IW EPD: Ready mixed producers shrink carbon footprint by one fifth

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff National Ready Mixed Concrete Association producers have lowered their carbon footprint by 21 percent in seven years, according to a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) report and Industry Wide Environmental Product Declaration (IW EPD) published earlier this month. NRMCA has tracked environmental impacts—carbon dioxide emissions, energy and water use, and waste…

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Martin Marietta deal guides CalPortland to production points north

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials Inc., Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff Martin Marietta Materials has entered a definitive agreement to sell CalPortland Co. a group of California assets for $250 million. Redding cement plant and related distribution terminals plus 14 ready mixed concrete sites. Martin Marietta acquired the former Lehigh Hanson West Region properties in 2021 and signaled their likely sale in…

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Wine Country precaster presses concrete tank vs. oak barrel efficacy

A Petaluma, Calif. specialty precaster’s latest innovation sets a new threshold for making wine in concrete tanks. With a capacity of just over 1,000 gallons or 3,800 liters, the Sonoma Cast Stone SuperEgg is more than twice the size of any other such vessel, including the producer’s own top gun, the 476-gal. Egg. The SuperEgg will allow users to produce…

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Titan America loads portland limestone powder to New Jersey terminal

Sources: Titan America, Norfolk, Va. Titan America has begun offering Type IL portland-limestone cement from its Essex Cement storage and distribution facility at the Port of Newark, becoming New Jersey’s charter source of the blended binder. Metro New York-New Jersey customer adoption of lower carbon alternatives to ordinary portland cement (clinker only) stands to drive the terminal’s transition to exclusively…

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Cemex ups portland limestone powder availability in the Southeast

Sources: Cemex USA, Houston; CP staff Cemex USA has increased portland limestone cement (PLC) output at its Brooksville, Fla., and Demopolis, Ala. plants for concrete customers and contractors across the southeastern United States. With finely graded limestone blended at up to 10 percent, PLC or Type IP powder has a lower carbon footprint than ordinary portland cement due to the…

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Manufacturers – February 2022

Maryland-based PERI Formwork Systems Inc. has named three industry veterans to lead enterprise-wide sales efforts as the nation prepares for the first sizable investment in infrastructure construction in decades: Klaus Wyld, senior vice president of Formwork Sales, transitioning from the post of vice president of Sales for the Building South division and interim vice president of Civil; Joe Capozzi, vice…

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Organizations – February 2022

North Carolina-based Concrete & Materials Placement has promoted Chris Dover to regional operations manager in western and central Carolinas and Louisiana markets. Dover has been with CMP since 2008, starting as a high-rise boom and line pump operator, proceeding to a series of management appointments. Along with administrative skills, Dover is also a Putzmeister Boom Inspector and Certified Pump Mechanic,…

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Producers – February 2022

Saint-Gobain, through building products subsidiary CertainTeed LLC, has shipped its first STONEfaçade stone veneer panels from a new Quakertown, Pa. plant to customers in the New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions. The precast concrete cladding can be quickly and easily installed by any siding contractor without any special equipment or masonry skills. Compared to traditional stone, STONEfaçade requires less time…

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Insurance giant Zurich tailors underwriting program to mass timber jobs

A key player in insurance solutions for construction, Zurich North America is expanding coverage offerings to commercial projects using mass timber, a group of engineered wood products touted for resilience and sustainability. The company will offer up $50 million insurance capacity to qualified customers and make Mass Timber Builders Risk available for project-specific coverage or under a Master Builders Risk…

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