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Trump infrastructure plan: Spur investment, cut permitting, improve training

Sources: National Stone Sand & Gravel Association, Alexandria, Va.; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

President Donald Trump's formal infrastructure proposal hinges on four basic principals: stimulate at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending through a 10-year, $200-billion federal commitment; shorten project permitting windows; invest in rural transportation, environmental and related public works; and, improve training to attract qualified workers to the trades.

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Boral R&D chief to address supply, logistics challenges at Ash Trade conference

Sources: GMI Global LLC, Las Vegas; CP staff

Boral Resources Vice President of Research & Development Rafic Minkara, Ph.D., P.E., will present "Fly Ash Sustainability In the USA: Regulatory Challenges, Resource Availability and Product Quality” at Slag & AshTrade Americas 2018, February 22-23 in Cancun, Mexico. As an executive with North America’s leading ASTM C618-grade source, he will highlight such material availability measures as logistics investments and legacy resource reclamation, plus technologies to mitigate ash quality issues. Joining him on the seven-speaker program will be LafargeHolcim Business Development Manager of Alternative Raw Materials Andrew Spivak, who will lead the “Vision of Alternative Resources: Fuels and Materials” panel discussion. The conference will take place at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort. Additional details and registration can be obtained here.

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Stanley Black & Decker opens 3D printing venture to concrete candidates

Sources: Stanley Black & Decker, Hartford, Conn.; CP staff

The entrepreneurial Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator program for 2018 will support up to 10 entities targeting processes that build or print 3D objects by adding layer upon layer of concrete, metal, plastic or other material.

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Knife River books nearly $42M gain from Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

Sources: MDU Resources Group Inc., Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff

A Tax Cuts & Jobs Act-prompted reevaluation of 2017 net deferred tax liabilities across MDU Resources produced a $41.9 million addition to fourth quarter figures for the Knife River Corp. construction materials business unit. Federal tax reform passed late last year lowers the corporate tax rate from 39 percent to 21 percent. The deferred tax liabilities gain positioned Knife River to contribute $123.4 million of MDU Resources' $284.2 million in 2017 earnings, against respective prior year figures of $102.7 million and $232.4 million.

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Sustainable construction drives new Global Cement & Concrete Association

Sources: Global Cement & Concrete Association, London; CP staff

The parent companies of CalPortland, Cemex USA, Holcim, Lafarge North America, Lehigh Hanson, Oldcastle Inc. and Votorantim Cement North America are among charter members of the Global Cement & Concrete Association (GCCA), dedicated to strengthening the sector's contribution to sustainable construction and offering solutions to social challenges across the world.

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