• Titan America's CEO Announces Plans to Retire

    Titan Group announced that after 20 years at the helm of Titan America, Aris Papadopoulos will be retiring from the position of CEO, effective August 1, 2014.

     
  • EPD Development Service for Concrete Mixtures

    The Admixture Systems business of BASF’s Construction Chemicals division today announces the launch of a third-party critically reviewed Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Manager tool for concrete. This tool enables BASF to create customer specific EPDs for concrete to help communicate the...

     
  • Position Statement on Floor Flatness Tolerances

    Three additional national associations, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, the Tile Contractors Association of America, and the International Masonry Institute, have endorsed a Position Statement on floor flatness tolerances written by the American Society of Concrete...

     
  • Mack Trucks Names Layman VP, Business Development

    Mack Trucks named Brian Layman its new vice president of Business Development. In this newly created role, Layman will be responsible for product segmentation, development and management of sales programs, dealer measurements and new truck sales pricing and quoting activities for truck sales in...

     
  • LSZ Auxiliary Steerable Lift Axle Suspension System

    SAF-HOLLAND has introduced its 13.5k capacity, NEWAY LSZ Auxiliary Steerable Lift Axle Suspension System. With a 17.5-inch package size, the LSZ's revolutionary design is more than 4 inches shorter than comparable lift axles. This rugged, yet compact, design offers customers application versatility...

     
  • CEMEX Completes Wind Farm Financing

    CEMEX announced last week that it has successfully completed the financing of Ventika, a project comprising the construction of two 126 MW wind farms each, for a total nominal capacity of 252 MW to be located in General Bravo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

     
  • High Concrete is Producing Precast Concrete Components for New Parking Structure in Philadelphia

    Precast manufacturer High Concrete Group of Lancaster County Pa., is producing precast concrete components for a new parking structure in Philadelphia Pa.

     
  • IBISWorld Intros New Commercial Concrete Pipes Procurement Report

    Business intelligence firm IBISWorld has added a report on the procurement of commercial concrete pipes to its growing collection of procurement category market research reports.

     
  • Reducing Workers' Comp Claims

    A new survey released by Aflac Insurance, found that 42 percent of companies providing access to voluntary accident and disability insurance reported declines in their workers' compensation claims.

     
  • Choose Hand Safety

    Developed with the Masonry Research to Practice Partnership, this web site includes safety information tailored for the trowel trades, but there's information anyone can use — how to select hand tools and gloves, and training materials on how to identify hazards and protect your hands.

     
  • World’s Largest Cement Companies Merge, Creating Carbon Behemoth

    Concrete is the most consumed substance on Earth after water. It is also a major contributor to climate change.

     
  • Eaton Enhances its Authorized Rebuilder Program

    Eaton announced recently that it has added several new transmission model families to its Eaton Authorized Rebuilder program and extended the warranty period for covered transmissions. The program now gives fleets and independent drivers additional options to purchase locally rebuilt transmissions...

     
  • Lafarge and Holcim to Merge

    Lafarge and Holcim, already two of the largest cement producers in the world, will merge to create LafargeHolcim, both companies said April 7.

     
  • Bindicator Adds InvisiLink Wireless Radio

    Bindicator announced the addition of the InvisiLink Wireless Radio to the product offering. Having a wireless solution allows users to eliminate hard wiring and conduit between units, which allows for significant cost savings during installation and maintenance of equipment.

     
  • Basalite Brings Green Concrete Masonry to the Emerald City

    Basalite announced expansion of its green concrete masonry offerings by installing CarbonCure's technology in its Dupont, Wash., plant.

     
  • Advancements in Wind Turbine Technology: Improving Efficiency and Reducing Cost

    More powerful, efficient and affordable turbines are helping to dramatically increase wind power capacity.

     
  • Protecting Streams and Wetlands

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses...

     
  • Peterbilt Adds New Options for Vocational Model 567

    The Model 567 is now more versatile than ever with several new product enhancements, including expanded PTO functionality when paired with the PACCAR MX-13 Engine, Peterbilt Motors Company announced during the Mid-America Trucking Show.

     
  • Managing Business Cards - Update

    Reader suggestions on how to organize paper business cards

     
  • New Tools Assist in Designing for Sustainability

    Life-cycle assessment (LCA) is moving into the mainstream as designers look for ways to better assess the sustainability of their design choices and make fair comparisons between materials or systems.

