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Lead forecaster: Infrastructure, housing, producer consolidation key to 2015

Sources: FMI Corp., Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff

Construction- and engineering-geared management consultant FMI views increased infrastructure spending levels, continued housing activity growth and accelerated market consolidation as linchpins to a successful year. In its U.S. Markets Construction Overview 2015 report, the firm observes:

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ICPI revises Permeable Design program with CAD output

Source: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.

Updated from a charter 2008 version and available in a free trial, Permeable Design Pro Software v2.0 for permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) generates time-saving cross section drawings with base and subbase thicknesses, plus CAD drawings illustrating calculated hydrologic and structural requirements from user-designated rainfall events, runoff flows from contiguous surfaces, traffic loads, underdrains and soil subgrade characterizations.

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Discharged, union-wise dump and mixer driver prevails in back pay case

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

In one of its final 2014 decisions, the NLRB adopted an administrative law judge’s order that Fairmont Heights, Md.-based Pessoa Construction Co. pay a former dump truck driver $95,000 in back wages. It settles protracted pay period and calculation proceedings triggered by an initial agency decision determining the highway contractor violated the National Labor Relations Act when it terminated William Membrino for “union activities.”

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