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Texas producer, contractor employment cases test disability claims

Sources: CP staff; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, D.C.

Alleging discrimination against employees protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the EEOC has filed suit against Wichita, Texas-based ready mixed producer OK Concrete and settled a case with Baker Concrete Construction, Houston.

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Report tracks moderate growth in fiber cement product demand

Source: The Freedonia Group, Cleveland’; CP staff

Global fiber cement product shipments are projected to expand 4.4 percent per year through 2019, to 32.6 million metric tons, driven especially by growing demand in North America and deeper penetration in building applications, according to a new Freedonia study, World Fiber Cement.

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FMI Index: Nonresidential construction unhampered by labor pinch, rising costs

Sources: FMI, Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff

The nonresidential construction sector continues to grow at a solid pace, reflecting 18 months of improving activity despite rising construction materials and labor costs, along with a slight decline in regional economies where most activity is taking place, according to management consultant FMI’s Nonresidential Construction Index Report (NRCI) for Q2 2015.

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