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U.S. Concrete completes exit from precast production

Sources: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

The U.S. Concrete Precast Group wind down is a done deal with the unloading of a Middleburg, Pa., architectural plant, buyer and sum undisclosed. The move caps a strategy U.S. Concrete effected nearly three years ago with the sale of its northern and southern California precast operations, followed by a Phoenix site—Oldcastle Precast and Jensen Precast, respectively, the suitors in the transactions, totaling about $25 million.

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Federal court upholds legality of NLRB ‘ambush’ election rule

Sources: Littler Mendelson P.C., San Francisco; CP staff

A federal district court has dismissed one of two lawsuits filed earlier this year seeking to invalidate the National Labor Relations Board’s Representation-Case Procedures, dubbed by critics as the “ambush” election rule as it facilitates an accelerated petition-to-election timetable for unions seeking to represent their bargaining unit targets.

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NPCA solicits producer input on OSHA boom truck operator certification

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

A 10-question NPCA survey is aimed at helping address the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s impending crane operator certification rule. Though the rule does not take effect until 2017, NPCA notes potential issues with one of the certification exams because it tests on knowledge of larger cranes that require more complex load chart calculations than the boom models typically used in precast delivery. The association seeks survey participation from U.S. and Canadian members, as boom truck operator certification would apply to producers in the latter country shipping to job sites over the border. The survey can be completed here.

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