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Paver contractors log strong project sales despite labor shortages

Sources: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.; CP staff

Gross sales for concrete paver contractors in the United States and Canada increased by 7.7 percent during 2017, while four of every five contractors cite difficulty in recruiting and hiring quality employees, according to a new Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute survey. 

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Feds delineate cement mason vs. landscaper labor in back wages case

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; CP staff

Following a Labor Department Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Sterling Heights, Mich.-based Metropolitan Concrete Corp. will pay $73,647 in back wages to 15 employees working under the H-2B non-immigrant visa program, which provides for the admission of non-immigrants to the U.S. to perform temporary non-agricultural labor or services.

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ASTM Committees C01, C07, C12, C15 to host masonry innovation workshop

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

ASTM International Committees on Cement (C01), Lime and Limestone (C07), Mortar and Grouts for Unit Masonry (C12), and Manufactured Masonry Units (C15) are cosponsoring the Workshop: Innovations in Collaborative Research, Development and Applications, June 26 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

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Pumping giant Brundage-Bone gains mountain, desert turf in O’Brien deal

Sources: Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping Inc., Denver; CP staff

Concrete pumping contractor Brundage-Bone has broadened its Rockies and Southwest market presence with the acquisition of O’Brien Concrete Pumping Inc., serving Colorado and Arizona residential and commercial customers with a fleet upwards of 70 machines. 

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New ASTM standard links building performance, community resilience

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

The forthcoming ASTM E3130, Developing Cost-Effective Community Resilience Strategies will inform authorities on ways to respond, withstand, and recover from a range of potential catastrophes, such as natural hazards, utility outages, and human-caused disruptions. The standard provides an economic framework to evaluate investment strategies, along with a seven-step approach to help communities formulate resilience plans.

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