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Nucor unveils plan for $240M Florida rebar mill

Sources: Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C.; CP staff

Nucor will strengthen its position as a top concrete reinforcing steel producer with the construction of a Frostproof, Fla., micro mill equipped for up to 350,000 tons/year output. It announced the $240 million investment less than four months after committing a similar outlay for a rebar micro mill in Sedalia, Mo.

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ISO safety standard emulates 9001 quality, 14001 environmental models

Sources: International Organization for Standardization, Geneva; CP staff

The just-published ISO 45001:2018, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, specifies requirements for companies and organizations to improve worker injury- and illness-prevention methods. Based on ISO 9001, Quality management systems and 14001, Environmental management systems common elements, it provides a Plan-Do-Check-Act model users can implement to help minimize risks to employees.

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NCMA Foundation opens building, hardscape unit design competition

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

The NCMA Education and Research Foundation’s 2018 Unit Design Competition exposes students in college or university design and construction programs to concrete masonry and hardscape products. Individual school teams begin in local competitions, proposing an innovative design for a concrete masonry or hardscape unit that can be produced on current equipment. First place teams from the local rounds qualify for the national competition, the top three teams from which will be invited to present their unit design at the NCMA Midyear Meeting, July 31-August 3 in Chicago. Additional information on the competition and entry submissions can be obtained here.

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BuRec competition targets water pipeline performance improvement

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; CP staff

With a purse up to $75,000 divided among five finalists, the Bureau of Reclamation has launched a two-stage competition seeking innovative methods to detect leaks and flaws in buried pipelines—primarily 48-in. and larger prestressed concrete cylinder or steel pipe—that convey water for municipal, industrial, and agricultural uses.

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Contractors paint dire jobs, cost consequences in steel, aluminum tariff aftermath

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Responding to President Donald Trump’s March 8 order applying respective 25 percent and 10 percent tariffs to steel and aluminum imports from countries outside the NAFTA region, AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr noted: "These tariffs will cause significant harm to the nation's construction industry, put tens of thousands of high-paying construction jobs at risk, undermine the President's proposed infrastructure initiative and potentially dampen demand for new construction.

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