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Vulcan maps eight divisions into four regions

The Vulcan Materials Co. board has approved a new structure for its aggregate, concrete, cement and asphalt operations, eliminating approximately 200 administrative positions and leaving plant staff largely unaffected. Management streamlining was in the works prior to the stock-for-stock merger Martin Marietta Materials proposed last month to Vulcan Materials shareholders.

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False FHWA claims land QC director home detention, steep restitution

A former director of Quality Control and Quality Assurance at Frederick Precast Concrete Inc. was sentenced to one year of home detention and ordered to pay $131,410 in restitution, settling pre-trial motions with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore.

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Axim deal expands Sika footprint

Swiss construction chemicals giant Sika AG has added the Axim brand of concrete admixtures and cement grinding aids, closing a mid-December deal with Italcementi Group.

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Precast industry survey results: Steady volume, pricing pressure

The National Precast Concrete Association’s annual producer-member survey finds the industry contracted slightly between 2009 and 2010, from $19.5 billion to $19.3 billion in shipments, although resale items brought each year to about $21.4 billion total.

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Three miles of pipe assure ‘Broad Betterment’

The Oldcastle Precast Croydon plant near Philadelphia is shipping upward of 15,000 ft. of reinforced concrete drainage pipe and 62 precast fittings for the “Broad Street Betterment Program” along Route 93 in Hazelton, Pa. Pipe of 12- to 27-in. diameter is being placed alongside underground businesses, dating to the late 19th century but since covered up by Broad St. Fifteen vault-like stores will be opened up, supported from below, and then filled to bear sidewalk and curb/roadway traffic.

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