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Sources: Thomas Concrete Group, Gothenburg, Sweden; CP staff

Sweden’s Thomas Concrete has acquired three North Carolina and South Carolina ready mixed plants, strategic to the Myrtle Beach market. They join 64 other plants, across the Carolinas and Georgia, under a U.S. headquarters in Atlanta.

Sources: Helix Steel, Ann Arbor, Mich.; CP staff

A proprietary test described in ASTM International’s Journal of Testing and Evaluation provides for direct comparison of steel fiber and conventional rebar concrete specimen tensile properties, according to Helix Steel, developer of Twisted Steel Micro Reinforcement.

Sources: Slag Cement Association, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

Slag cement producers reported a 12 percent year-over-year gain in 2016 shipments, totaling about 3 million tons.

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshocken, Pa.; CP staff

A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruling permanently enjoins Public.Resource.org from infringement of nine ASTM, ASHRAE and National Fire Protection Association copyrighted codes and standards. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit listing a Sebastopol, Calif., headquarters, Public.Resource.org had posted the standards developments organizations’ (SDO) documents on a site billed as “Making Government Information More Accessible.”

Sources: Cemex USA, Houston; CP staff

The new home of 200-plus Cemex USA headquarters staff is designed to tell the story of company products through the use and display of concrete, cement and aggregate. Lending an industrial feel, effects include polished concrete hallway floors, cement-based wall tile treatments and handrails fabricated from rebar, which is also used as a circular ring bearing video monitors in the facility’s Customer Experience Center.