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Ready mixed producers’ 2015 market confidence remains on upward trajectory

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Based on April Producer Confidence Survey responses, NRMCA’s latest industry confidence index reached a 75.1 level for the first quarter of 2015—amid a stock market at historic highs, positive companion economic indicators, and shipment figures showing 2014 as the first year since 2008 where U.S. per capita ready mixed concrete consumption eclipsed one yard.

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Besser leverages global sales team to extend Rosetta Hardscapes’ wet cast solutions

Sources: Besser Co., Alpena, Mich.; CP staff

A marketing agreement will see the Besser sales organization promote the Rosetta Hardscapes product line to domestic and international prospects, augmenting the latter company’s existing sales & marketing. The variety of Rosetta units and plant equipment offerings, Besser officials note, will appeal to producers throughout the industry—across manufactured concrete and ready mixed.

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Heavy-haul workhorse caps charter Caterpillar Class 8 truck series

Sources: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.; CP staff

Cat i150A 124-in. bumper to back of cab (bbc), set-forward axle model suited to heavy-haul or other extreme conditions commanding big bore power, the CT680 completes Caterpillar’s initial on-highway truck series. The company unveiled it at a late-April dealer meeting in Texas, and announced formal launch two weeks later at the Tinaja Hills demonstration facility outside Tucson, Ariz.

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