Texas attorney spins novel challenge to batch plant expansion

Sources: Office of Harris County (Texas) Attorney Vince Ryan, Houston; CP staff

A recently filed lawsuit to block placement of a second batch plant at the Concrete Pros Ready Mix Inc. site in southeast Houston has Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan testing for the first time the applicability of a Texas public nuisance law—often used to shut down illegal game rooms, massage parlors, smoke shops, and motels that permit prostitution—to construction materials production. 

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Argos USA channels carbon dioxide in cement kiln, ready mixed loop


Atlanta-based Argos USA has anchored a five-member consortium targeting a closed loop model of carbon dioxide capture and recycling in cement and concrete production. In an early-2018 demonstration, the company used CO2 from its Calera, Ala., cement plant in commercial concrete produced at its Glenwood, Ga., batch plant. That Atlanta-area ready mixed operation is among nearly 100 sites, primarily in the U.S., equipped with CarbonCure Technologies CO2 storage and injection devices. The CarbonCure process uses the greenhouse gas to promote cement hydration in high to zero slump concrete.

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Mobley Concrete, Ozinga, IMI pros top 2016 National Mixer Driver Championship

Nashville’s Wild Horse Saloon

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

From a record, 82-contestant field, Chris Harrison of Mobley Concrete Co. in Russellville, Ark., took the NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship in Nashville, staged September 18-19 during the group’s 2016 ConcreteWorks. After placing second in the 2015 competition (San Antonio), Harrison earned a $2,500 cash prize from the NRMCA’s Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau (TMMB) for this year’s first place finish.

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Maryland, Virginia RMCAs host inaugural Concrete Buildings with BIM Workshop

Sources: Vectorworks Inc., Columbia, Md.; CP staff

Maryland Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Virginia Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and American Concrete Institute Maryland Chapter will join global design software developers Vectorworks Inc. and SCIA Inc. for a September 20 workshop suiting architects, engineers, contractors, developers, owners and educators.

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Pipe, ready mixed, pavement groups stage Concrete Day at Colorado Capitol

Sources: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas

Governor John Hickenlooper has proclaimed April 29 as Concrete Day in the state of Colorado, recognizing “the industry as important to further development in our state and the hard work, dedication, and efficiency of its employees … The industry is an important contributor to Colorado’s infrastructure and economy. We look forward to celebrating Concrete Day at the Capitol every year.”

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Kansas, Texas deals bring Summit Materials 12 ready mixed plants

Sources: Summit Materials Inc., Denver; CP staff

Summit Materials has significantly boosted its Kansas ready mixed production capacity, acquiring Concrete Supply of Topeka/Builders Choice Concrete, while also extending its Houston presence by closing on Southwest Ready Mix and Colorado County Sand & Gravel.

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Ozinga mixer amplifies Ice Bucket Challenge for mother & son team

Sources: Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Mokena, Ill.; CP staff

Ozinga RMC driver Joel Alford and his mother Barb, who works in the producer’s central dispatch office near southwest suburban Chicago headquarters, rose to the occasion when nominated to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. A decision to up the ante to a 1,200-gal. load of chilled water from Joel Alford’s rear discharge mixer garnered coverage from local and national news organizations, some stemming from a 90-second YouTube post.

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U.S. Concrete Business Approaches Three-Mile Bridge Schedule

New Tappan Zee Bridge.

Eastern Concrete Materials, Inc., a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc., has begun a contract covering land-supplied ready mixed for the New Tappan Zee Bridge. The $3 billion-plus Hudson River crossing will succeed an obsolete, maintenance-prone structure, dating to the mid-1950s and presently carrying upward of 140,000 metro New York commuters between Rockland and Westchester counties.

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Titan Concrete first East Coast player with EPD for ready mixed

Titan Concrete EPD

Officials at Titan Concrete announced late last year their company is the first ready mixed producer in the state of Florida and second in the United States to produce environmental product declarations (EPDs) using the Product Category Rules (PCR) of the University of Washington/College of the Built Environment-hosted Carbon Leadership Forum.

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