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Cat, NSSGA, NRMCA, Oldcastle lead materials sector PAC contributors

Sources: Center for Responsive Politics, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Using Federal Election Commission data through late October, the Center for Responsive Politics has tracked major supporters of political action committees (PAC) representing concrete, aggregate, cement and asphalt production interests. Among Building Materials & Equipment, one of six Construction Sector categories, are these leading PAC contributors to 2016 federal office candidates:

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Giant Cement deal brings sixth Latin America market player to U.S.

Sources: Elementia S.A.B. de C.V., Mexico City; CP staff

Elementia is set for an early-November closing on a 55 percent stake in Giant Cement Holding Inc. through a deal with Madrid-based Cementos Portland Valderrivas, S.A. Giant Cement spans namesake, Dragon Products Co. and Keystone brands, respectively, across South Carolina, Maine and Pennsylvania cement plants, totaling 2.8 million tons/year capacity; six terminals serving New England, New York, Virginia and the Carolinas; three limestone and two sand & gravel operations; and, four waste handling and processing sites.

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Masonry Institute’s Wall Systems Library augments BIM-M

Source: International Masonry Institute, Bowie, Md.

On behalf of the Building Information for Masonry Initiative (BIM-M), IMI is preparing the Wall Systems Library (WSL) for January launch. Based on SketchUp and its companion LayOut program, WSL will benefit architects, engineers and contractors as it presents design and construction options in a systematic way and simplifies decision making.

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Constitutional protections thwart White House’s ‘blacklisting rule’

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

Free speech and due process protections in the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution frame a judge’s preliminary injunction order that prevents the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council from implementing key provisions of its final rule—plus companion Department of Labor (DOL) guidance—supporting President Barack Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.

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ACI council advances taller wind turbine tower building practice

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

The release of ACI ITG-9R-16: Report on Design of Concrete Wind Turbine Towers is timed with wind energy interests’ pursuit of extending structures to higher elevations with markedly more energy extraction potential than current generation towers (≤ 325 feet or 100 meters).

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