic initiatives and support and advise the producer’s senior management team. Succeeding…

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NRMCA revises Drivers Hours of Service compliance guide

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.  The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 2023 Compliance Guide for the Federal Drivers’ HOS Regulations provides operators of mixer, dump, tanker and other Class 8 truck fleets updated Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours of Service interpretations. The guide offers critical perspective on the 30-minute break provision, electronic logging device exemption and…

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Chaney Enterprises rolls out low embodied carbon mix family

Sources: Chaney Enterprises, Gambrills, Md.; CP staff One of the Mid-Atlantic region’s top independent ready mixed concrete and aggregate producers recently unveiled a line of sustainable, low carbon products under the Ever Concrete Series banner. Ever Concrete gives Chaney Enterprises customers an opportunity to consciously reduce the embodied carbon of their projects by selecting from a range of mixes that…

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BulkSource delivers construction materials producers data intelligence through open technology platform

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2023 offered a preview of data science methods destined to improve construction materials production and delivery profits. By capturing a groundswell of plant and fleet inputs from signals, sensors, production logs, and order or ticket files, a new class of information technology specialists demonstrated algorithms or programs greatly extending the dashboard and business intelligence tools accompanying current software suites.…

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e-Ticket integration meets FHWA material invoice processing parameters

Construction materials software developers Sysdyne Technologies and HaulHub Technologies continue platform integration efforts benefitting transportation agency users. Their newest deliverable, Owners Link, is a technical two-way integration between producer point of sale systems and state transportation agency project portals. Owners Link helps ensure a trustworthy source of data records that facilitate payments. Since the first e-Ticketing pilots, HaulHub Technologies notes,…

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Sysdyne underscores the promise of software APIs, interoperability

Source: Sysdyne Technologies, Stamford, Conn.; CP staff Sysdyne Technologies has significantly eased the effort required to facilitate communications across construction materials software systems via an open, highly flexible approach, including Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and full-suite interoperability. In contrast to the industry’s closed, rigid and dated technology mixes, company programmers have been keen on creating a cloud-native, end-to-end solution portfolio.…

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MDU Resources to close May with Knife River business separation

Source: MDU Resources Group Inc., Bismarck, N.D.  The MDU Resources board has scheduled a May 31 distribution of Knife River Holding Co. shares, finalizing a 10-month spinoff process of the concrete, aggregate, cement distribution and construction business from the utilities operator flagship. MDU Resources and Knife River will be independent, New York Stock Exchange-traded companies with distinct investment identities, business…

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U.S. Concrete’s Sandbrook resurfaces as Knife River director candidate

Sources: MDU Resources Group Inc., Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff MDU Resources continues to unveil key appointments and related management details for its Knife River Corp. construction materials subsidiary, a spinoff of which is scheduled by June 30. Knife River Holding Co. will become a separate business, trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the KNF symbol.    Knife River’s post-separation…

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MDU elevates Knife River NW Region chief, 29-year veteran Gray

Source: MDU Resources Group, Bismarck, N.D. The MDU Resources Board has named Brian Gray as president of construction materials subsidiary Knife River Corp., where 36-year veteran David Barney remains chief executive officer. With a Knife River tenure just shy of 30 years, Gray has headed the producer’s Northwest Region for a decade and overseen seven bolt-on acquisitions since 2018, most…

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Alternative Materials to the Rescue!

Geopolymer concrete and fiber-reinforced polymer rebar can be the perfect match for sustainability in structural applications. Steel and concrete have a love-hate relationship. Steel brings tensile strength to concrete, making it stronger for structural applications. Alas, concrete lets water seep into the relationship and corrode the hope for a lasting union. To fix this marriage, Dr. Ruth (Westheimer) has been…

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