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DOT-grade units boost overall segmental retaining wall sales

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

The 2017 NCMA SRW Sales Survey of U.S. and Canadian hardscape producers indicates year-over-year segmental retaining wall shipment gains of 3 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively, for 2016 and 2015. Now in its second year, the survey reflects data from 39 SRW producers or licensors spanning 178 plant locations.

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California State University, Chico CIM director earns top ASTM award

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

California State University, Chico Assistant Professor of Engineering Feraidon Ataie, Ph.D. has been named ASTM 2017 Professor of the Year, recognizing the contributions of educators in developing students’ understanding of standards. He joined the faculty in 2014 and has been the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) programs director since 2015.

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California moves first on Iron Workers’ revised rebar, P-T safety standards

Source: Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust, Washington, D.C.

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) is the first state-approved Occupational Safety and Health Administration plan to adopt the Iron Workers’ (IW) comprehensive updates for reinforcing steel and post-tensioning practice.

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NRMCA, ASCC step up parking lot promotion

Sources: American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis,

The joint ASSC/NRMCA Paving Committee has designated the first six pieces of a Paving Tool Box to assist concrete contractors in understanding and promoting parking lot design and construction.

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Ash Grove shareholders clear path for CRH acquisition

Sources: Ash Grove Cement Co., Overland Park, Kan.; CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff

Shareholders controlling just over 63 percent of Ash Grove Cement voting stock have approved a $3.5 billion merger agreement with Oldcastle Inc. parent company CRH. The deal is projected for a late-2017 or early-2018 closing and will position Atlanta-based Oldcastle Materials as the number five U.S. portland cement producer, with 8 million-plus tons’ annual capacity, while strengthening its role among the top five aggregates and ready mixed concrete operators.

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