     
  • Digitally Fabricated Concrete: The future of manufacturing is already here

    The idea of linking a robotic armature to a large gantry to essentially 3D print with concrete is being explored by several different teams around the world.

     
  • Moving Forward

    But now might be the time for producers to reconsider ACI committee membership. There’s a new feel to ACI and it’s more than the new colorful logo unveiled in the World of Concrete’s Gold Lot.

     
  • CalCIMA Earns Achievement Award

    The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has presented its Distinguished Achievement Award to the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA).  The award was presented at the ACI Spring 2014 Convention in Reno, Nevada, March 23.

     
  • NRMCA Honors Leaders at Convention

    The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association presented the several awards during its annual convention held earlier this month in Las Vegas, just before the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Show.

     
  • Leasing, Financing Confidence Surges

    Confidence in the equipment finance market is 65.1, the highest index in two years and an increase from the February index of 63.3.  The first quarter MCI levels are the three highest since April 2011.

     
  • Concrete Sustainability Conference

    NRMCA's Concrete Sustainability Conference and MIT Sustainability Hub Showcase will take place in Boston, May 12-15. You can learn what this industry is doing to contribute to sustainable design and construction around the world.

     
  • Nominations for PCI Titans

    The PCI Board of Directors has announced the continuation of the Titan Program with the intent of honoring up to ten more individuals in 2014 at PCI’s 60th anniversary, and up to fifteen more in 2029 at PCI’s 75th anniversary. Nominations for the 2014 Titan award are now open.

     
  • Reducing Precast's Environmental Footprint

    Lafarge has signed a partnership agreement with the US start-up Solidia  Technologies® to industrialize an innovative technology that could reduce the  environmental footprint of pre-cast concrete.

     
  • U.S. Concrete Acquires Texas Assets

    U.S. Concrete, Inc. announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Ingram Concrete, LLC, has acquired the ready-mix assets of T&S Ventures, LLC, headquartered in Sweetwater, Texas.

     
  • U.S. Concrete Acquires Ready-Mix Assets In West Texas

    U.S. Concrete, Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Ingram Concrete, LLC, has acquired the ready-mix assets of T&S Ventures, LLC,headquartered in Sweetwater, Texas.

     
  • Wheeled Jaw Crusher

    IROCK Crushers' new WJC-2844 Wheeled Jaw Crusher processes hard rock, recycled concrete, slag, sand and gravel.

     
  • Dust Collection Manual Just Published

    Scientific Dust Collectors has published its second edition publication on dust collection titled “A Scientific Review of Dust Collection – Second Edition.” Free copies are available.

     
  • Webinar: Fabricating, Installing a Jointed Precast Concrete Pavement Project

    The fourth installment of our five-part series on jointed precast concrete pavements, presented by The National Precast Concrete Association and the American Concrete Pavement Association, examines aspects of fabricating jointed precast concrete panels, as well as installing them for pavement...

     
  • EcoFit Urea Tanks and Lines

    Cummins Emission Solutions' EcoFit urea portfolio includes a wide range of urea tanks featuring intelligence for monitoring and maintaining urea quality, level and temperature, as well as a variety of urea lines designed to meet installation needs for many applications and engine platforms.

     
  • Vulcan Materials Completes Sale Of Florida Cement And Concrete Assets

    The previously announced sale of Vulcan Materials to Cementos Argos is officially completed, for gross cash proceeds of $720 million.

     
  • Construction Spending Still Frozen in January

    Nonresidential construction spending declined for the second consecutive month, falling 0.3 percent in January, but it's up 6.5 percent over the past year, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

     
  • A Backpack Full of Innovation

    Our industry is blessed with great manufacturers and suppliers. Even with the depressed business climate, research and development has continued. And it has been at breakneck speed. Their hard work is now my hard work. Over the next few weeks I will be posting hundreds of new products, materials...

     
  • Redi-Mix Earns 2014 Concrete Cares Award From the NRMCA

    Redi-Mix, LLC, a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc., has announced it was awarded the 2014 Concrete Cares Award from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association in recognition of its longstanding commitment to giving back to its community and, specifically for this past year, for its work on...

