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NPCA opens Sustainability Awards call for entries

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

NPCA is accepting 2018 Sustainability Awards submissions in two producer and two associate member categories, respectively: Best Project and Best Company/Plant; Best Product and Best Company/Plant. Each category will have one winner; other approved entries will receive honorable mention. Graphics profiling all approved entries will be prominently displayed at The Precast Show 2018, February 22-24 in Denver, and featured at www.precast.org and in upcoming NPCA periodicals.

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Ozinga Merry Mixer: 20,000 LED lights, 2 speakers, 1 holiday playlist, 0 yards

Sources: Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete Inc.; CP staff

Participants in northern Illinois and Indiana town gatherings or community organization events will see the concrete mixer truck in a cheerful light this holiday season thanks to the industry’s largest independent operator.

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Coal ash recycling at record rate despite lower concrete market consumption

Sources: American Coal Ash Association, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

The American Coal Ash Association’s just-released “Production and Use Survey” pegs 2016 Class F and Class C fly ash consumption in concrete at 14.4 million tons, down 8 percent from the prior year’s record 15.7 million tons. ACAA attributes the dip to regional supply shortages that resulted from power plant shutdowns and generating stations’ changing fuel profiles. Demand for fly ash remained strong across all concrete markets last year, the group affirms, and utilization likely would have been higher absent logistical disruptions.

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Command Alkon tracks ‘Domino’s’ effect on customer expectations

Sources: CP staff; Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.

In a sign of rapidly changing times for information technology and heavy building materials, Command Alkon departed from past annual customer conference agendas at ELEVATE 2017. Attendees of the early-November gathering were compelled to grasp the a) parallels between their business-to-business operations and two business-to-consumer service and product brands; and, b) role of analytics and Big Data in anticipating construction market conditions driving profitability and growth.

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