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Cement producers affirm capacity for increased infrastructure activity

U.S. cement manufacturers have ample production capacity to meet demand from infrastructure revitalization efforts the Trump Administration and Congress are contemplating, a Portland Cement Association analysis finds. The industry is operating at roughly 79 percent of capacity, estimated at 108 million metric tons per year; coupled with terminal storage and transfer capabilities, PCA estimates, it is capable of supplying more than 150 million metric tons annually.

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Multiemployer Pension law frees union to cut benefits, avert fund insolvency

The U.S. Treasury Department has certified the results of an election in which Iron Workers Local 17 (Cleveland) Pension Fund participants have approved benefit cuts now to avoid a projected fund insolvency in 2024. Votes were cast 2 to 1 in favor of approving a plan that calls for accrued benefit reduction plus elimination of early retirement subsidies and extra benefit credits.

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FHWA DATA: BRIDGES ARE GETTING BETTER

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Agency, federation name inaugural Green Infrastructure certifications

DC Water and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) named the first group of individuals completing the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program exam. The NGICP is designed to verify that the 62 certified individuals have successfully demonstrated competency in the foundational knowledge, concepts, and terminology required to perform tasks related to green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection and maintenance.

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Tech think tank: ‘Innovation Infrastructure’ investment vs. concrete and steel

A traditional infrastructure plan that invests in roads and bridges could increase employment in the short term, but the Trump administration and new Congress should also focus on the building blocks of innovation, such as research & development and technology-enabled “smart” public works because they can support a more robust economy long term, contends the Information and Technology Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Washington, D.C.

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