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FRP Symposium, Sustainability Forum milestone highlight ACI fall convention

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

ACI is projecting attendance of 2,000-plus engineers, architects, contractors, educators, manufacturers, and material producers from around the world for the Concrete Convention and Exposition, October 15-19 in Anaheim, Calif.

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Feds set September deadline for employers to adopt new Form I-9

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office has revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to be used no later than September 18, 2017, and has directed to employers to continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form 1-9. The revised form contains new nomenclature, an expanded List of Acceptable Documents for identification and birth records, plus user-friendly, drop-down menu options for employers completing the form online. E-verify users will be able to select one of those options, linking to Form FS-240, when creating a case for an employee who has presented the document for Form I-9. The agency details the changes in a revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274), posted here.

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Economist: Construction equipment sales bode well for nonresidential market

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Weighing new Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) data, ABC reports that nonresidential fixed investment—a gross domestic product category embodying nonresidential construction activity—expanded at a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.2 percent in the second quarter, following a 7.2 percent jump in Q1. The expansion contributed more than 0.6 percentage point to GDP growth, due in large measure to increased construction equipment investment. The other two nonresidential fixed investment components—structures and intellectual property—also expanded, but at a slower pace.

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OSHA gives crane stakeholders another year for operator certification

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

As industry observers hoped and anticipated, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has moved its crane operator certification deadline back a full year from a November 10, 2017 target. The compliance extension follows the agency’s early-July announcement that it would exempt operators of monorail hoists—also known as A frames and typically deployed in precast concrete delivery—from the crane operator certification rule.

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Noise control specialist acquires SoundBlox masonry proprietor Proudfoot

Source: Sound Seal, Agawam, Mass.

Sound Seal, a leader in acoustical and noise control products for industrial, architectural, commercial and construction markets, has acquired Connecticut-based Proudfoot Co., a pioneer in sound-absorbing concrete masonry.

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