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Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

The leader in heavy building materials-centered information technology has raised the bar for its annual training and customer gathering, scheduled November 8-9 in New Orleans. ELEVATE 2017 – The Command Alkon Conference will draw concrete, aggregate, cement and asphalt production executives, industry analysts, provocative thought leaders, and technology users to share ideas and strategic approaches aimed at reaching the next level of growth and profitability. Presentations and training sessions will cover best practices, client case studies, and actionable insights streamlining the flow of innovation, talent and resources. 

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials Inc., Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff

Martin Marietta has named James A.J. Nickolas senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective mid-August. He succeeds the retiring Anne Lloyd, who will remain with the producer through September, capping a 12-year term as CFO.

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; Occupational Safety & Health Administration

OSHA has issued a one-year extension, to November 18, 2018, for precast concrete or construction fleets bound by Standard 1926.1427 Operator Qualification and Certification. It requires operators of 2,000-lb. or higher capacity cranes to be 1) Qualified, where they are observed working safety and knowledgably, and have documentation on file; and, 2) Certified by passing written and practical exams administered through Crane Institute Certification, National Center for Construction Education & Research, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators or other accredited body.

Sources: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Geneva; CP staff

A new report from WBCSD’s Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) focuses on technology availability and the need to scale up research and development that can help the cement industry mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. In light of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Paris Agreement’s entry into force, CSI effected an in-depth review of its original papers from 2009, when the sector issued the first ever low-carbon technology roadmap in partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Source: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York

Commercial construction is in high demand across the country and contractors are confident in the industry trajectory, according to the quarterly USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index, which premiered this week and is based on Dodge Data & Analytics research.