CarbonBuilt shoulders Habitat for Humanity home, builds out C-suite

BY DON MARSH Los Angeles-based CarbonBuilt, developer of a carbon dioxide utilization method proven in manufactured concrete, joined Cemex USA, the National Concrete Masonry Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Alabama Concrete Industries Association in the late-2021 dedication of a Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa (Ala.) home. Crews built the clay brick veneer-clad, single-story residence with concrete block from a…

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ICPI, NCMA merger set for mid-2022 following membership vote

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and National Concrete Masonry Association members have approved a unification plan for their organizations. ICPI members voted 81 percent and NCMA members 97 percent in favor of a plan that has been the subject of formal discussions for more than two years. 

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Balancing Act

A visit with 2021 NCMA Chairman Rocky Jenkins BY DON MARSH Rocky Jenkins’ career in manufactured concrete products was launched from a management trainee program in the house that Florida legend M.E. “Doc” Rinker built. That experience will serve Jenkins as the 2021 National Concrete Masonry Association Chairman. 

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MANUFACTURERS – DECEMBER 2020

St. Louis-based manufactured-concrete plant equipment leader Afinitas has promoted two team members to leadership roles in the Forming Systems Division, encompassing the New Hampton Metal Fabrication, New Hampton, Iowa, and Spillman Co., Columbus, Ohio businesses. Columbus General Manager Matt Karnes will serve as the division’s director of Engineering, overseeing both brands’ systems, processes, engineering design, and new technology. He joined…

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MANUFACTURERS – JANUARY 2019

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Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, S.A.B. de C.V. reports ramp up of a 440,000-metric-ton capacity expansion of its Rapid City, S.D., cement plant. Work at the Dacotah mill began in 2016, with a total investment of just over $100 million. The expansion increases the plant’s production capacity to 1,167,000 mt and is expected to reduce variable production costs. Tie-in of the new facilities was completed in late November, while production—suspended during that phase—has resumed and the new facilities are in the stabilization process.

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NCMA launches segmental retaining wall survey

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

Columbus, Ohio-based market researcher Industry Insights is conducting the 2017 Segmental Retaining Wall Sales Survey, geared to tracking the growth and trajectory of product in residential, commercial and department of transportation applications, including fences and seat walls.

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NCMA/ICPI Safety Award entry deadline nears

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

The 2015 National Concrete Masonry Association/Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute Safety Awards Program call for entries runs through April 15. It is open to producer and associate member facilities with production or manufacturing personnel as reported on Occupational Safety and Health Administration 300A logs or Canadian agency equivalents.

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Sound-construction proponents salute Safe Building, FEMA Reform Acts

Source: BuildStrong Coalition, Washington, D.C.

The National Concrete Masonry Association – and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-backed BuildStrong Coalition has endorsed the Safe Building Code Incentive Act (H.R. 1748), providing additional disaster relief assistance to states that adopt and enforce strong code measures. Uniform, statewide adoption and enforcement of model building codes helps to eliminate long-term risks affecting people, property, the environment and ultimately the economy, the Coalition contends.

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NCMA launches Concrete Products University Online

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

A Level 1 overview and three courses populate the charter offering of NCMA’s on-demand portal for materials, construction and systems education: Concrete Products University Online (CPU Online), which went live during the group’s 2015 convention in San Antonio.

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