     
  • CNG Engine Powers Great Lakes Mixer

    Terex CNG trucks feature an integrated design approach, and the CNG engines are available for the entire line of standard and federal bridge formula front discharge mixers – from three to seven axles.

     
  • bauma In 3 Minutes

    Three minutes that will increase your heart rate, gigantic and breathtaking: That’s bauma—and this new bauma video does a spectacular job of capturing the excitement at the world's largest construction exhibition.and share the fascination of bauma. Together we will get yourheart beating faster...

     
  • Technology for Freeze-thaw Durability Eliminates Air-entrained Concrete

    Patent-pending, microsphere-based admixture and point-of-use manufacturing system developed to help concrete professionals overcome the challenges traditionally associated with the variability and uncertainty of producing air-entrained concrete.

     
  • Forty CNG-Powered McNeilus Bridgemaster Mixers Sold to Argos USA

    McNeilus Companies, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, has sold 40 McNeilus Bridgemaster ready-mix trucks to Argos USA based in Houston, Texas. The vehicles feature McNeilus’ industry-leading next generation (NGEN) compressed natural gas (CNG) configuration that is engineered and...

     
  • Mack Trucks Unveils a Bold New Brand Identity

    Mack Trucks unveiled a bold new brand identity sending a strong message about the significant changes in its organization, products and customer support solutions.

     
  • AltusGroup joins PCI

    AltusGroup, a network of 16 North American precast concrete manufacturers, has joined the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) as a Supplier Associate Company.

     
  • Texas-Based NRMCA Producer Member Earns 2014 Concrete Cares Award

    The Manufacturers, Products & Services Division of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has awarded the 2014 Concrete Cares Award to Redi-Mix Concrete, a U.S. Concrete Company, in recognition of its longstanding commitment to giving back to its community and, specifically for this past...

     
  • Touch Screen Enhances Silo Weight Display

    Scale-Tron has introduced a new touch screen display for its SiloWeigh silo and admix tank inventory system.  With two sizes of touch screen, the 4” can display up to 4, and the 7” up to 16 vessels, showing the levels of the contents as bar graphs plus digital displays of weight in tons or volume...

     
  • 2014 Most Innovative Products Award Winners Announced

    The votes are in and winners selected for the “2014 Most Innovative Products (MIP) Award” program.

     
  • Construction Assumes Growing Role in Producer Prices

    The federal government has revamped a key price indicator to include construction costs for the first time. The changes make contractors’ contributions to accurate price information even more important.

     
  • Drive Green with Sustainable Technologies Showcasing at 2014 Work Truck Show

    Attendees at The Work Truck Show 2014 will have an opportunity to test drive more than 20 different sustainable technology vehicles during the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive.

     
  • Excavators, skid-steers, and more

    John Deere will exhibit 35 machines and 15 product simulators.

     
  • Newest equipment, technology

    Western Star will unveil its newest breakthroughs in construction vehicles and equipment.

     
  • Platform for easy account retrieval

    No more limits to where and when your customers can request orders or retrieve account information.

     
  • Work tools, Tier 4 engines, and more

    Caterpillar will have on display its wide lineup of machines, technology, and services.

     
  • Wide array of mixers

    McNeilus displays six new ready-mix trucks at the show.

     
  • Vehicles Meet Rigorous Demands

    Mack Trucks will display 10 vehicles built to meet the rigorous demands of construction.

     
  • Self-erecting batch plant

    Self-erecting and self-leveling batch plant doesn't require a crane during installation.

     
  • Smooth maneuverability

    Maximize the use of inside and outside space with this mobile gantry crane.

     
  • Portable power

    New generator is ideal for a host of commercial and residential applications.

     
  • Magnetic Oil Filtration

    FilterMags non-invasively extract wear-causing particles from oil and hydraulic fluids without interfering with the flow.

     
  • Recognizing the Science Around Coal Ash, Finally

    These positive indications come at an important time for our industry. Fly ash use in concrete was at its lowest level in 2013, for many decades. Coal power plant operators, uncertain of the EPA’s final ruling, weren’t interested in investing in fly ash beneficiating  operations. And some...

     
  • Mood is Optimistic at The Precast Show 2014 in Houston

    Nearly 3,000 precast industry manufacturers and suppliers experienced a trade show floor that buzzed with optimism that the steep recession in construction was over and better times were ahead.

