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Optimism Mile High at The Precast Show 2018

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association; CP staff

Drawing 4,500-plus attendees late last month to Denver, The Precast Show continues a steady, post-recession growth trajectory as North America’s largest annual, precast-specific trade show. This year’s event had 375 exhibitors across 73,000 net square feet of Colorado Convention Center space.

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NPCA cites domestic steel pricing, capacity concerns with Trump tariffs

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

Tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel that President Donald Trump announced this month would negatively impact the precast concrete industry, according to National Precast Concrete Association President Ty Gable. “When you impose high tariffs, two major things happen,” he says. “The price of domestic steel goes through the roof. Second, there is a capacity problem and [producers] have difficulty getting their materials on time.”

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Argos USA channels cement kiln-derived CO2 to ready mixed concrete

Sources: CP staff; CarbonCure Technologies, Halifax, N.S.

Argos USA has anchored a five-member consortium targeting a closed loop model of carbon dioxide capture and recycling in cement and concrete production. In an early-2018 demonstration, the company used CO2 from its Calera, Ala., cement plant in commercial concrete produced at its Glenwood, Ga., batch plant. That Atlanta-area ready mixed operation is among nearly 100 sites, primarily in the U.S., equipped with CarbonCure Technologies CO2 storage and injection devices. The CarbonCure process uses the greenhouse gas to promote cement hydration in high to zero slump concrete.

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Martin Marietta, Vulcan sales and profits stay in lockstep

Sources: CP staff; Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.; Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.

For a second consecutive year, the industry's top aggregates producers closed 12 months with near-equal financials, albeit from differing levels of sand & gravel, crushed stone, ready mixed concrete, cement and asphalt.

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