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Exuberant ConExpo-Con/Agg unearths depth of pent-up plant, fleet equipment needs

Sources: CP staff; Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee

Concrete plant equipment manufacturers, mixer truck body builders and fellow exhibitors enjoyed solid booth traffic, quote inquiries and order activity at the 2017 ConExpo-Con/Agg, some telling Concrete Products the March 7-11 event was the best such show to date. Confidence in the business climate and prospects for stepped up infrastructure investment, fueled by President Donald Trump, permeated the Las Vegas Convention Center gathering, which encompassed the flagship show and co-located IFPE 2017.

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Foundation end use determines state’s taxing of ready mixed and rebar

Source: Ryan LLC, Dallas

Missouri provides contrasting outcomes regarding the application of sales tax to purchases of concrete for foundations. The Missouri Department of Revenue’s mid-February Letter Ruling 7780 concludes that a taxpayer's purchase of ready mixed and rebar used to construct wind turbine tower foundations qualifies for the sales tax exemption covering machinery and equipment used in manufacturing.

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Trump campaign manager captivates NRMCA-NSSGA session attendees

Source: CP staff

Corey Lewandowski, who spearheaded much of the first year of Donald Trump’s 17-month White House campaign, stressed the new administration’s commitment to economic growth and job creation during a keynote address to a joint National Ready Mixed Concrete Association–National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association session in Las Vegas. 

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CRH plows $530M into Mulzer, companion North American deals from European asset sales

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

The parent of Atlanta-based Oldcastle Materials Inc. has closed on seven deals year to date, led by the acquisition of one of the largest privately held U.S. aggregates producers: Tell City, Ind.-based Mulzer Crushed Stone Inc., spanning six quarries, five sand & gravel operations, 14 materials yards, plus four ready mixed concrete and three asphalt plants serving Ohio River and Kanawha River valley markets in Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia.

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Emissions Reduction challenge funds Solidia, CarbonCure expansion

Sources: Solidia Technologies, Piscataway, N.J.; CarbonCure Technologies, Halifax, N.S.; CP staff

Two leading developers of carbon dioxide-based processes for concrete production, curing and portland cement substitution or optimization are among four entities advancing to Innovative Carbon Use, round two of Emissions Reduction Alberta’s (ERA) $35 million international ERA Grand Challenge.

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