Commercial Metals adds accelerated concrete bridge delivery technology

Sources: Commercial Metals Co., Dallas; CP staff U.S. concrete reinforcing steel market leader CMC is licensing short span bridge technology from Australia-based InQuik Inc., whose easily transported, modular component system is engineered to reduce on-site labor requirements and yield 100-year service life crossings. The partnership will leverage CMC’s extensive reach, manufacturing capacity, infrastructure expertise and ability to rapidly deploy innovative…

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Carbon Leadership Forum: From college-hosted organization to 501(c)3

Sources: Carbon Leadership Forum, Oakland, Calif.; CP staff One of the charter concrete life cycle assessment and carbon dioxide emissions accounting method catalysts is pursuing 501(c)3 status as it transitions to an independent, California-based organization following 14 years under the University of Washington College of Built Environments. The moves positions the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) “to double down on urgent…

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CRH Ventures’ Roads accelerator application deadline nears for start-ups

Sources: CRH Ventures, Dublin; CP staff The venture capital unit of CRH Plc is accepting applications through March 28 for its latest accelerator program, Roads of the Future. Open to Construction and Climate Technology start-ups poised to advance surface transportation infrastructure, the CRH Ventures program will identify companies that can demonstrate solutions to specific challenges within three distinctive segments: Smart…

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Nucor budgets $860M for 650K-tpy rebar mill in Pacific Northwest

Sources: Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C.; CP staff The Nucor Board of Directors has approved an $860 million outlay to construct a 650,000-tons-per-year rebar micro mill in the Pacific Northwest. Equipped for a full range of concrete rebar sizes and spooling capabilities, the facility will be the producer’s fourth and largest such operation, with approximately 50 percent more capacity than a…

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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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