     
  • NPCA and PCI Form Strategic Partnership

    The National Precast Concrete Association and the Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute have initiated a strategic partnership that will reduce duplication and increase collaboration in several program areas. The initial areas of collaboration for the two organizations are plant certification and...

     
  • Euclid Chemical Earns Two Sustainability Awards

    The Euclid Chemical Company earned two Sustainability Awards from the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA). The awards recognize excellence in sustainable products, practices and operation

     
  • John Deere Wants Your Photos for CONEXPO-CON/AGG

    John Deere is asking customers to visit JohnDeere.com/SeeYourself, share what they are doing with John Deere and upload an image of themselves, their co-workers, or even their job sites.

     
  • NRMCA Signs On to International Responsible Sourcing Program

    The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) has signed an agreement with several cement and concrete groups from around the world to develop an international responsible sourcing certification program for concrete.

     
  • Jean-Claude Roumain Innovation in Concrete Award Nominations Sought

    The ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council (SDC), a council of the ACI Foundation, is currently seeking nominations for its Jean-Claude Roumain Innovation in Concrete Award.

     
  • CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014

    More than 100,000 people representing concrete producers, contractors, dealers, distributors, and more will descend on Las Vegas March 4-8 for CONEXPO-CON/AGG.

     
  • Pump Power

    Concrete boom pumps increase productivity and reduce labor at the jobsite. Producers should be involved in positioning these devices to maintain safety and productivity.

     
  • Respecting the Dispatcher

    Here's some expert advice you might want to give to your customers that will help your dispatch department in the long run.

     
  • Molalla Redi-Mix & Rock Products Inc., Molalla, Ore.

    Molalla Redi-Mix & Rock Products is a small family-owned producer that knows the value of its employees.

     
  • Smaller is Much Better

    New admixture will significantly minimize the potential for drying shrinkage cracking to such an extent that cracks may not form.

     
  • Regional, Recycled Credits Combined in LEED v4

    There are two options for the Sourcing of Raw Materials credit: raw material source and extraction reporting, and leadership extraction practices.

     
  • Staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for maintaining a safe environment for temporary workers.

    Protecting Temporary Workers: Whose Responsibility is It?

    OSHA recently launched an initiative to protect temporary workers from jobsite hazards. Here is what concrete producers need to know.

     
  • Three Ways to Manage Fuel Costs

    Buying fuel at the lowest possible price is difficult in volatile fuel markets that can swing 10 cents or more in a day. Here is advice so you can have control over these large outlays.

     
  • A Jump In Growth

    The economy grew at its fastest pace in two years in 2013. Now, with all parts of the economy near or back to their pre-recession highs, we can expect a robust 2014.

     
  • Converting to Concrete Parking Lots

    Silvi Concrete convinced the owner of a freight company in New Jersey to install a concrete parking lot instead of asphalt. It resulted in 8,000 cubic yards of business for the producer.

     
  • Western Star 4700 Now Available with Allison 4700 RDS Transmission

    Western Star Trucks, Inc. today announced that the Allison 4700 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) series automatic transmission is now available for the Western Star® 4700.

     
  • Cemex Reports Improved 2013 earnings

    CEMEX announced on Feb. 6, 2014, that consolidated net sales increased by 4% during the fourth quarter of 2013 to approximately U.S.$3.9 billion and increased by 2% for the full year to U.S.$15.2 billion versus the comparable periods in 2012.

     
  • Two New Radial OTR Tires Debut

    Yokohama Tire Corporation is unveiling two new off-the-road (OTR) radial tires at the upcoming ConExpo trade show: the RL45™ and RL51™.  The tires will be on display in Yokohama booth #30412 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, March 4-8.

     
  • The Future of Resilient Home Building

    There is growing awareness of the need for safer structures.

     
  • Brochure on Plastic and Concrete Spacers

    Spillman Company has just published a new six-page brochure on Plastic & Concrete Spacers that features its complete Plasclip line of rebar and mesh spacers, including new offerings.

     
  • Fleet Sentiment Report Shows Positive Signs for Q1 2014

    Sixty-two percent of the fleet executives responding to the Q1 2014 Fleet Sentiment survey conducted by CK Commercial Vehicle Research in January indicated they planned to place orders for Class 8 trucks in the next three months.  Forty-eight percent indicated they planned to place trailer orders. ...

     
  • Should we Restart the CHBC?

