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Source: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); CP staff

DOJ recently announced an agreement whereby Energy & Process Corp. (E&P) will pay $4.6 million to resolve a lawsuit alleging the Tucker, Ga., contractor knowingly failed to perform required quality assurance procedures and supplied defective steel reinforcing bars in connection with a Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear waste treatment facility contract.

Sources: German Engineering Federation (VDMA), Frankfurt

German manufacturers of concrete and other building material plants are expecting a broadly based boost this year, carrying momentum from a year-over-year spike most sectors saw at the end of 2016. “This should translate into sales growth over the next few months,” said Sebastian Popp, economic expert on machinery and equipment at Building Material Plants Day, an annual VDMA gathering in Frankfurt for companies serving concrete, dry mortar, aggregate, cement, lime and gypsum producers.

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

EPA is eyeing programs that allow flexibility in individual permits to manage the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals, known as CCR or “coal ash,” and expects that implementation guidance will allow for the safe disposal and continued beneficial use of the material, while enabling states to decide what works best for their environment.

Sources: Boral Ltd., Sydney; CP staff

Boral has consummated a $2.6 billion takeover of South Jordan, Utah-based Headwaters Inc., following clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The deal brings the suitor significant fly ash volume, owing to Headwaters’ leading position in coal combustion residuals processing and marketing; additional light building products offerings; and, a doubling of roofing and manufactured stone market stakes. In the latter product category, it unites the Cultured Stone and Eldorado Stone brands.

Sources: Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis.; CP staff

Oshkosh executives will mark 100 years in business by ringing the New York Stock Exchange closing bell on May 4. Accentuating the day will be a staging of company equipment—from namesake front discharge mixers and McNeilus rear discharge mixers or refuse trucks to Pierce fire apparatus and JLG aerial work platforms—outside the NYSE in lower Manhattan.