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Sources: HeidelbergCement AG, Germany; CP staff

Completion of a $4 billion merger involving Essroc Cement Corp. and sister Italcementi S.p.A. businesses, improved financials and credit ratings, plus declining energy costs, support especially positive investor guidance for the parent company of Lehigh Hanson, Inc. “2016 was an exceptional year,” affirms HeidelbergCement Chairman Dr. Bernd Scheifele. “With the successful takeover of Italcementi, we have accelerated our growth and are now in an excellent strategic position.”

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshocken, Pa.; CP staff

ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys has approved the inclusion of grades 310, 325, 340 product in A416/A416M, Specification for Low-Relaxation, Seven-Wire Steel Strand for Prestressed Concrete, representing a 15- to 25-percent increase in minimum tensile strength from existing grades. A new annex in the standard will reference the three grades.

Sources: Oldcastle Precast Inc., Atlanta; CP staff

Oldcastle Precast’s Fontana, Calif., operation is set to close by month’s end the Interstate 210/Foothill Freeway Pavement and Slab Replacement Project precast schedule. Over an April 2016–March 2017 window, the producer is fabricating 6,500 precast slabs, 12.5-ft. wide x 11.33-ft. long to replace 9.7 miles of deteriorated, mainline pavement north of Los Angeles.

Sources: Salt River Materials Group, Scottsdale, Ariz.; CP staff

Salt Lake City-based Deseret Power Electric Cooperative, a vertically integrated, non‐profit corporation owned by six rural utility members, has awarded Salt River Materials Group (SRMG) the fly ash marketing agreement for its Bonanza Power Plant, south of Vernal, Utah. Effective this month, the long-term contract provides SRMG with exclusive rights to the station’s ASTM C‐618 Class F product.

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

LafargeHolcim will scale up access to innovative construction solutions through entrepreneur collaboration at the new Start-Up Accelerator facility in Lyon, France. Rising adjacent to the producer’s global Research & Development Center, it will enable young companies to test and market their solutions in construction and urban planning.