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Caltrans veteran takes helm of lightweight aggregate group

Sources: Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute, Chicago; CP staff

California State University, Fresno College of Engineering Associate Professor Fariborz Tehrani, Ph.D., P.E., has been named Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute director, bringing nearly three decades of structural and geotechnical engineering experience.

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Oldcastle Precast, Pomeroy veteran Grafton lands new PCI Operations post

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

PCI recently appointed R. Jon Grafton, a certified professional engineer, as director of Operations Services, where he will serve as Business Performance Council staff liaison and contribute to productivity, erector, and safety efforts. He joins PCI with more than 30 years' experience in precast, prestressed concrete, most recently as Oldcastle Precast manager of Business Development. In that role, he pursued design-build projects using precast/prestressed concrete, and helped develop new products that could be marketed throughout the company's 90+ plants across the United States and Canada.

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Steam-based aggregate drying brings energy efficiency to bagging lines

Sources: CDS Inc., Boonton, N.J.; CP staff

Best known in manufactured-concrete production for its Envirocure technology, CDS has unveiled the R-O2 Drying System, whose reduced oxygen, superheated steam atmosphere serves as an energy-wise medium for bringing sand, gravel and stone moisture levels to zero.

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Lawmakers tie hybrid plans to multiemployer pension system reform

Source: Office of U.S. Representative Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.-1)

Representatives Phil Roe, M.D. and Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) present their Give Retirement Options to Workers (GROW) Act as a bipartisan effort designed to modernize, strengthen and safeguard the multiemployer pension plan system for the future.

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At 50, 11-plant Jensen Precast exemplifies major independent label

Sources: Jensen Precast, Sparks, Nev.; CP staff

One of the largest family owned operators in underground products for commercial building and local, state or federal agency infrastructure work marked five decades in business on February 14.

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