Indiana Producer Fined $4 million

Builder's Concrete & Supply of Fishers, Ind., was fined $4 million in an ongoing price fixing scandal. A judge said he wanted to impose a stiff fine without putting the five-plant producer out of business. Federal prosecutors had sought an $11.5 million fine. The government accuses company president Gus “Butch” Nuckols III of hosting fellow schemers at his horse barn, where they discussed fixing concrete prices.

Spancrete Expansion

The Spancrete Group will increase the manufacturing capacity of its structural and architectural product lines thanks to the completion of two building expansions at plants in Valders, Wis., and Crystal Lake, Ill. “Increasing our production capacities results in shorter lead times, which translates to better service and customer satisfaction,” said Bob McCormack, company executive vice president. Visit www.spancrete.com.

Associations in the Mix

ASTM The 2006 ASTM International Katherine and Bryant Mather Scholarship has been awarded to Raissa Ferron, a teaching assistant and Ph.D candidate studying self-consolidating concrete and cementitious materials at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

Papers are invited for a Symposium on Tests for Measuring Concrete's Resistance to Fluid Penetration and Their Use in Practice, sponsored by ASTM Committee C-09 on Concrete and Subcommittee C09.66. The symposium will be held June 24, 2007, in Norfolk, Va., in conjunction with the committee's standard development meetings. Preliminary abstracts are due Sept. 30. Visit www.astm.org.

RMC “Coast in the Eye of the Storm-Hurricane Katrina: August 29, 2005” has been released. This forensic evaluation of building systems and how they are impacted by hurricanes, high winds, storm surge, and flooding was conducted by researchers at Mississippi State University and funded through a partnership between the RMC Research Foundation and the Mississippi Concrete Industries Association. The study is available from the foundation at www.rmc-foundation.org.

PTI The Post-Tensioning Institute has made available the new sixth edition of its “Post-Tensioning Manual.” First published in 1972, the first edition provided the industry standard for design and construction of post-tensioned structures. Last published in 1990, the new edition was extensively revised and expanded to include the growing uses of post-tensioning. Visit www.post-tensioning.org.

TCA The Tilt-Up Concrete Association has added a project database and search function on its Web site. Visitors can browse case study project examples and photographs under various headings. The material is ideal for proposals and sales efforts. Visit www.tilt-up.org.