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Early Trump campaign chief to keynote joint NRMCA, NSSGA session

Sources: National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

Corey Lewandowski, who served as manager for much of Donald Trump’s White House run, will address the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association on March 5 at Las Vegas’ Wynn Encore Hotel, where both groups’ annual conventions will lead into ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017.

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Construction materials stakeholders champion Transportation Secretary Chao

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The U.S. Senate’s January 31 confirmation of Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation, by a 93-6 vote, drew enthusiastic response from the two groups representing concrete producers’ principal suppliers.

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U.S. Green Building Council names leading states for LEED projects

Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

With 136 projects representing 3.73 square feet of certified space per resident, Massachusetts heads the new Top 10 States for LEED, the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual ranking of states showing significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation.

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ACI releases 2017 Manual of Concrete Practice

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, MI

The new ACI Manual of Concrete Practice contains more than 250 documents, and represents the most comprehensive and largest single source of concrete engineering and construction insight available in one set. The Manual contains all of the ACI documents needed to address code requirements, specifications, tolerances, concrete proportions, construction methods, and evaluation of test results—to name a few topics.

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Manufacturing, utility, energy sectors temper 2016 construction start figures

Sources: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York; CP staff

Total 2016 construction starts advanced 1 percent to $676.5 billion, a considerably smaller gain than the 11 percent increase reported for 2015, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. If the volatile manufacturing and electric utility/gas plant categories are excluded, last year’s total construction starts would be up 4 percent, depicting a more gradual deceleration relative to the corresponding 9 percent year-over-year increase in 2015.

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