    There is strong market segment growth for concrete home building as resilient construction gets more attention.

     
  • Remote-Monitoring Security Camera

    Eye Trax’s remote-monitoring security cameras incorporate solar technology with cellular communication, enabling customers to monitor remote construction sites or equipment yards anywhere cellular service is available without the costly expense of trying to provide power and an internet connection...

     
  • Redefining Wastewater Filtration

    The ALAR Auto-Vac® C-Series filter has redefined wastewater filtration in the concrete industry. It is the only self-cleaning filter (non-clogging) on the market that filters cement fines and pigment color out of concrete process (gray) water, yielding clear recyclable water and dry manageable...

     
  • Air Lift Expands Suspension Solutions Lineup for Half-Ton Pickups

    Air Lift's newest kits for half-ton trucks are part of its LoadLifter 5000(tm) series kit line,which works with the vehicle's  existing suspension, delivering up to5,000 pounds of load leveling capacity, eliminating sway and squat, andincreasing safety and comfort when towing or hauling heavy loads.

     
  • Coal Ash Association Applauds EPA Deadline for Finalizing Regulations

    In a Consent Decree signed by all of the parties to a federal lawsuit that sought to compel a deadline for EPA, the Agency agreed to a December 19, 2014, deadline and continued to signal that its final regulation would be promulgated under the “non-hazardous” Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation...

     
  • Smaller Is Much Better

    This special class of shrinkage- reducing admixture uses a patent-pending technology to limits initial crack width in high-performance, crack-prone (HPCP) concrete mixtures. In lab tests, concrete mixtures were tested in accordance with ASTM C1581 test method created crack widths of at about 175mm...

     
  • City of Easton’s City Hall and Transportation Center to Feature Precast

    The primary material for the entire complex is precast concrete.  The concrete panels are textured using irregular striations to resemble the effect of a river cutting through a canyon.  “We chose concrete because this material, too, has come full circle and is expressive of our architectural...

     
  • #WOC2014 Talk: The Final Word

    All the best pics and tweets from The World of Concrete expo, Las Vegas.

     
  • Scheuerle Trailer Produced in U.S.

    The first American SCHEUERLE HighwayTrailer has been produced at the Precision Fabricating & Cleaning Co., Inc. facility in Cocoa, Florida. It will be unveiled at the CONEXPO fair in Las Vegas in March. "With the HighwayTrailer, we offer a German product which has been adapted for the American...

     
  • Lafarge Canada Inc. Acquires Ready-mix Plants from James Dick Construction Ltd.

    Lafarge Canada Inc., Canada's largest provider of solutions to the construction and development industry, today announced it has completed the acquisition of eight ready-mix manufacturing plants from James Dick Construction Limited.

     
  • Hanson Launches Traveling Educational Exhibit for C-303 Pipe

    Hanson Pressure Pipe has taken its education outreach on the road, with a demonstration trailer designed to provide public works managers, engineers, and contractors with a closer look at C-303 bar-wrapped concrete cylinder pipe.

     
  • Vulcan Materials Announces The Sale Of Florida Cement and Concrete Assets

    Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC), the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Company's cement and concrete businesses in the Florida area to Cementos Argos for gross cash proceeds of $720 million.

     
  • Speakers Selected for 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference

    Speakers have been selected for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 9th annual International Concrete Sustainability Conference to be held May 12-14 just outside Boston in Cambridge, MA.

     
  • Change of leadership in LANXESS Board of Management

    The Supervisory Board of LANXESS AG has resolved at its meeting today to end, by mutual agreement, the appointment of Axel C. Heitmann as Member and Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG, effective the end of February 28, 2014.

     
  • #WOC2014 Talk: Day Three

    All the best pics and tweets from The World of Concrete Expo, Las Vegas.

     
  • The 'Ripple Effect' of a Minimum Wage Increase on American Workers

    In this month's Hamilton Project employment analysis, Melissa Kearney and Ben Harris consider the "ripple effects" of a minimum wage increase on near-minimum wage workers, finding that an increase could raise the wages of up to 35 million workers-roughly one-third of the American workforce.

     
  • Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends

    With more than $1.5 trillion in capital goods or fixed business investment forecast this year, these trends from the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association have big implications for businesses and the U.S. economy.

     
  • #WOC2014 Talk: Day Two