ABC: Unionized construction workforce slide continues

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C. An Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of 2023 union membership data published by UnionStats.com finds at least 90 percent of workers in the private construction industry do not belong to a union in 29 states, up from 26 and 24 states in the prior two years. North Carolina, Mississippi, Maine, South Carolina and…

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Holcim outlines North American business spin off plan 

Sources: Holcim Ltd., Zug, Switzerland; CP staff With an eye to unlocking North American asset value, Holcim Ltd. plans a 2025 spin off of its namesake US and Building Envelope plus Lafarge Canada Inc. operations, the new entity likely listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Across 850-plus sites and a payroll north of 16,000, the three businesses hold top…

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Powerful Protection

The T Security Wall from Highland, Mich.-based Advance Concrete Products Co. affords robust perimeter protection for the United States’ first fully digital, plug-and-play, transmission-voltage substation. One Energy Enterprises Inc. built the facility at its Findlay, Ohio headquarters as a proof of concept for a new digital station architecture. Along with physical security attributable to precast concrete elements, the substation is…

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Eco Material sees 600K tpy of fly ash from second Georgia Power harvest contract

Sources: Eco Material Technologies, South Jordan, Utah; CP staff Eco Material Technologies will add up to 600,000 tons to its annual concrete-grade fly ash shipments with construction of a facility for processing and beneficiating coal combustion material impounded at Georgia Power’s Plant Branch, a Putnam County, Ga. generating station the Atlanta-based utility retired in 2015. Using its ES EcoSystem Efficient…

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Survey confirms precast concrete’s perpetual strengths, economic impact

U.S. precast concrete producers accounted for more than $25.8 billion in revenue and $5.1 billion in worker wages in 2022, employing approximately 102,000 individuals at 2,700-plus plants, a new National Precast Concrete Association report finds. Behind topline and payroll trajectories, authors track producers’ 6.9 percent growth rate from 2018 to 2022, a trendline ahead of similar construction value chain providers. …

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Producers prepare to roll out welcome mats for PCI Precast Days

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute members will spotlight their corner of construction during 2023 PCI Precast Days, opening their operations to neighbors, students, and local officials. The October 9-20 event will enjoy an impressive stage: PCI’s 154 producer members reported more than $7 billion in sales from 258 Institute-certified plants specializing in architectural or structural…

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A critical conduit for ocean wave energy

Dallas-based engineering giant Jacobs has completed work for infrastructure underpinning Oregon State University’s ocean wave energy testing facility in Seal Rock, Ore. The first commercial-scale U.S. installation of its kind, PacWave South allows up to 20 wave energy converters of various designs to be tested in real-world conditions seven miles off the coast. The project includes four steel conduits up…

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Port Authority mix design approvals hinge on carbon emissions cap

Concrete schedules for the vast Port Authority of New York and New Jersey infrastructure and building portfolio will soon reflect maximum carbon dioxide emissions limits—equivalent to a 25 percent or greater reduction in portland cement content—plus portland-limestone cement and ground glass pozzolans allowances. The new CO2 threshold and conditional binder specifications are the latest measures in a three-year old program…

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Labor Department schedules Davis-Bacon prevailing wage sessions

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor The Labor Department Wage and Hour Division will offer online seminars for contracting agencies, contractors, unions, workers and other project stakeholders on the requirements for paying prevailing wages on federally funded construction. Part of the division’s effort to increase awareness and improve compliance, the seminars will include recorded training videos on a variety of Davis-Bacon…

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Concrete Pipe group sums up new brand: Water + Resilience + Strength

Sources: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas; CP staff The American Concrete Pipe Association has effected a major brand update with the unveiling of a new signature intended to be more modern, scalable, and representative of the products or markets the group represents and serves. Underscoring the effort are a new ACPA logo presented as the sum of Water +…

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